As part of eco-schools, Invicta students are creating a wildlife habitat within the school, by the bee hives, which consists of 5 bird boxes, 2 bat boxes and a hedgehog home. They also aim to introduce small ditches filled with water to encourage frogs and make water available for the wildlife attracted.
In order to complete the project, the group have emailed local businesses asking them to donate materials, primarily wood. Students have also brought to school materials such as piping, wood, nails and felt which they have found at home to complete this.
Students also held a cookie sale in December and £33.13 was raised. This enabled them to purchase the wood for the bat boxes and extra felt. The wood has been cut to size and the group have started to nail it all together with the help of the DT department. Mr Perry has been teaching the girls skils in which to complete this such as drilling, sawing, measuring etc, all skills which will be useful in later life. Three of the Year 9 students are using this time to learn skills for their Duke of Edinburgh award. The girls have worked hard in promoting, the cookie sale, designing and planning the project.
The school has also applied for a grant from Maidstone Council as part of their 'Love Where you Learn' campaign. The school would like to secure some of the £2000 grant to help with our project and to start a recyling scheme within the school. A plan has been created for some seating, a wildlife garden, an eco reward system and to purchase recycling bins for all classrooms in the school. It is also hoped that the grant money will help to create the next phase of the project on a school recycling system.