'Empties Please' specialise in recycling used printer cartridges. Their aim is to help schools raise funds and to encourage the next generation to get greener! They promise to collect your used printer cartridges and donate the money you raise straight back to our school!
Did you know:
- More than 40 million inkjet cartridges are dumped each year in the UK
- More than 1.1 billion inkjet cartridges are used around the world each year – laid end to end these would be 129 times as long as the Great Wall Of China!
- If you put your used cartridges in the bin they will take 1000 years to decompose
- Industry analysts estimate a used cartridge can be reused up to 7 times
As a school we are now registered with the scheme and have begun collecting used printer cartridges in the special recycling bins and bags provided. So please bring in any used printer cartridges!
Please see Miss Brownrigg or one of our Green Ambassadors for more detail.
The scheme promotes the benefit of walking to school to improve our own personal health as well as reducing our carbon footprint on the environment.
Children who walk to school at least once a week during the month can then purchase that month’s badge for 20p. In previous years the badges were provided free of charge, but unfortunately Living Streets who organises this scheme has lost its funding. We do hope that parent/carers will support the children who qualify for a badge by giving them 20p once a month.
The bench was kindly donated by the company after seeing our story and meeting Miss Brownrigg at the Chronicle Champion Awards. The company, who were also nominated finalists in the Green Category, heard how we have strive to improve and develop our school grounds and donated the bench.
The bench has been placed near a surrounding wall in our Forest School area where children can sit on it and relax while listening to and watching nature thrive in the natural environment.
Many thanks to our parents who supported this initiative and donated cards.
Following another extremely successful assessment in July 2016, we were again awarded the Green Flag to fly high and proud in our school grounds.
This third Green Flag represents the continued hard work, drive and determination of Miss Brownrigg and her Green Ambassadors.
The Green Ambassaodrs had voted unanimously for Mr Easton (our School Governor and retired caretaker) to raise the flag for the third time, with Mr McQueen (our current caretaker) to carry the flag and assist. The weather held out and the flag was soon flying high!
A big thank you has to go to Miss Brownrigg, our Green Ambassadors, Mr McQueen and the whole school community for all of their hard work that has made this possible.
There were 15 categories in the competition but the Nursery Schools and Colleges Category was first to be presented. Images of our winning grounds were projected on to a massive screen during the presentation, these included pictures of our Butterfly Garden, Forest Garden and Orchard. There were several very important people on the stage and in the audience and our representatives felt immensely proud when they listened to the presenter talking about our school and particularly when he acknowledged that we were indeed an ‘Eco School’. North Tyneside’s Young Mayor, Kieran Archer, who had helped judge this category, presented us with a certificate and a massive trophy which was engraved with our school’s name. We also received a £30.00 voucher for Wyevale Garden Centres. Miss Brownrigg, Peter and Mr McQueen have considered what they would like to buy with the voucher and decided that a special tree would be ideal because this would be a lasting reminder of this very special day.
We must give a special thank you to Miss Davison (Peter’s mum) for giving Peter permission to accompany Miss Brownrigg and Mr McQueen to this event. Peter was a credit to both his mum and our school. He was very smart, behaved impeccably and was a perfect ambassador for our school. We are all very proud of Peter and we are sure his mum must be especially proud of her son and the contribution he made to us gaining this outstanding achievement.
intu, the leading owner and manager of some of the UK’s favourite shopping centres, is bringing art and nature to life as it presents ‘The Big Birdhouse Tour’. With habitat loss on a speedy incline and backyard bird population suffering a heady decline, ‘The Big Birdhouse Tour’ works to fuse art with life and nature via a 16-month national exhibition. 15 British celebrities have each artfully designed a sizeable birdhouse; which will be exhibited in centres in a bid to raise money for the UK’s largest nature conservation charity - the RSPB.
We were invited to take part in this fantastic project, thanks to Miss Christine Morris, our Final Placement SCITT graduate. Claire and Paula from intu Eldon Square came to visit our school and gave a short presentation about “Giving Nature a Home”. They also challenged our pupils to use their creative drawing skills to capture some amazing and memorable moments for the categories: 'Surprising Homes', Feeding Time/Grubs Up' and 'Freedom and Movement'. Our artwork will then be displayed in Eldon Square as part of The Birdhouse Tour from 26th July to 21st August.
As a thank you, we have been given an RSPB ‘wildlife’ bundle worth over £700. This bundle will enable our children to continue to nurture their new love for nature by ‘giving nature a home’ within our school environment.
Please keep an eye out for our story in the local press soon too!
To find out more about The Big Birdhouse Challenge, please visit the following website:
Well done Josh...your story will help to shape the new Woodland Charter for Woods, Trees and People which is launching in 2017.
To read Josh's amazing story, click on the download link below:
As part of their new topic 'Fee Fi Fo Fum', Year Two have been looking at giants. This has included giant statues, sculptures and structures.
