The Eco Group is committed to looking after the environment in and around the school. We organise the recycling of paper, plastic bottles and metal cans. We arrange for the recycling of mobile phones donated by pupils and staff. We look after the school garden and this has recently become our biggest venture. The garden began in the summer of 2008 when Mrs Cannon, Mrs MacDonald and Mrs Anderson received donations from B+Q, other local companies and farmers. We had a visit from Freda Morrision of the BBC Radio Scotland Potting Shed programme, and the garden began to take shape. The Eco Group took over the development of the garden in 2009 and many pupils have spent many hours working hard in it with Mr McGarry in charge.
We have planted 15 different types of vegetables and herbs, which will be used by our Home Economics Department. We have built a pond which will be stocked with plants and mini beasts to be studied by Biology classes. We are currently building a greenhouse, to be used in the germination of seedlings and growing fruit and vegetables which need the heat.
We are currently creating new flower beds which will be stocked with contributions made by staff and pupils. Our plan is for the garden to become and whole-school resource and we will be encouraging all departments to consider how they would use the garden to achieve some of the National Outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.
The Garden is looking as good as ever thanks to the hard work of many pupils and staff. Lots of activities have been going on this session including:
1. Visit from St Margarets Primary, Montrose
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2. School Garden Concert
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3.Dundee Garden and Allotment Competition 2010
Baldragon Academy has won the Schools section of the Dundee Garden and Allotment Competition 2010! Two judges from Dundee City Council came to the school to see all the work and effort that has been put into the garden over the last two years. Well done to the green fingered pupils and staff!
Last Sessions News
On May 26th we received a cheque for £250 form Eco Schools Scotland to help us to develop our garden.
May 27th - some of our S1 Eco Group pupils have visited Turrifs Garden Centre in Broughty Ferry to collect two trees for the garden, donated by Ian Turriff.
If all of our plans become reality then we will submit our application for the Eco Schools Silver Award in October. We won the Bronze award in November 2008.
Watch this space for all Eco/garden Development.
Have a look at the Video Clip of pupils harvesting potatoes