Welcome to Percy Main Primary School

Our School Eco Code

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British Red Cross Pillowcase Project

It is estimated that natural disasters have affected approximately 250 million people worldwide every year in the last decade. More than half of those affected have been children (IFRC 2010).

The Pillowcase Project initiated by the American Red Cross and funded by The Walt Disney Company,

helps children aged 7–11 develop understanding, and the skills to cope with and respond to any weather-related emergency they may face. As part of the programme, children decorate an emergency ‘grab bag’ pillowcase with the items they would want to have with them in an emergency and take this home with them to share their learning with their family. This project has strong curriculum links; and many of the skills children learn as part of this project can be transferred to other areas of their learning and their lives; including skills such as: communication, coping and listening, problem solving and creative and critical thinking.

The Red Cross experienced an overwhelming response from schools interested in the 2017 Pillowcase project and quickly reached their quota of schools. We were extremely pleased that Percy Main was one of the school chosen to participate and soon received our pillowcases and fabric pens in the post!

Miss Brownrigg and the children in Year Two got started straight away! The children began by thinking about what they would want to take with them (asking their parents and carers for suggestions too) and then carefully decorated their pillowcase to reflect their thoughts and ideas.

Click on the photos and link below to find out more and to see their fabulous work:

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Platinum Woodland Trust's Green Tree Award

The Woodland Trust has, over many years, rewarded schools for completing environmental projects and encouraging outdoor learning and we at Percy Main Primary have over the past seven years engaged in the Woodland Trust Green Tree Award Scheme.

The award is recognised as a fantastic way to enhance a schools Green credentials while inspiring children's interests in Woodland and trees.

Through the scheme schools are able to gain points for completed challenges and progress through Award levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold. Only once at Gold level are you able to progress to the next two big challenges which are compulsory to achieve the prestigious platinum award.

We are absolutely thrilled to be able to share with you our fantastic news that, after seven years of trying to accumulate points through completing various challenges, we have been successful in achieving the Trusts highest accolade and our school is now recognised as a Platinum Award winning school through the Woodland Trust Green Tree Award Scheme.

The award is the result of a lot of hard work and this would not have been possible if the children had not embraced each of the challenges we have undertaken with such passion , enthusiasm and excitement. 

A huge thank you must go to Miss Brownrigg for her continued hard work, drive and determination. She has dedicated hours of her time to ensuring we achieved yet another fantastic accolade for our school.

We feel immensely proud of our achievement. We did it and we did it well. Not only that we are the ONLY school in North Tyneside that has achieved this level of success through the scheme.

Can we also say a big thank you to parents who over the many years it has taken us to achieve our award for their support

As this award also contributes to other award schemes such as Eco – Schools, we feel we can all walk past our Green Flag with even more pride.

The Woodland Trust were extremely impressed with the final evidence we submitted and sent us the following message:

'Congratulations on achieving Platinum Award on our Green Tree School Award! We were all so impressed with the children’s work that we are displaying the photograph you sent in our reception in our head office in Grantham. It is a major achievement to get to Platinum and the whole school should be so proud of meeting all of the Award challenges. You should receive your plaque ‘upgrade’ in a few weeks and if you like I would be delighted to come along to the school to present it. Well done!'

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Nature News Reporters

Our newly formed group of Eco-School roving reporters have been out and about in our school grounds interviewing both pupils and staff.

Once the reporters have collected and written up their news stories they plan to launch edition 1 on 'Nature News'...watch this space for the first edition going live!
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Woodland Trust Perspective Challenge

Having reached 20 points (Gold Level) on the Woodland Trust Green Tree Award Scheme, we were able to unlock the 'Woodland Perspective Challenge'.

The challenge involved the children looking at their school grounds and woodland from a different perspective. For example becoming an insect or a bird on the ground looking up at a tree or becoming a worm and crawling through grass and seeing a daisy from the worms perspective.

Our Green Ambassadors rose to the challenge! A number of weeks were spent taking photographs (on the macro setting) and producing art work to reflect the different views and perspectives experienced.
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Blue Peter 'Green' Badge Awards

Two of our pupils received terrific news this week. Cai Johnson (Year 2) and Corey Johnson (Year 4) have both been awarded a GREEN Blue Peter Badge. Green badges are awarded for sending in letters or pictures that are about the environment, conservation or nature.

Cai had made an excellent ‘Safe Our Planet’ poster which the team said involved an enormous amount of work and Corey had written a wonderful acrostic environmental poem which the team really enjoyed reading.

This is brilliant news and we are immensely proud of both boys on this amazing achievement!
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Eco School Agenda - School Grounds Development

Eco-School May newsletter confirms that 'Schools that focus their Eco-Schools work on their grounds make a really tangible and visible statement about their school and what it stands for. School grounds at their best are great spaces to learn and play; they are litter free, support biodiversity and, hopefully, have a flagpole flying the Eco-Schools Green Flag.'

