Eco-Schools develops pupils' skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and creates financial savings for schools as well as whole host of other benefits.
Ewyas Harold Primary School’s ‘Litter Printmaking’ Project
This collaborative piece of Artwork has been made using litter collected from rural Herefordshire. Children of Ewyas Harold Primary School learnt the process of ‘collagraph printmaking’ with Megan Evans, using items of litter to create the colours and textures that have formed a giant world map, now exhibited in the school hall.
The materials used were collected from the local countryside and roadsides by Megan. The litter was washed and dried before use, then the children applied ink to the surface of the items using sponges and fingertips. The excess ink was rubbed away using tissue paper, and the children then washed their hands before preparing their paper. The children learnt to soak, towel and blot their paper, then place it onto the print press. They placed their inky items of litter onto the paper then layered newsprint, felt and vinyl on top. They then sent their litter through the hand operated roller press by turning the handle. Finally, they could pull back the layers to reveal their textured coloured print. Day 1 of workshops on Monday 21st October saw eleven groups of children all working in blues, purple, turquoises and greens to make up the sea. Day 2 of workshops on Tuesday 22nd October saw 9 groups of children all working in browns, oranges, greens and yellows to make up the land.
Under the pressure of the press, the children were able to send through a variety of materials they had collected from rural Herefordshire, including wrappers, juice cartons, plastic bottles and yoghurt pots. Whilst printing, the children also talked about what they thought of litter: How do we feel about it? Why it is dropped? What we can do about it?
Over the course of 2 days, Ewyas Harold Primary School students produced over 150 litter collgaraph prints, which Megan then arranged into one big world map. The final piece is 4ft x 8ft, mounted on a 3mm ply and displayed in the centre of the school, complete with names of all the children who helped create it.
This project removed around 500 items of Litter form the natural environment, engaging students from every year group in the process and giving them a new experience of printmaking. At the end of the project the items of litter were disposed of and recycled where possible, helping to reduce the volumes of synthetic and manmade materials around around rural Herefordshire.
As part of my role as eco-coordinator I set up the school as a recycling collection point, with a fantastic response from members of the public. As you already know we collect glasses and cases, tin foil and cans, crisp packets, batteries and dvd’s, books and cd’s and we have now added a pink bin, in aid of Breast Cancer Haven. We have had a fantastic response from parents and gave Andrew Wood lots of bras on Friday 15th November when ‘Jimmy’ which is the Herefordshire Community Environment Groups Bra Bull came to visit.
Our half termly meeting are recorded and found on our Eco board which is located next to Mrs Mailes' office.
Since October we have
- banned the straws
-completed an environmental school audit
-compiled an action plan
-replaced individual milk cartons with reusable cups
-recycled crisp packets
-assembly on reducing electricity with our "Power Ranger"
-each class is growing potatoes
-village litter pick
On Tuesday 14th May the Eco council went to St Martins to meet with Andrew Wood from the Hereford Community Clean Up Group. We are working with him on setting up our school as a recycling centre. Gavin Pettigrew from the Wye Valley Group has sponsored our school by buying us 4 bins for us to use to be a collection point.
As a school we have decided to recycle the following to raise money for different charities.
Drinks cans and foil go to Widemarsh Ventures for teach new skills to vulnerable adults, the cans are separated steel from aluminium, weighed in by Wye Valley Metals
Books, DVDS AND CDS are shared between RSPCA in Broad St, Chapters Charity Book Shop in Union St and Kingstone Village Hall who are raising funds for an extension to the hall.
Crisp Packets are collected and sent to Terracycle for recycling proceeds from this go to Born Sleeping Appeal at the Hereford County Hospital
Glasses and spectacles are collected for Hereford Lions Club who pass on to 3rd world countries where they don't have eye tests and given to people with eyesight problems
Hope you will support us in our new venture.