Eco School

We are a Green Flag School. This is the highest accolade and shows that we do all we can to take care of our planet through reducing, reusing and recycling. Therefore our aim is to send newsletters and other information electronically. However, I am aware that some families have difficulty with their internet, and we are more than happy to send home a paper copy if you would prefer. Please let Mrs Jeffs know if you would like paper copies. For those families new to the school, most paperwork (fliers, information, homework etc) is put into book bags on a FRIDAY. It would be INCREDIBLY helpful if you would take them out at the week-end and only return relevant paperwork.

The Green Flag

Our Eco Flag flies from the pole which is situated by the pond at the back of the school. Hopefully all the local walkers and families will see our flag flying in the breeze. Apart from exceptionally windy days, our flag should be prominent most of the time.

Our Aims:

At Great Kimble School we try to care for ourselves, others and the environment; we need to take responsibility for our own actions. As part of our desire to be an Eco-school and help sustain the world, we have agreed to try to undertake the following:

Reduce the amount of materials we use and waste we produce;

Re–use materials wherever possible,

Restore what is deemed to have been destroyed and Respect our neighbours and our environment

Our Year 2 pupils have been studying our Eco-code and wanted to change it to ensure that it is relevant for  the school today, and not when first written . The new version states:

At Great Kimble School we have agreed to do the following:

  • Switch off the lights when we are not using them
  • Put our rubbish in the CORRECT bin – fruit caddy, paper recycling or landfill
  • Not waste paper
  • Come to school by car sharing, walking, cycling whenever possible
  • Turn off the taps when we leave the bathroom
  • Only use the amount of toilet paper we need.
  • Reduce, re-use and recycle
  • Ask our cleaner not to use unnecessary chemicals
  • Have a healthy lunch with a maximum of one treat
  • Grow flowers, fruit, vegetables in our garden and look after our wildlife
  • Keep our school clean and tidy

Please do encourage your child to tell you how they are getting on with these goals. Thank you.

Smokey Row

We were delighted to have a beautiful wild flower section planted at Smokey Row last year: this really helped to encourage butterflies to visit the site and we were also able to release some of our butterflies there too. This year (2016-17) Year Two pupils mostly visit on Monday afternoons, Reception on Tuesday afternoons and Year One on Thursday afternoons. The walk to Smokey Row is used for mental maths work, speaking and listening skills and also to support the children’s understanding of the Earth’s movement in space, observing changes across the four seasons, observing the apparent movement of the Sun during the day and also observing the weather associated with the seasons. We now have more equipment on site to extend learning in a variety of ways: the younger children are learning to use tools such as secateurs and shears safely, as well as enjoying a variety of physical activities there.

The eco-loo continues to be a source of great interest to ALL pupils. We have never had so many children wanting to use a toilet before!  Our pupils learn to cross the railway line safely: they are aware of the importance of being quiet so you can hear the noise of the train, not only the whistle but also the rumbling in the tracks. .

With the new focus of the Science Curriculum from 2014  we are truly blessed to have been gifted this wonderful piece of land.

The hedge that was professionally planted last year is doing incredibly well: all sorts of berries and different coloured leaves are on view for the pupils to observe. 

Walking down the lane

Please can I remind ALL families who drive up or down the lane in the morning to be extra vigilant for small children? 

Thank you to all those families who suggested that the school lane would be safer if parents tried to make it a one-way system. Although the police have said that the lane can’t be one-way as that would increase speed and danger, certainly at that time in the morning it would make excellent sense if most families were able to drive in at Church Lane and exit at Bridge Street. This would help our ‘Meet and Greet’ as well as making it more comfortable for families walking in the lane. Please do remind your child to ask for a sticker for their passport when they car share or park and walk – I know that many families are doing their best to support our initiatives so it would be wonderful if your child managed to complete their Walk to School passport.

Don’t forget that you can support our Travel plan by also doing the following:                   

  • Use the car sharing list sent to you at the beginning of the year to join up with other families in your  immediate area. If you have lost yours email for a copy of this.
  • Park at the Stewart Hall and walk across the fields using the footpath immediately adjacent to the station – following this footpath takes you to the school.
  • Little Kimble Station – this has limited spaces but again you can walk across the footpaths to school.
  • Park by the Swan pub and walk up the  lane.
  • Use the walking crocodile on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon at the end of the school day. This helps to prevent congestion in the lane, as well as giving children regular exercise and improving their road safety awareness. Last year up to 50% of our school took part in this. Not only does this allow parents an extra few minutes at the end of the day, as we don’t arrive at the Swan before 3.30pm but it also encourages the children to have some fun at the park at the end of a busy school day. On Fridays Friends of Kimble have small cakes for sale too.

