A PIONNEERING Ashton primary school is running a campaign to help tackle climate change and reduce the school's carbon footprint.
Canon Burrows Church of England Primary School is holding a Tameside Council-backed plastic free week from 6-10 January. During the campaign they are encouraging pupils, parents and staff to cut the amount single-use plastics they use.
Canon Burrows was described as 'England's Greenest School' when they received the Eco Schools Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in December.
Kicking off the week, a whole school assembly was held on Monday 6 January where pupils and teachers learned about how plastic waste harms the planet and what they can do to help.
A Salford University senior lecturer will be running workshops where children can explore which plastics can be recycled.
Children and staff will also be making pledges on how they will reduce their plastic use themselves to benefit the planet.
During the week pupils will be going round in 'trash mobs' picking up litter around the school grounds and the local area.
As part of the campaign, pupils will be visiting local shops and businesses to let them know about the week and encourage them to use less or no plastic. Children will also be learning about plogging (picking up litter while jogging) and encouraging family and friends to plog as well as writing letters to companies.
Additionally, the school supported pupils and staff to use fewer single-use plastic items in their lunch boxes to ensure everyone considered bringing alternative non-single-use plastic items with them. Children made their own beeswax wraps so they don't have to use clingfilm and foil in their packed lunches. Parents were also invited to a plastic-free packed lunch workshop.
Suzanne Fildes, Canon Burrows Head Teacher, said: "We hope that our efforts will be enough so we can qualify as the first plastic free school in Manchester. We are always trying to make Canon Burrows as sustainable as possible and our drive to be plastic free is our next step on this journey."
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, said: "This is a fantastic initiative by Canon Burrows which will benefit the school and beyond thanks to the hard work of the pupils and staff. It's great that schools across our borough are teaching children why it's crucial that we all work together to protect the planet."