To mark Compost Awareness Week in early May pupils from two primary schools in Swindon revealed their grand designs on their schools’ compost bins, in collaboration with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
The schools are each ran an art competition inviting pupils to come up with designs that reflected their own interpretation of composting, environment and growing food.
Two winners from each school were announced after which the pupils painted the winning designs onto the traditional ‘Dalek’ style compost bins, before unveiling the end result at the end of the school day.
The pupils – from Year 1 (ages 5-6) from Swindon Academy Alton Close Primary School and Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11) from Moredon Primary School – were assisted by local community artist, Toni Robinson, who help add an artistic touch to the schools’ allotment and composting areas.
Kate Robinson, the Trust’s Waste Minimisation Officer, visited the schools to talk about the issues of composting and the effects of waste on wildlife: “The schools involved in this project are already very much aware of the issues of sustainability and the problems facing our environment – it’s great that they are teaching their pupils the key life skills of composting and growing their own food.”
”The children are keen to learn how to compost properly so that it becomes a simple, everyday activity, and one which they can continue to do once they’ve left school,” she adds.
Both schools are aiming for Eco-Schools status, when they will be issued with a Green Flag.
Swindon Academy Alton Close Primary School teacher Emma Chapman, who is one of growing band of ‘Swindon Compost Ambassadors’, said: “The school is preparing a vegetable growing plot this year so the children can have a go at growing their own food.”
”We will be planting things like carrots, lettuces and pumpkins, which of course need a lot of compost to grow big. I am working with the caretaker to create a dedicated composting and growing area in the school,” she added.
Moredon Primary School teacher Ursula Curtis says: “The school is preparing a vegetable growing area and the newly painted compost bins will take pride of place in full view of the entrance where parents and other visitors can see what the children are doing.”