The  ‘Meet and Greet’  allows you to drop your child off on the yellow zig-zags by the school drive where an appropriate adult will escort them into the school gated area. This is only on offer between 8.20am & 8.40am.

For your information we are already investigating the following:

  • The Parish Council has commissioned a feasibility study into having a ‘safe haven’ by the war memorial on the  A4010 to facilitate safer crossing.
  • The governing body have been in discussion with BCC regarding a small piece of land in Church Lane to see whether it  is possible to allocate a lay-by facility here.
  • The governing body have had initial conversations regarding the possible use of the Risborough Community Bus to provide transport from Princes Risborough. This would necessitate a parent ‘chaperoning’ on the bus – which would only be available in the mornings. If you are interested in this option, please would you let the school office know.

If you have any other ideas to alleviate the parking problems in our community, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Eco Schools Update

Currently our pupils are involved in:

  • Recycling – batteries, paper, cardboard, mobile phones (through FOK) plastic (and glass since March 2014)
  • Composting – our fruit waste every day; also our lunch time waste through the Green Cones
  • Growing our own food – since the development of the front garden we have planted and are now growing strawberries, corn, onions, coriander, beans, peas and peppers
  • Growing flowers for the bees and butterflies: the garden also has flowers for attracting insects; the sunflower heads will be kept for seeds to continue to feed the birds through the winter.
  • Helping wildlife through planting of native hedge on the boundary, and also planting of pond area.
  • Saving energy – our eco-warriors have made posters reminding people of the need to turn off the lights; they also take responsibility for turning off the computers at lunchtime
  • Litter picking – thank you to our litter monitors who have worked throughout the term to try to keep the playground free from litter. Our pupils will shortly be carrying out another litter pick in our community as they have recently commented on the litter that has been dropped in the lane.
  • Water – Church Lane has been subject to running water; the children have commented on this regularly during our walking crocodiles. Adults have phoned the County Council and brought this to their attention on a number of occasions to try to stop the waste.
  • Talking and thinking about the world – the children have been discussing their role in helping to save the planet, and why they should care – there have been some excellent discussions on this issue, and they have shown real responsibility for their own actions in making a difference.
  • Kimble Bear – since Spring half term a new Kimble Bear has been purchased who is going further afield in his travels! The photos that he sends and the letters/postcards/e-mails that he sends are teaching  our pupils about how others live in different parts of the world.

Other information

Car sharing and park and walk

Our school has a Bronze Level Travel Plan, which has been designed to help us be as active and sustainable in our travel to school as possible. Over the years we have been blessed with a wonderful band of governors, staff, parents and pupils who have worked hard to ensure that our pupils appreciate the benefits of walking, biking or scooting to school where possible. We acknowledge, however, that many families have to drop pupils off at other schools or pre-schools and walking is impossible. 

For families new to the school, or for those families who have forgotten, when your child comes to school by bike, scooter or by foot (including the walking crocodile on Wednesday and Friday, or parking at Kimble station and walking over the fields) they get a sticker for their Passport. There are three Passports – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Blank passports are kept by Mrs Jeffs – if your child doesn’t yet have one or has lost theirs over the school holiday, please ask for another one. When the passport is completed it is signed by Mrs Jeffs and your child is entitled to a free swim (or another sporting activity) at the local leisure centre.

The school holds a walking crocodile to the Swan Pub on Wednesday and Friday afternoons: not only does this encourage children to take exercise, it also teaches them about road safety and reduces congestion in the lane. This has proved to be a very popular initiative over the last few years. Staff lead the crocodile on Wednesdays and Fridays, but parental assistance is gratefully received and required. At the beginning of the school year, whilst our new pupils settle into school, we usually have a small crocodile, but past experience has proved that at least 50% of the school end up walking by the end of the first term. This is a fantastic achievement and one we hope to maintain. The crocodile takes place even when it is spitting with rain – but if the rain is torrential then parents are expected to collect from the school gate. This year Mrs Holman,Mrs Smith, Mrs Walsh and Mrs Cozadinos will accompany the walking crocodile.

School Travel Plan

We are delighted to have been awarded a Bronze Level Award for our school travel plan from Modeshift Stars which is a national organisation recognising excellence in travel planning.  Please do have a look at the current plan by clicking the link below!

School Travel Plan