We are immensly proud to be able to demonstrate all of this!
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Woodland Ambassadors

As part of their Spring Term topic entitled ‘Down at the Bottom of the Garden’, Year 2 visited Chopwell Woods at High Spen.

Woods like Chopwell provide magical habitats for wildlife and for those who are keen to explore and respect the diversity of flora and fauna on offer. As true native British woods struggle to survive, many need our help and it is with those thoughts in mind that our Year 2 children set out to find just what makes our native woodlands so special.

In their quest to become Woodland Ambassadors the children explored the woodland, looking in particular at both deciduous and coniferous trees and how they contribute and support woodland ecosystems. Whilst exploring the wood they were able to observe how trees provide a canopy and a carpet for many wildlife species as well contributing to our creative thoughts.

Through their experiences the children were able to recognise the contribution that we can make towards ensuring our woodlands are protected for the future. Their care and consideration for the woodland habitat has also supported us in achieving three more points towards our Platinum Award gained through The Woodland Trust Green Tree Award Scheme.

To find out more about The Woodland Trust Green Tree Award Scheme, click on the link below:
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Signs of Spring at Percy Main

Spring, spring is coming soon,

Grass is green and flowers bloom.

Birds returning from the South,

Bees are buzzing all about.

Leaves are budding everywhere,

Spring, spring is finally here!

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Empties Please...New Cartridge Recycling Scheme

Our school and Green Ambassadors are always looking for new ways to help us all be greener - and they need your help!

'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.

Walk Once a Week

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The Living Streets WOW (Walk Once a Week) initiative rewards primary school pupils who walk to school at least once a week with a monthly collectible badge. What's even better is that the badges are designed by pupils in their annual badge design competition and are made in the UK from recycled yoghurt pots.

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.

Click on the link below to read 'Why we WOW'  - Miss Brownrigg's Blog piece on the Living Streets website:

A BIG Thank You to Marmax

A big thank you goes to Marmax, a company based in Stanley who make high quality outdoor benches from recycled plastics, who have very  kindly donated a beautiful bench to us to add to our fantastic school grounds.

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.
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Christmas Card Recycling

We have been busy recycling piles of Christmas Cards this week! For every 1000 Christmas cards recycled  M&S will ensure a tree is planted. In 19 years half a billion cards have been recycled and 245,000 trees have been planted. We also earn a valuable point towards our Woodland Trust Green Tree Platinum Award for our hardwork!

Many thanks to our parents who supported this initiative and donated cards.
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Green Flag flys high for the third time!

Our whole school proudly gathered around to watch the raising of our third Eco School Green Flag. 

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.
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Elf Shelters

These fantastic Elf houses were inspired by the Nature Dectives Autumn Season booklet. The picture of some children making den houses for an elf gave our Eco Team a great idea!
Miss Brownrigg challenged the ambassadors to make a house for an elf and gave them only natural materials to use and a cut out images of the elf as a prop to make the house have a purpose. The children got into groups and set tabout seeing who could produce the best elf home.
The photos below show the results from Leah and Lexie's, which had a garden, bridge, front door, stream and a pond; Lee, Corey, Mya and Daniel's which had a sofa bed and disco floor; Lauren and Isla's had the toy elf hanging from it and the frame was made from larger teepee sticks, whilst Brooklyn, Shannon and Scarlett's elf house was a work of art and used the underneath of the bridge as living quarters - one side of the bridge was the entrance complete with an elaborate front door.
The elves spent two nights in the garden living in the homes that had been made collaboratively by the green ambassadors.
The homes represented how you can use the autumn colours and leaf fall as an inspiration and backdrop for the elves. Alll materials used were from dying vegetation/plant life before it was composted, ensuring we were remaining sustainable in our continuing drive to remain a green flag status school through the Eco School programme. 
The elf homes were much admired and shown off. They could be used as an inspiration for story writing and in winter, winter homes could be made.
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North Tyneside in Bloom Winners

Fantastic news...we  won first prize in the Nurseries, Schools and Colleges category of this year’s North Tyneside in Bloom Competition. The presentation ceremony was held on Tuesday evening (18th October) and we were invited to join other category winners at this celebration.
Our school was represented by Miss Brownrigg our Eco-Schools and Outdoor Learning Coordinator, Mr McQueen our Caretaker who helps maintain our grounds and Peter Roberts one of last year’s Year 6 pupils. Peter was chosen to represent our school because, on 14 July when the judging took place, and at very short notice, he had shown the judges around our grounds and explained to them how our outdoor areas supported the classroom

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.
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Wash, Squash and Recycle

