The past two weeks P3 have been going on Bumblebee safaris around the playground. We have lots of bumblebees visiting St Johns so it has been very exciting to spot them.
Below are a few photos of bees and children looking at bees, the first bee feeding on the lavender is a Common Carder Bumblebee and the bee flying across the lavender is a Red Tailed Bumblebee. Both are Queen bees which is exciting because it means the first colony has done well enough to produce Queens so will have another generation before the winter comes. Its a big plus of lock down that there has been less mowing and so more food for the bees! We also have an identifier sheet on the blog so we can spot the different bees and their roles.
Next week and the week after we will make bug hotels. If any children have sticks or dry materials from their gardens they would like to donate to this project we would be grateful. We will place the mini bug hotels around the playground and in the park.
We are delighted that after a lot of hard work and exciting projects over the last few years, we have been successful in our application for another Green Flag. This means that our status as an Eco School has been renewed for another two years, and we will be restarting our journey towards our next flag soon!
Well done to everyone who has been involved in this success, from the school staff and pupils to parents and the wider community, everyone has played a part in this. It hasn’t been easy given the lockdowns, and several plans have been postponed and cancelled so we are delighted with this certificate! Thank you!
I just wanted to remind you of the competition We love Walking, Wheeling and Cycling, that we, Greenpeace Edinburgh, are organising for school pupils in Edinburgh. It would be great for pupils and parents to do over the mid term break to pass the time.
We were very excited to part of the Woodland Trust ‘Plant a Tree’ programme yesterday in St John’s. Vicky, Helena, Emilia, Amelia, Filip and Micheal helped Tana, who does fabulous work planting and inspiring a love of gardening with our children, to plant Hazel, Oak and Hawthorn trees for future generations. Children were photographed, filmed and interviewed as part of the project and they will have the chance to visit the Scottish Parliament to see the finished product on the 17th December.
The Woodland Trust is asking people to plant a million trees in a bid to tackle climate change. It is vital that we grow a UK wide patchwork of trees, not just by planting, but also through natural regeneration.
Our children represented us very well, as always and we are delighted to play a small part in this vital conservation work in partnership with the Woodland Trust.