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Coldfall is a Green School
At Coldfall Primary School we continually strive to be an Eco-friendly school. In 2008, Coldfall became the first Haringey School to be awarded the prestigious Green Flag for our work with children on sustainable development and living.
We also proud to announce that we have recently achieved our Gold Level Accreditation from the TFL Stars community project
Active School Travel Policy
At Coldfall Primary School we encourage pupils, parents and staff to travel to school by cycling, scooting and walking wherever possible. To help with this we work with Transport for London to help make sustainable and active travel easier for everyone. (At present we have our Gold STARs award from TFL which we are keen to maintain.)
We have six Year 5 Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTAs) made up of keen pupils whose job it is to make travelling to school safer and more active. They help organise and run associated events as well as carry out surveys and report back to our Star Squad, other members of the school community and TfL.
This school travel policy explains how we encourage active travel to school. For pupils unable to come by foot, scooter or bike, we like to encourage use of public transport, car-share or use of the 5 or 10 minute walk zone.
Some of the benefits of active travel:
- Improving both mental and physical health through physical activity
- Establishing positive active travel behaviour
- Promoting independence and improving safety awareness
- Reducing congestion, noise and pollution in the community
- Reducing the environmental impact of the journey to school.
To encourage pupils to cycle, scoot or walk to school frequently the school will:
- Actively promote cycling, scooting and walking as a positive way of travelling
- Celebrate the achievements of those who cycle, scoot and walk to school
- Provide cycle and scooter storage on the school site
- Provide high quality cycle training to all Year 6 pupils who wish to participate.
To make cycling, scooting and walking to and from school a positive experience for everybody concerned, we expect our pupils to:
- Wear a cycle helmet
- Ride and walk sensibly and safely and to follow the Highway Code and Green Cross Code using patrol personnel, zebra crossings etc when available
- Check that their bicycle or scooter is roadworthy and regularly maintained
- Behave in a manner which shows them and the school in the best possible light and to consider the needs of others when cycling or scooting
- Ensure they can be seen by other road users, by using lights and wearing high-visibility clothing, as appropriate
- Dismount bicycles and scooters at the school gate and walk inside the school grounds.
For the well-being of our pupils, we expect parents and carers to:
- Encourage their child to walk, cycle or scoot to school whenever possible
- Encourage their child to take up opportunities to develop their competence and confidence in cycling or scooting
- Consider cycling, scooting and walking with their child on the school run; possibly joining with other families as a ‘cycle train’
- Provide their child with equipment such as high-visibility clothing, lights, a lock and essentially a cycle helmet as appropriate
- Ensure that the bicycles and scooters ridden to school are roadworthy and regularly maintained.
Please note: The decision as to whether a child is competent to cycle, scoot or walk safely to and from school rests with the parent(s)/carer(s). The school has no liability for any consequences of that decision. Parents are advised to take out appropriate insurance cover for bikes (check home insurance) as the school’s insurance does not cover any loss or damage to bicycles and scooters. They are left entirely at the owner’s risk. We therefore recommend that bikes and scooters are padlocked appropriately and collected at the end of each day.
Walk to School Week and The 10 Minute Walk Zone
As a school we promote walking to school. Coldfall has launched an exciting travel initiative called the ’10 minute walk zone’ . The aim of the zone is to encourage as many families as possible to walk either all or part of the way to school. If you do need to drive, please try to park outside of the 10 minute walk zone and walk the rest of the way.
Remember that walking to school is one of the easiest ways to improve your family’s health and well being. You will also be helping to ease the congestion around the school entrances and make it much safer for children as they approach the school gates. Best of all, it’s free!
We have mapped out a 10 minute walk zone to school and encourage everyone to walk a little each day even if they are driven part of the way!
On 18th June 2018 we were presented with the International Eco-Schools Award following a really successful assessment and are now proud to be able to fly the Green Flag again. Work towards Green Flag status involved a multitude of aspects such as looking after the school grounds by increasing biodiversity, reducing litter and raising awareness of environmental issues. Pupils have also learnt about lots of different environmental topics such as air pollution and global warming as part of the school curriculum.
