As one of the few schools in the whole of Wales to have obtained the Platinum Eco Award we are continuing to work hard to look after our school environment.
Please click here to watch a video about how we first achieved this award.
We strive to continue with the principles of Eco-Schools.
‘We start each year by electing Eco reps from each year group to create a new committee. All through the year, we continue with our Eco promises, such as making sure that everyone recycles and saves water and then we think of new ideas to help improve our school and community.’ (Eco Committee 2019)
Click here to see our PLATINUM+ certificate
Powys Battery recycling Competition 2019
We joined the Powys Battery competition (Nov 2018 – Apr 2019) with the help of the PTFA and the Head teacher. We spoke to children and explained the damage that batteries can do to the environment if they are disposed of incorrectly. We were given a battery collection box and then set out encouraging as many people as we could to bring their used batteries in. People from all over town brought their batteries to be collected and by the end of the competition, thought we didn’t win, we had collected over 124kg of batteries. All of these were saved from going to landfill and we are really proud of our achievement. It went so well that we are continuing to recycle batteries in school and in the community. The box in the entrance is now a permanent feature. We are hoping to collect even more batteries this year.
If you have any used batteries please bring them along to the entrance of the school where you will find our battery recycling point. Thank you!
Hay School Eco Committee
Look out for our poster around town.
We are fortunate to have a member of staff who has achieved the Level 3 Forest Schools Practitioner Award.
What is Forest School?
Forest School is the name for an approach to educating children in the outdoors environment on a regular basis.
Forest School is an opportunity for your child to experience nature and the outdoor environment in a safe, secure and hands on way.
Why Forest School?
Children learn best from first hand experiences. Exploring, playing and learning using a range of activities is what Forest School is all about. Building a sense of independence, high self esteem and team work are important parts of Forest School.
There is much evidence to show how regular experience of Forest School can have dramatic and profound influences on child development. Statistics show that children of all abilities make better progress when Forest School experiences are brought back into the conventional classroom.
What will my child do at Forest School?
Each term, each class will complete a series of approximately six weekly Forest School sessions at our Forest School site. Children will learn about the natural environment and acquire skills, wherever possible, linked to the main-school topics.
Examples of activities completed at Forest School are:
- Shelter building
- Environmental art
- Animal and insect tracking
- Using tools safely such as pen knives and bow saws
- Lighting a fire to make popcorn and warm marshmallows and hot chocolate
Where is the school’s Forest School site?
The school uses The Warren as well as The Black Lion Green, both in Hay on Wye. The walk to and from these area take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
What will my child need?
- Wellies and warm socks
- Waterproof jacket (this type of coat is best as it is light and also windproof)
- Waterproof over trousers as children will inevitably get dirty!
Other clothing will depend on the season:
- A warm coat, hat and gloves
- A sun hat
A Healthy School is….
“one that is characterised by constantly strenghthening its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working”.
As a school we have achieved the Phase 5 award and we are currently working towards the NQA (phase 6) – the final part of the Healthy Schools scheme.
The Fairtrade Schools Award is a campaign that gives pupils the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of global issues and that Fairtrade is the solution for so many farmers and workers in poorer countries.
Our school became the first school in Powys to acheive Fairtrade Schools status.
Fairtrade is an important part of school life – Fairtrade ingredients are used in cooking, in the staff room and at school events. Pupils also learn about Fairtrade in lessons.
The school is situated in attractive school grounds in a quiet, convenient position alongside the car park in Hay on Wye.
The school is in the Brecon Beacons National Park and serves the town of Hay-on-Wye and surrounding area. The school values the diversity of family backgrounds and ensures the provision of a safe, stimulating and happy learning environment for all.
Welsh Government – Wales School Ratings
Welsh Government have ranked all primary and secondary schools into four colour coded bands – red, amber, yellow and green – according to a range of criteria including standards achieved and targets set for the pupils. Hay on Wye CP School is ranked one of only 19 Powys Primary schools in the green category. This is due to the inspiration and hard work of all staff, the support of parents and work put in by the children to do their best. For more information, please see the ITV wesbite here.
Hay on Wye CP School is also proud of its other successes such as being a: