2018 was another award winning year for Luss School. We gained our second Better Energy Award having been Scottish Champions of the Total Green Awards in 2016, as the competition was previously called, and having won an award in this competition every year since 2011. In 2017 we gained our 7th Green Flag from Keep Scotland Beautiful.
This year we have made more progress in the garden, taking part in the Waitrose Grow to Sell project, growing our own fruit and vegetables.The children have worked very hard all year in the garden. The existing raised beds have a range of sort fruits including rhubarb, blackcurrants and strawberries and a flourishing herb garden. We struggle to keep the polytunnel from blowing away and will replace it with some new raised beds in this school year, as we work towards gaining our 8th Green Flag.
Eco Week saw the children visit the garden centre to plant some bulbs for Christmas and explore Geilston gardens finding evidence of Harvest and Autumn. They also made some new bird feeders and insect hotels for the school garden. they will release their ladybirds and butterflies in the garden when they have grown.
We replaced our composter with the help of the National Park Rangers, revising what can and cannot be put in a composter. Vegetation from the school grounds and all the leaves collected in Autumn are currently composted to make our own compost for our plants.
We continue to use our grounds for an increasing amount of classroom activities and this year will search for minbeasts as part of our classroom theme. We will also use the outdoors for inspiration as the children write their own poems and create their own pictures using the book 'The Lost Words', gifted to the school from the National Park.
In maths we continue to develop our spaces and resources for an ever increasing outdoor maths curriculum. Among other activities, this year will see us put up a squirrel camera to record the red squirrels that visit our new feeding box and we will use this and information from the annual Big Bird Watch with the RSPB for data handling.