The assessor was very impressed with the Coldfall pupils, especially the Star Squad. The assessor Sandra said “An extremely enjoyable visit to a very green school – The Star Squad and Miss Bunston work extremely hard to keep up the high standard of sustainability which they have set themselves. Due to the innovation, energy and enthusiasm of Miss Bunston and her team, they have achieved great things and there is a great ethos of sharing and caring at the school for which I congratulate the whole team and the rest of the school – keep it up-you are a good role model for others and the children who go through Coldfall will have the benefit of knowing how to deal with Climate Change and how to create a sustainable future.”
Year 2 pupil Eva Parfitt, member of the Star Squad, said “I felt very happy when we found out that we had achieved the Green Flag Award because we all put a lot of hard work into it. I know that this is just the beginning and we will carry on being really green in the future.”
Below is our Green Charter:
Pupil Honor Ibbotson-Tye from Year 3 said “I am very proud to be part of the team that has won the Green Flag for Coldfall. We have all put a lot of effort into it and I want to keep on helping my school to be green and caring for the environment. This year I really enjoyed doing an assembly to the whole school about waste and how you should reduce first, then reuse and only then recycle.”
The great thing about the Green Flag award is that reassessment is required every 2 years so it is a process of continuous improvement towards being sustainable. Watch this space to find out where we will take our Eco-School next!
One of our aims is for children to grow up understanding their responsibility towards each other and our environment. Children are the future generation; they are the future leaders and citizens of our planet. It is therefore vital that they develop an appreciation for the earth and a desire to protect it. In order to achieve this, the school incorporates ‘green’ teaching and learning activities into its everyday practice.
We have an Eco-team (named the Star Squad) which consists of 18 children who meet weekly to help make our school more Eco-friendly. There is a representative from each class from Years 1 – 6.
One of the projects the Star Squad has undertaken this year to help maintain our Green Flag status is they have launched a new snack policy. This involved the switch of snacks from packaged to just fruits and vegetables in their natural state. As a Green Flag school, which strives to reduce waste, we estimate by making this simple swap we have saved approximately 154 plastic packages from going to a landfill site per day so over the course of a week we are reducing single use plastic by over 770 items which is fantastic. In addition, we estimate that through this small change our children have consumed at least 96 fewer teaspoons of sugar per day so over the course of the week that sugar is equivalent to approximately four 500g bags of sugar, which is a fantastic achievement for the health of our pupils.
Star Squad keep an eye out for litter and if it becomes a problem we conduct a litter pick around the school grounds and also in Coldfall Woods so that we can help our community.
In addition to all of the hard work that the Star Squad does, each class has Eco-monitors who help with the recycling and remind their peers to switch off the lights when they are not needed. Children are made aware of the value of paper and are encouraged to ensure all paper is used carefully and fully.
Lunches and Food Waste
Our school lunch menu is very healthy with Monday being a meat-free day. We grow a range of fruit and vegetables on our allotments for use in our food technology room. Learning about cooking is one of the children’s favourite activities and it is particularly rewarding when they get to sample produce that they have helped to grow.
We aim to reduce food waste at Coldfall and have food waste bins in the dining hall which are collected by the Council for composting. We also encourage children who bring food from home to use reusable containers instead of plastic bags and cling film. Our ultimate goal is to have waste free lunches. In addition, we have a 3 bin composting system in our allotment which encourages children to recycle organic waste from their morning snacks.
School Uniform and Solar Panels
The school has solar panels installed to help reduce its energy consumption and has introduced a range of other energy saving measures.
We even have an Eco-friendly school uniform. It is made from 100% pure organic cotton, is Eco-friendly (no nasty chemicals are used in its production) and ethically and sustainably produced in socially compliant factories certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards).
We welcome parents’ support in developing our green agenda. Currently, one parent leads on maintaining our allotments.
Watch the video below to see Eva, our parent helper, give you a tour around our allotment.
Walk to School Month has got off to a great start this October! Thank you to all of the families who are walking, scooting or cycling to school and doing their bit to improve road safety and air quality around the school whilst also reaping the benefits that active...