The Brightside Eco Community is made up of a group of passionate and dedicated children who care deeply about the environment. At Brightside we are following the Eco-Schools programme, which is a framework that empowers young people to make a difference in their school, local community and beyond. The Eco Schools programme focuses on Biodiversity, Energy, Global Citizenship, Healthy Living, Litter, Marine, School Grounds, Transport, Water and Waste. These topics break large, global issues like climate change into more manageable and directed themes that prompt young people to consider environmental changes that they can make in their school and everyday lives. 

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Bug Hotel

Our first project was building a bug hotel in between the KS1 and the KS2 playground. Bug hotels have a vital impact on our surrounding areas making healthier air and providing a safe place for any type of bug. You might not think bugs are not that important but trust us they are and a  bug hotel is a place where minibeasts can live happily, providing them with shelter, food, water and conditions they can thrive in.

If you like you can create your own bug hotel at home………

Hippo Water Bags

As a school each day we use lots of resources. We need paper, water and food to work and learn effectively. However, there is also lots of waste and this costs money and depletes the Earth's valuable natural resources. As a school we need to try to limit this waste and reduce what is thrown away. We have chosen to focus on water and see if we can save as much as we can using a clever idea. We have installed Hippo water bags in toilets across the school that limit the amount of water used when we flush.

We have made a film that we would like to show you that will explain a new project we have begun at Brightside.

Planting around school

We are keen to encourage as much wildlife as possible to Brightside. We have been working closely with the Billericay Tree Wardens who have been incredibly helpful and supportive. They have been able to advise us on what types of plants and trees to plant around the school, have helped us plant new trees and have even donated many trees and plants for us to have. They helped us complete our Queens Canopy project next to the Acorn building and have more recently supported us with the re-generation of Captain Tom’s garden. Unfortunately the first trees planted to honour Captain Tom died but the Tree Wardens have been able to advise us on what to plant and we look forward to seeing the results as the plants continue to grow.