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Mission Updates

Recent updates on current Roots & Shoots missions

If we die, we’re taking you with us (The Bees)

To mark World Bee Day, Year 7 Rookwood House at St Mary’s School Ascot prepared a memorable assembly. The whole school was in attendance and pupils and staff were given some thought-provoking material. This year, World Bee Day highlighted that one-third of the UK’s bee population has disappeared over the past decade and 24% of […]

Recycling is fun

At our school we joined The Big Battery Hunt competition to educate our children about why we should all recycle batteries. Well, they all joined in the fight. At the end of the competition they had recycled 45,050 old batteries and educated their parents. We recycle everything at our school and we were the first […]

Palm Oil – Mad Hatters

4th June 2019 Palm oil and the detrimental effects palm oil plantations are having on forests around the world including Indonesia, Malaysia, South America and Africa, but most importantly; how these plantations are impacting climate change, along with the animals that live in those forests, is quite a hefty subject and one that’s very complicated. […]

Busy Bees

Bees were a big deal in Mad Hatters Nursery the week commencing 20th May, World Bee Day. The children had been making finger puppets, honeycomb biscuits and planting bee friendly herbs and flowers in the garden before I’d arrived that week. They’d also taken part in a children’s bee and bug yoga class, so naturally […]

St Mary’s School Ascot Up-cycling Project

Members of the Eco Committee at St Mary’s School Ascot constantly discuss ways in which students might reduce the use of plastic in their daily life at school. Over the last year all plastic cups in the student refectory have been replaced by water glasses and polystyrene lunch boxes have been replaced by reusable Tupperware […]

Lethal Mosquito – St Mary’s School Ascot

The world’s deadliest animal is not what students at St Mary’s Ascot expected. According to a study supported and published by Bill Gates, approximately 6 lives per year are claimed by sharks, 60,000 people lose their lives due to snake bites, 580,000 humans are killed by other humans and 830,000 people are killed by mosquitoes […]

Precious Water – St Mary’s School Ascot

Salt water makes up approximately 97% of Earth’s water which leaves only about 3% freshwater available for plants and animals. In addition, two thirds of the freshwater is actually frozen solid in glaciers, snow and polar ice caps. Only surface water and groundwater can be used by living organisms and once it becomes polluted, it […]