During the school holiday, we carefully demolished the toilet block and fenced off the areas of construction before the children returned so that the school could maintain access across the site safely and operate normally at all times. The majority of the works were undertaken during term time as it was felt that it was important that the children could see the work in progress and understand what is involved in building things. The children were able to watch the progress from the safety of their classrooms and from behind transparent fencing. Our landscaping employees were introduced to the pupils and talked to them about the project as the build progressed.
Encouraging pupils to plant their own areas through the use of educational planting beds has proved a great success and the school achieved a special award from the London Children’s Flower Society presented by Alan Titmarsh for their garden. The judges and the school said: “Ever since Eco-Club began, the children have taken great care and responsibility for their Eco-Classroom and its garden. For example, they have watered their plants and seeds very well and they have grown beautiful healthy fruits and vegetables, such as avocados, juicy strawberries, fresh mint and tomatoes. As you enter the attractive garden, the sweet aroma of the fruits zooms into your nose! Furthermore, Eco-Club children are collecting rainwater in a large barrel and intend to use this to water their plants – they certainly do care about the environment! Gateway children have also been saving energy by using solar panels and wind turbines to generate electricity. The Eco-Club is working successfully towards becoming a sustainable school and we are all proud to see them reach their goals. Eco-club will continue their tremendous effort to maintain a sustainable garden and we hope that they will win even more awards in the future.”