Rebecca and Laura from Groundworks came to school to work with the children in Year 2. The class looked at a variety of materials which are suitable for recycling. They worked with a partner to make a model from items that would normally be thrown away in the waste bin. This was great fun and the pupils created some very imaginative models. The class then watched a fascinating video which explained what happens to materials such as paper, aluminium and plastic when they arrive at a recycling centre. Finally the children had to design a poster based on the theme ‘Wash, Squash & Recycle’. There were some brilliant designs but Rebecca and Laura decided that Leon Honeyman’s poster was the winner and Jacob Tangonan’s design a the very close runner-up. Both the posters and models can be viewed on Twitter.
Playground Pledge - Rebecca and Laura were delighted with the massive number of parents who signed the ‘Playground Pledge’ yesterday afternoon; hopefully it will be one of our parents who may win the organisations £1,000 prize money (the winning entry will be drawn shortly by the organisers).
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intu Big Birdhouse Challenge

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:

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Photos ©Tony Hall

Woodland Trust Hay Charter Writing Competition Winner

A HUGE well done goes to Joshua Mainland who was announced as the KS2 winner of the Hay Charter National Writing Festival Competition this week! Josh's story, 'The Scooby Tree' one first prize (an iPad for school) in the Woodland Trust competition. We are all EXTREMELY impressed byJosh's creative, imaginative and emotional story and were over the moon to read that the judges said: "This story reflects how trees have real personalities for those who spend time with them. We love the way that the tree’s physical features are described, and how they inspire the game played by the students. Finally, it is lovely how Joshua considers how the tree will remain and become part of the lives of the younger students at the school, linking the past and present."

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:

Policy and Procedure for the Disposal of Food, Litter and Waste

Our Waste Policy forms part of our continuing drive to leading more sustainable healthy lifestyles.  It recognises the negative impact of waste on our local and wider community and through this recognition aims to promote disposal of waste in a responsible manner.

Look what Reception have been doing!

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Eco Monitors

It is fantastic to see our youngest Eco Monitors getting stuck into their new role with such enthusiasm.

Liberty and Layton have kicked of their new positions by producing some fantastic posters to promote recycling...well done and keep up the fantastic work!
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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.  

After looking at the height of wind turbines (which are true giants on our countires landscape), the children went outside and used windmills to investigate how natural forces can aid sustainability.

Recycling using natural materials

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.


We're Going on a Bee Hunt!

Our Reception children have been out and about exploring our school grounds looking for clues of bee homes and habitats. They have explored all different areas searching for answers to questions they had thought of. They have made posters to share information as well as planting seeds to encourage more bees to vist the thriving biodiversity of wildlife that inhabits our deveoping grounds. They have looked at information and shared knowledge of Queen Bees, Nurse Bees and Worker Bees and investigated the use of the waggle dance that bees use as a communication tool. 

Bees are more than welcome in our school grounds and we look forwrad to many more visiting over the coming warmer months.

Visit Reception's class and gallery pages to find out more!

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Busy Bees!

As Spring arrives, we have been 'Busy Bees' tdying up our school grounds! The children have embarked on a school grounds tidy up after the windfall of catkins from our alder trees!


As a Green Ambassador Champion School, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have chosen our school to help rasie awareness of environmental issues. In recognition of being one of their top 5 schools to promote ecological awareness in and around our school, Hilary the Panda was sent to us!

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.

To find out more, visit:

Getting creative with our food!

This week at our Eco School meeting, the Green Ambassadors got creative with their food! They used ephemeral art to make  Pumkin People and Munchkins.
It was a way of introducing the team to ideas of how they could be creative with different foods before eating them.  It links closely to our healthy eating and  helathy living agenda and the bigger, national issue of healthyy eating for children and how Britain's food culture can be used to promote many interests and talents.

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.

Green Ambassador's Double Award


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:

Walk to School Banners

We recently ran a competition for children across the school to design a new Walk to School badgepromoting the many benefits of walking to school.

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.

Walk to School App

Living Streets, the organisation behind our Walk Once a Week initative have launched a new App to bring your Walk to School badges to life.

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:


Walk Once a Week...Strider Event

On Wednesday 12th November we welcomed Russell Cave (Living Streets, Tyne and Wear Project Co-ordinator) and Strider to our school. They greeted the children at the gate, handing out WoW badges alongside Miss Brownrigg our HLTA and Eco-School Co-ordinator) and Holly our Green Ambassdor for Travel. Ruselll then held an assembly to explain and discuss the many benefits of walking to school.

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:

North Tyneside Council's Commendation Scheme

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In June 2014 our Green Abassadors were successfully nominated by Zoe Frazer to receive a General Commendation Award as part of the Charirman of North Tyneside Council's Commendation Scheme.

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!

Wallsend Parks

Our Green Ambassodors are continuing to work with Zoe Frazer (Senior Education Warden) at Wallsend Park. They will be supporting her with the upkeep and maintenance of the parks as well as helping to collect and prepare resources to support educational activities undertaken at the park.

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