Dear <<First Name>> A very warm welcome back to a new school year. Last year more than half of the city's schools took part in the BHee project, and we're looking forward to working with even more in the year to come.
Keep an eye on this termly newsletter and the BHee website to find out what BHee can offer your school including:
wonderful 'Wildlife' workshops in your school grounds, at the beach or in a local green space
hands-on 'Waste' workshops, exploring the all-important 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle)
inspiring twilights for teachers
a growing bank of teaching resources to download and borrow
competitions and events for pupils
expert advice and support, customised to meet your school's needs
BHee News BHee is funded by Brighton & Hove City Council as part of its commitment to One Planet Living, so all our support is completely FREE TO SCHOOLS.
BHee Twilight: Introduction to Eco-Schools 7th October, Benfield Primary School 4 to 5.30pm A twilight for new Eco Coordinators or those needing a refresher about Eco-Schools. Enjoy a short tour of Benfield's new garden area, find out about the Eco-Schools process, and be the first to see BHee's new learning resources. Email Helen to book your place.
Autumn is the perfect time to improve an existing wildlife area or develop a new one. Download our seasonal wildlife advice sheets from the BHee website or email Katie to ask her to pop in and give you some in-school advice.
Winter Wildlife Workshops Book one of BHee's popular Wildlife workshops to find out how local wildlife copes with the chilly winter weather. Combine this with a visit to Stanmer Park to enjoy woodland activities before warming up around a campfire. For more information please email Katie. There are still a few SDNPtravel grants available for coach travel - book now to secure your visit!
Eco-Schools Awards Congratulations to Coombe Road Primary and Davigdor Infants for their recent Bronze awards, and to Patcham Juniors for an impressive Silver award. For advice on how to achieve your next Eco-Schools award or help giving your Eco-Schools work a new lease of life please email Helen.
Other News The information below is from a wide range of organisations who support schools with their sustainability work. Most of their input is free, but in some cases there may be a charge to schools. Click on the links to find out more.
Clothing Discovery Workshops: 16th October
As part of Brighton Fashion Week, Love Your Clothes invites schools to take part in their ‘tonne of clothing’ showcase. Pupils will enjoy FREE interactive workshops to explore the environmental issues associated with the production and use of clothing and how we can all make a difference. The sessions for primary and secondary pupils will delivered at the Open Market, Brighton. For more information click here.
Join the Time Travel Challenge
This October, Walk to School Month launches the Time Travel Challenge! Sign up now to receive wall charts featuring images of world events through time, Walk to School badges and travel diaries. Email Delphine (or call her on 291744) for your FREE resources, to book an assembly or to borrow the giant meerkat!
Big Nature in the Biosphere: 3rd October, 1-4pm
A FREE interactive event in The Foyer, The Brighton Centreto inspire people of all ages to create wildlife habitats. Learn about the wildlife attracted to a back garden pond or how to make a butterfly haven on your garage roof. A great family-friendly event for teachers, pupils and parents. For more information click here.
NEW: Our Local Water Cycle in Minecraft
Explore the local water cycle with KS2 and KS3 pupils in a fun and stimulating way. This new resource creates a virtual water world of our Biosphere using Minecraft software. For more information, including workshops from its creators Blockbuilders, click here.
NEW: The Level Resource Box and Visits
The newly regenerated Level park has a great new resource box to support outdoor learning, covering local history, mapping skills, wildlife and sustainability. For more information click here. To arrange a class visit to The Level and FREE use of the resource box, contact the Garden Manager.
Wild Beach Training: 5th and 6th October
Sussex Wildlife Trust are running another of their popular sessions offering experiential learning for staff wanting to take pupils to the beach. The course costs only £180 for two days. For more information click here.
Stone Age Workshops
Transform KS2 children into a Stone Age clan, and explore activities such as fire lighting, shelter building, charcoal making, foraging and making your own cave art. For more information, including workshop costs, click here or email Jo Little.
Brighton and Hove Fair Trade Steering Group aspire to bring Fairtrade school uniforms to our city. But first we all need to really get value out of the clothes we already own. Read more on their website, including a blog written by an inspiring Y11 student from one of our local schools.
Photography Competition The deadline for FotoDocument's online One Planet City photography competition for primary and secondary schools in Brighton & Hove has been extended to December 18th. For more information and to submit your pupils' entriesclick here.