Posted on January 25th, 2013 by Agent Oosthuizen
Recent updates on current Roots & Shoots missions
Posted on January 21st, 2013 by Agent Drummond
Hi everyone! Just a quick update to let you know how our fundraising is going.
Before Christmas we held a craft/bake sale at our school parent’s evening which turned out to be a great success. The previous week we held craft sessions where group members helped to create christmas cards and bird see fat balls to sell.
Almost everyone from the group was able to come at least one night so everyone got a chance to get creative – the fat balls were particularly messy, made by mixing bird seed with lard and shaping into balls. We made two kinds of cards, plainer robin/dove cards and ‘beadling’ cards which had a small beaded animal attached to the front which could then be detached and used …
Posted on December 13th, 2012 by Agent James
Tree wardens, staff and students old and new from The Long Eaton School helped the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, plant a special tree to mark The Queens Diamond Jubilee.
It was very appropriate that helping with the planting was Rotarian Alan Wiggins, who had been a student at the school during the coronation 60 years ago, and also Milly Dainty one of the schools’ current youngest students.
Erewash Borough Council Tree Wardens, staff from Initial and gardeners from Woodland Landscapes Ltd helped to prepare the ground for planting.
The tree was donated by The Tree Council and the schools Eco-Interactors chose a Scarlet Willow otherwise known as a Salix alba …
Posted on November 21st, 2012 by Agent Drummond
This month our Roots & Shoots group decided that cleaning up our community shores would be a great idea! Our group leaders Alice and Tansy had already organised lots of black bags and some rather large and unfashionable wax gloves for us so all we needed to was brace the wind and head for the rocks to pick up the rubbish!
On Saturday the 3rd of November , we worked as two teams; one morning team and one afternoon team to clear the Mills shoreline of rubbish (or “bruck” in Orcadian) and the black bags soon added up! Working as a big group was fun and Tansy and Alice were very encouraging of the whole team.
We were collecting everything from old …
Posted on November 15th, 2012 by Agent Wallace
Our Anglia Ruskin Roots & Shoots Team cleans Cherry Hinton Brook in Cambridge twice a year working with Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook and the council who provides us with equipment.
Sainsbury’s down Snakey Path also offers free refreshments, as it tends to be around their area, which is the worst.
Volunteers with Roots & Shoots Cambridge have been as high as 15, which have made for fast work! Even on the most recent rainy day when there were less of us I was particularly proud of my members and their children who thoroughly enjoyed the use of their waterproof gear! Cherry Hinton Brook boasts a variety of Wildlife including resident Kingfishers and has been reported on BBC Cambridgeshire this year for discussion …
Posted on November 9th, 2012 by Agent Crabtree
The beginning of the new school year has been very exciting for our Year 6 children. Every class chose a ‘learning hero’ to lead their topic and we chose Dr. Jane Goodall and what an inspiring few weeks we have had.
Research has seen us writing biographies and reports. Looking at habitats, life cycles and food chains of chimpanzees. Having debates discussing whether animals should be kept in captivity and filling our room and corridors with related art work. Our children were spurred on to organise a school assembly inviting parents along to share our enthusiasm. We made lots of small gifts to sell including cakes, cards, butterfly pencils, chimp masks and bookmarks. We were very successful and raised enough to …
Posted on November 1st, 2012 by Agent Jowett
Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Being sustainable is an important part of the ethos of Forge Valley Community School. We are a Green Flag Eco-School and Fairtrade School. Our Eco-School teams plan and run activities which enhance our sustainable ethos. When our building opened our design came second at the Sheffield Telegraph Environmental Awards.
Our students learn about sustainability though many subjects in the curriculum as well as extra-curricular activities in Enrichment as well as through the Eco-Teams.
We have been fortunate enough to work with other schools on our eco-ethos, including Wisewood Primary School and Thrybergh Secondary School. …
Posted on November 1st, 2012 by Agent Robinson
The past twelve months have seen us change from a grass roots friends and family team to one which has developed and implemented what many have stated, is possibly one of the largest, Community Capacity Project’s in the country.
Working in partnership with Jasper Hughes Educational Officer for the Highland Wildlife Park, we have instigated the first of a three phase Bio Diversity Project which will ultimately see seven Bio Hubs being used across the park, by groups engaged in an array of Citizen Science Activities.
We have underpinned our 25yr commitment to this venture through the establishment of yet another partnership, only this time it is with a team affiliated to Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Programme; the Charity Health & …
Posted on November 1st, 2012 by Agent Robertson
The past year has seen seemingly impossible advancement of our impact as a group on environmental endeavour in the Highlands with not only the commencement of possibly one of the biggest environmental citizen science opportunities in the country, but our commitment to a major Sapling Regeneration Programme in partnership with Dr Jan Dick from the Centre for Hydrology and Ecology in Edinburgh.
Essentially we have been given an area measuring approximately 10 square hectares and over the next 10 years we will conduct routine surveys of the land, sapling distribution, flora and fauna, with some of the information going towards important research on Climate Changes here in the Highlands.
We will conduct this work as a part of our own team activities …
Posted on November 1st, 2012 by Agent Robertson
Our actions in developing the Highland Wildlife Park Biodiversity Hub Project are said to be set to have a monumental impact on the future preservation, conservation protection and understanding of local wildlife here in the Highlands for generations to come.
The value of contributions which year on year citizen science projects will make to a diverse array of vital research on cold climate biodiversity projects is said to be potentially astronomical; and this is true whether it is a group of primary school children calculating the number of mini beasts in a set area or university students assessing the effects of climate change on feeding habits as part of some major survey.
We are keen to facilitate as many Roots & Shoots …