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Keeping Brightside Green



The Green Team

The Green Team at Brightside NI School have a special job to help Miss Parker and Miss Buck to take care of the environment in and around school.  The Green Team meet every two weeks to discuss ideas, plans and do jobs around school! Please see the action plan below to find out our plans for this year or see our Eco-Board display in the hall for more information. 





Autumn 1- This half term the pupils in year 1 and year 2 applied to become part of the Green Team. They had to explain how they can help to look after our school. Then, Miss Buck and Miss Parker chose 2 pupils from each class to help them. The Green Team had their first meeting with Miss Buck to discuss ways to improve our school environment. The Green Team are litter and light monitors for their own classrooms. They remind the teachers to turn off the lights when they leave the classrooms and they check for any litter around school. When they have completed their monitor job, they tick it off on the Eco-Board display in the hall. 


Autumn 2The Green Team thought about ways the whole school can help to save water, save electricity and promote recycling. Then they created some amazing posters to go around school to remind children to turn off the taps, turn off the lights and to recycle rubbish. Have a look for our posters around school, next to light switches, on paper bins and above the taps in the toilets and classrooms. 


Spring 1 - This half term the school participated in 'Walk to School Week'. The event lasted for two weeks, and lots of children travelled to school by walking, cycling and even on scooters to help save our environment, reduce pollution and to keep our bodies healthy. All of the children that participated received a certificate. The Green Team looked at the results from previous years and found that even more children managed to walk to school instead of travelling by car or bus! The whole school participated in Green Week and we discussed ways we can improve our school and the environment and we completed lots of activities such as; creating mind maps and posters, reading stories linked to recycling (Stella the Seagull) and watching videos about ways we can help! 


Spring 2 - The Green Team have been thinking about how they can improve our school garden. The school had lots of seeds and flower pots donated to them, so the Green Team helped Miss Buck to plant some seeds in pots. They water the plants everyday to make them grow. They planted lots of different flowers, and they also planted vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and onions in the school garden. The Green Team water the vegetables everyday at playtime or dinner time. They decided that when the vegetables grow they would like to give them to our school cook to be used in the kitchen. 


Summer 1 - This half term Miss Parker and Mrs Abrahams have started Forest School after school club on Tuesdays with our reception children. The Green Team have been very busy picking up litter in the playground and Wildlife Garden, pulling out weeds, planting sunflowers and watering all of the plants around school. We have also organised a sunflower growing competition for all of the children in school. The Green Team helped Miss Buck to make packs of sunflower seeds and instructions for all of the children in school, and then they explained the competition to the the rest of the children in their classes. 



Action Plan for 2021/2022-



In 2021 we continued to develop our projects such as the School Garden and the Outdoor Woodland Area.

We elected a Green Team! The Green team met with Miss Beard at dinner times and helped her to take care of the school garden. They planted lots of seeds and bulbs and grew some delicious vegetables to eat. 

They have also been involved in a range of projects such as:

  • Active Week
  • Green Week/Community Week
  • World Culture Day
  • International Week 
  • Gardening lunch time club 
  • Developing our Outdoor Learning Area alongside business firms from the local community
  • Monitors to help keep our school 'green' e.g. light monitor, plant monitor
  • Pet rabbits 
  • Forest Schools field area