As part of their learning outside the classroom Science lesson, the children have been finding out about wind turbines and how they create energy through using natural forces like the wind.
As part of last term's topic, 'Down At The Bottom Of The Garden', Year Two made some chicks and ladybirds through recycling natural materials. They painted the pine cones either yellow or red depending on whether they wanted to make a chick or a ladybird.
Next they added a pompom head, eyes, feathers and feelers for detail before finally using our miniature willow tree as a natural resource to hang their creations on. We hope you like them and that they will inspire you to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Visit Reception's class and gallery pages to find out more!
We showed him around and he met many of our fantastic children. He then posed for selfies before we sent him on his travels to Aragon Primary School in London.
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This project will help to promote healthy eating at lunchtimes too. Using ingredients in their lunch boxes the children will be encouraged to think of new tasty meals to make from their little person.
At Percy Main Primary School we are proud holders of the Learning Outside the Classroom Gold Award, and as such actively promotes environmental issues across their school community. We work closely with environmental organisations and consequently are given the opportunity to nominate members of our Eco-Schools Committee (our 'Green Ambassadors) for awards on an annual basis through the Green Ambassador Awards scheme sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. As a result of this commitment to the Eco-Schools agenda and the way in which he has influenced many aspects of sustainability, we nominated Spencer Bell for one of the WWF top awards.
Everyone concerned at our school was delighted when we received a phone call from the awarding body informing us that Spencer had been short listed for the Pupil Award and that he and his mum were invited to attend the WWF Green Ambassador summit in Surrey in July.
At the summit Spencer enjoyed every new experience that came his way and out of 120 pupils he came second. The judging was so close that he received the same prize as the winner which was an Apple iPad mini as well as a special carved wooden trophy. He returned from the summit enthused and inspired by his new experiences and will never forget what his nomination meant to him and the outcomes of this achievement.
Spencer said ‘It feels amazing. I feel now I can make a better future. It’s made me feel more accomplished and I know more about sustainability in a big way. I can plan ahead now for a better and brighter future. Going to London made my award so very special. London is a big city and important. The awards in Surrey at the Living Planet Centre made me realise what a massive achievement I had accomplished and I feel a massive achievement towards our future. I was nervous when they called out my name but I just thought be myself and be glad that I have been given this opportunity. I felt I needed to think about all the people who had supported me so I just carried on; I knew that if people found out about the awards it would not just be people in Percy Main but also people in our local area and it might change people’s opinions of what we do in the area we live in.’
In addition we also recently celebrated another outstanding environmental achievement. Holly Newby, another one of our Green Ambassador, was also nominated for an award through ‘Living Streets.’ Living Streets is the organisation that promotes walking to school. Holly has recently returned form London after winning the Charles Maher Award and was the first child ever to do so.
Holly said of her achievement ‘Going to London made my award very special. It is the main place to represent the UK and the award ceremony being there just made the whole experience more personal. More people will know all about us now and I feel so proud to have been recognised in this way.’
Both Holly and Spencer have been Green Ambassadors fat Percy Main since 2011 and have grown in their commitment to making our school and their local environment more sustainable. In 2012 we achieved the prestigious Green Flag Status through the Eco-Schools Programme and these personal awards have certainly proved just what fantastic achievements can be made by those who are prepared to care for the future of our environment.
Both stories appeared in the local press too. To view these, please click on the links below:
We had lots of fantastic entries and our Green Ambassadors had a very difficulut job choosing the winners and runners up!
Well done to our winners - Lexie Chirnside and Lauren Grant. There designs have now been printed onto a banner to be displayed proudly outside of school.
Thank you very much to Russell Cave (Project Coordinator, Living Streets) for supporting the competition and supplying the banner.
Using technology called 'Augmented Reality' the App brings the latest badge to life!
Download the App from the Apple App Store or Play Store.
For more information visit the Living Stretts website:
Percy Main Primary has made a huge commitment to achieving environmental excellence through engaging in the Eco School Programme and in July 2012 our school was awarded the Green Flag Status. This has just be re-assessed and we are very proud to have been awarded the Green Flag again in June .2014
Our team of Green Ambassadors continue to lead and support our school in all areas relating to the sustainable schools framework and many aspects of this work are carried out with the help and support of the local community.
Our most recent venture has been to work with a team of ‘gardening experts’ from The Hands on Our Land Team which are based at the Rising Sun County Park and gardeners from the Meadows Community Centre who spent a day at school working with children planting an orchard.
We also now have a family of doves who live on our school grounds.
To find out more please click on the links below:
This commendation was in recognition of the unselfish volunteering of their time to make a significant personal contribution to their local community.
The presentaion took place on 26th June in the Council Chambers. Our team of Green Ambassadors, accompanied by Miss Brownrigg, Mrs Callaghan and Miss Newby had a great evening mingling with other successful recipients. The pupils did us proud!