Thorntree Primary Welcome to another round up of all of the Eco news in Thorntree. We are due to be assessed to renew our Green Flag status on Tuesday 11th March. www.thorntree-pri.glasgow.sch.uk Our focus topics are Energy, Water and, of course, Litter. Remember to do your bit and don’t drop litter in our playground….don’t drop litter anywhere! Primary 5 have a “fishy” tale to tell you……… Just before the February weekend, room 9 got delivery of the brown trout eggs and hatchery. The hatchery will be the eggs’ home until they have grown from eggs to alevins and then into small fish called Fry. This process will take a few months and the pupils must take good care of the fish by measuring the water temperature daily and ensuring that they are safe and fed well. Once the fish are of a good size, they are released into a local burn. This is an excellent science project for pupils to learn about conservation, environmental issues and biodiversity. Keep up the good work Room 9. “Chick Chick Chick Chick Chicken….” Room 4 are about to start an exciting project. At the beginning of March they are going to receive some eggs that they need to take good care of. Once the eggs hatch the boys and girls will nurture and take care of the chicks. This is an exciting opportunity for the pupils to learn about and care for animals. (edition 6 – Feb 14) In Thorntree we recycle – Ink Cartridges Clothes and Textiles Mobile phones Paper Plastic bottles The next Rag Bag collection is on Thursday 13th March. Remember that, on average, the school receives £100 each time we have a Rag Bag collection. A big thank you to everyone. Remember to save power by turning things off when you are not using them…..saves money too! ££££££ Did you know? 80-90% of the AA batteries we use in school are rechargeable. AND… all of the calculators that we now use are solar powered. Water Interesting fact #1 A running tap can use up to 6 litres in a minute. Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth. Lunchtime Litter Survey Primary 2 pupils from room 5 have been keeping an eye on the amount of litter that is thrown away at lunchtime. They used tally marks to record their findings and over some weeks they noticed a lot of waste especially tinfoil, cling film and cartons. Here are some suggestions they came up with to reduce lunchtime waste. Use a plastic tub with a lid for sandwiches. Use a re-usable sandwich wrapper Use a re-useable juice bottle. Let a member of the Eco team know if you are making some changes to your packed lunch. We’ll put your name in the monthly Eco draw for a chance to win a prize. …NEWS UPDATE…. NEWS UPDATE….NEWS UPDATE.. The Eco Team are now selling The Wrapper. This is a reusable sandwich wrapper that reduces litter and can save you money. They cost £5 each, (50p) goes to school fund. See Mrs MacDonald if you’d like to buy one. Let’s reduce the lunchtime waste! www.re-wrap-it.co.uk Eco Information Board As well as our information board in school, you can now find out about our news from the notice board in Tesco and at our local library. It is important that we get the Eco message out to the local community and beyond…! This term the whole school are learning about various aspects of FOOD. Many of the classes are growing vegetables and some classes have been making soup from vegetables. Primary 1 are growing flowers and herbs. Primary 2 are growing potatoes and learning about the importance of worms in the soil….they have a wormery in their class! Primary 3 have had a visit from Warburton’s and made lovely bread. Travel to School. Parking at our school can sometimes be a bit busy. You can help us by not parking on the Zigzags at the front and back of the school. You can also help by parking further away from the school and walking the rest of the way. This is called Park-n- Stride. Toilet Twinning Watch this space…….. Too many people around the world do not have a safe, hygienic toilet. This means that they can catch terrible diseases. We would like to do something to help and we need to raise £60 so that we can twin our school toilet with one in Zambia. Zambia is also the country we will be learning about as part of our Commonwealth games celebrations. The Eco team will be hosting a fundraising event soon. Water Interesting fact #2 A dripping tap can lose 4 litres of water in one day!