Delapre Diggers win Gold Award at Northampton in Bloom!

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The whole school is incredibly proud of our Delapre Diggers green-fingered children who scooped a Gold award in ‘Northampton in Bloom‘ and a silver in ‘East Midlands in Bloom‘! Children and adults attended a ceremony at the Guildhall in October to receive their awards. Huge Congratulations to our gardening club. Special mention to three wonderful ladies who make it possible – Sarah Gordon, Alison Feetham and Alice Whitehead. A huge amount of work undertaken this year by all and it’s been wonderful to see the whole school getting behind them in support.

Exciting news: being part of Britain in Bloom next year – AMAZING!

 

 

Bee keeper visit

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Stephanie Withall visited year 5 and 1 today to share her knowledge and experience of bee keeping. She is obviously passionate about this subject and the children really enjoyed hearing about all aspects of this subject. They were fascinated by Queen Bee facts, honey/wax products and how many millions of flowers are needed to make one jar of honey.

Children tried on the face veil and hat and took a closer look at the pallets of wax and nectar cells which would usually be kept inside hives. Plenty of questions followed, mainly about stings and bee populations. This session supports our science topic on life cycles where we have recently been learning about pollination and the role of bees in the life cycle of a flower.

Fairtrade

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This year we’ve been looking at how we can introduce Fairtrade products into our school. It isn’t simple as the school lunches are provided by a company and snacks are purchased in bulk from a local supermarket. So we surveyed staff to find out if we can make changes to shared supplies of tea, coffee and sugar to start with. Results and comments are below. The overwhelming opinion was YES, staff do want to use Fairtrade products, this small change for us as a school will benefit others. We teach our pupils about being global consumers, fair prices for farmers and international trade relationships so we can now be part of this, great news!

To find out more about Fairtrade and its benefits visit: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/what-is-fairtrade

Fair Trade Questionnaire results

Environmental review results

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Every year, year 5 Eco-heroes carry out an environmental review to find out the usage of water, energy in the school. They visit each classrooms and other areas such as the gym, library, offices, ICT suite too and write down observations about heating, computers/other electrical items left on/standby, water leaking from taps and so on.

The results were generally positive but we need to continue to remind staff and students alike to save energy and water, everyone can do their bit.

Energy water results May 2016

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Litter pick – Suzie and Ruby 5L

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Recently the school council and ambassadors have been monitoring the amount of litter in our school playground and grounds, as well as the local area.

Today (12th April 2016) the School Council and Ambassador (Ruby and I) from 5L went for a litter pick around the playground and up the path to the gym. We found 52 pieces of litter, which is surprising as last time class 6C collected only 34 pieces. This amount got worst by as much as 18 bits of litter! This included: paper-towels, fruit, tissues, raisin packets and banana and orange peels.We hope you will be understanding and through your litter in the bin, not on the ground. We will also appreciate it if you make sure that your family and friends also do a good job not littering our beloved planet, Earth.  Suzie

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Today (12th April 2016) the year 5 school council and ambassadors went on their first litter pick within the school playground and the gym. Suzie and I managed to find 52 pieces of litter which was a worse score than last weeks because when 6c did the pick they found 34. The litter was mostly tissues, paper-towels, fruit, banana skins, raisin packets and one odd smoking packet. So please don’t drop your litter in the school the or the local area because we are the ones who will be cleaning it up.

DPS Councillors putting up litter posters in the Post Office and Coop.

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Eco posters around school – year 5 Eco heroes

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Recently, class 5L created new eco posters to put up around school. These were to replace and refresh the ones made from a previous year group. The children created posters to raise awareness on saving water, energy and to promote the importance of recycling. The posters should remind staff and children to switch electrical items off standby in their classrooms, as well as in shared spaces around school. Another message is to keep our grounds clean!

Here is a selection below, the rest can be found:

http://eco-school.delapreprimaryschool.org/students-work/

Delapre Diggers win Silver Gilt Award for Schools in Bloom competition

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The winners were announced this week and after all their hard work, the Delapre Diggers found out they had won the silver gilt award for the Schools in Bloom competition. Their work in the school garden and Pleydell Road allotments included Northampton themed projects such as the shoe garden and Saints rugby shirt design. Well done to all the children involved for their hard work, as well as our parent volunteers Mrs Whitehead and Mrs Feetham who came up with the ideas. Mrs Gordon too for assisting in each gardening session and local residents association for donating flower boxes. We are very proud of you all!

http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/local/northampton-in-bloom-winners-celebrate-awards-for-their-green-fingered-efforts-1-7003235

Apple pressing

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Delapre Diggers used apples from their allotment to make apple juice through a cider presser. This produced delicious juice, very pure. It was amazing to see the amount of apples needed to produce such small amounts of juice.

 

Harvesting the allotment

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This week the Delapre Diggers harvested all the season’s produce they’ve been growing this year at the allotment. An impressive haul! The children and their families are encouraged to use the fresh vegetables in their meals.

School fete

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During activity week, year 5 and 6 ran a school fair which included many stalls selling toys, games, food as well as things to do. Year 6 were set a £10 challenge or making something to sell. The activity stalls went down very well too with everything from a penalty shoot out, soak the staff, bat the rat and the Delapre Diggers ran a very successful gardening stall.  There was a good attendance from parents and children, raising a solid amount of money to go towards school trips and transport.