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Friday 21st April 2023

CST Earth Day 2023

Thank you for all your kind donations for our blue and green Earth Day today. Everyone looked amazing! The Green Team will use the money to buy more plants to help pollinators and also for our school community to enjoy. 
Tomorrow, Saturday 22nd April, is World Earth Day where the theme is Invest in Our Planet. We have been celebrating our wonderful planet across the school with learning and conversations ranging from protecting hedgehogs to fast fashion.

The Green Team have come up with some ideas of how you can do small things that will all add up - if we all work together, we can make a big difference. Why not try just one thing with your friends and family?

  • Have a toy and clothes swap with your friends so you don't buy new things
  • Go on a litterpick
  • Plant more plants for bees and get a bee rescue kit with sugar water
  • Recycle more and try not to buy single use plastic
  • Walk and cycle or scoot to stop air pollution and be more healthy and save money
  • Eat less meat
  • Tell people why they need to help the planet
  • Mow your lawn less so wildflowers can grow for the bees
  • Write to businesses and the council to ask them to do more to help the planet
  • Don't waste food - here is a good website with recipes for leftovers

Below is a flyer for the Dundry Earth Day festival taking place tomorrow with lots of activities for all the family.

Register your garden to join the BS3 Urban Nature Reserve

Register your garden, planter or local wild patch to be part of the Greater Bedminster Urban Nature Reserve. This initiative aims to connect the green spaces in our neighbourhood, from pots on windowsills to gardens. It will help our local BS3 Wildlife Group map local wildlife and see how we can improve spaces for nature. We have registered our school grounds and the Green Team have been busy carrying out a habitat survey to see what else we can do to support wildlife.

Avon Wildlife Trust are also running a wildlife garden competition - you can find out more here.

Active Travel Map

The "School Streets" scheme at drop off and pick up times has made travel times quieter and safer on the roads around school. We encourage all of our school community to walk, cycle or scoot wherever possible as it helps us stay healthy and reduces the impact on our local environment. Below is an Active Travel Map for our school where you can see five and ten minute walking zones. Can you find your home? Are you within this zone? If you don't already, why not try walking, cycling or scooting to school, especially as the weather is now improving.

Healthier Playground Snacks

We have noticed some unhealthy snacks being brought into school. You are welcome to provide your child with a snack to eat during morning break time (10:40am), and in line with our food policy we aim to discourage the consumption of snacks high in fat and sugar at break time. The following is not an exhaustive list, but is provided to help you come up with ideas for appropriate snacks.


Good choices:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Vegetable sticks (carrot, pepper, etc.)
  • Breadsticks
  • Oaty bars
  • Pitta bread
  • Crackers
  • Plain brioche


To discourage:

  • Crisps
  • Chocolate bars
  • Biscuits
  • Processed cheese i.e. Dairylea dunkers (these can be high in fat and salt)
  • Cheese strings
  • Sweets
  • Cake
  • Doughnuts


If in doubt, you can look at the nutritional information on the back of all packaging to determine whether a product is high in sugar, salt or fat.

The King's Coronation

On Friday 5th May, we will be marking the Coronation of King Charles III with an extra assembly in the morning in which children will learn about the king, the coronation and the ceremony that will be taking place that weekend. Children will also be joining with another class from a different year group to make a crown together, and taking part in a picnic with snacks in the school playground during the school day. Class teachers will soon be in touch with you about providing donations of snacks for the picnic.

Other Information

  • For details of a free family ceilidh on Sunday at the Windmill Hill Social Club on Vivian Street, please click below. Money will be raised for the South & East Bristol Foodbank. 

We would like to wish you all a Happy Eid, and hope that you have a wonderful weekend of celebration. Eid Mubarak!