As part of eco-schools, Invicta students are creating a wildlife habitat within the school, by the bee hives, which consists of bird boxes, bat boxes, bug hotels 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.
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. Reynolds has been teaching the girls skills in which to complete this such as drilling, sawing and measuring material - all skills which will be useful in later life. Students have the opportunity to use this time to learn skills for their Duke of Edinburgh award. The girls have worked hard in designing and planning the project.
Later in the year, eco schools club will apply 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 recycling 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.
It is also the hope of the eco schools club to visit the Eden project later in the year to see first-hand how different ecosystems can be managed sustainably.