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Dronfield Junior School motto: acheiving whilst making learning fun

Eco Group




Dronfield Junior School Eco Committee





DJS is proud to be a Green Flag Eco School! We are passionate about the environment and have a very active Eco Committee that meets weekly to plan and organise events and activities. The Committee consists of one representative from all upper school classes, while children in the lower school can participate as litter busters and paper recyclers.


The Eco Committee develops an annual action plan of activities as well as coordinating our regular events including: collections for Bag2School, local food banks and Baby Basics, caring for our productive and wildlife gardens, recycling, litter picking and energy saving.



The Eco Code

The Eco committee have written the Eco Code. We all try to follow these rules to help the school and local area.

Scroll over the code to read it all, or click here for a closer look at our Eco Code.




Wildlife Club


We are now running a Wildlife Club in conjunction with Maria Kloess, an intern ranger with responsibility for Lea Brook Valley. Children learn through fun, games and their own exploratory spirit. They help to decide what food they want to grow and which species they want to explore and support. Activities include crafts such as building insect and hedgehog homes, wildlife observation and monitoring, growing fruit and vegetables and creating wildlife habitats.  The club runs on Tuesday evenings 3.30pm-4.30pm in the school garden with some activities in the Lea Brook Valley.



Growing and Bird Boxes




We grow a wide variety of fruit and vegetables in our school garden. Where possible we harvest it for all to sample in their school dinners. We harvested the rhubarb which we all enjoyed in a fruit sponge.

All year groups enjoy gardening and growing. The Y6s put in the vegetables that were started in smaller pots by the Eco Committee. They even found a centipede!


On an icy morning last year, we went round lots of different places in Dronfield carrying bird boxes made by Dronfield Juniors' Eco group. The places we visited were: a very natural and wild area of forest, the very colourful school garden and a lovely, bright clearing in the forest. The bird boxes (built by the Eco committee) were also put up by David from the Dronfield Civic Society, who also helped to assemble the boxes. Each member climbed a ladder to put up a bird box so that the birds can live happily in their habitat.

Written by the Eco group.

Scroll down these pictures to see the Eco group growing vegetables and putting up their bird boxes.



Baby Basics

Baby Basics is a volunteer-led project aiming to support new mothers who are struggling to meet the financial and practical burden of looking after a new baby. It provides much needed essentials and equipment to mothers and families who are unable to provide these items for themselves; particularly those from displaced people groups and those seeking asylum.

We hold an annual collection for this charity, collecting specific items for their starter packs: a ‘Moses Basket’ of clothing, toiletries and essential baby equipment as an attractive gift to new mothers. Please see the school newsletters for our next collection. If you are interested in making a donation outside of these dates or would like to know more about the charity, please visit their website at





Description: and reusing is an important part of being an Eco School. Bag2school is a company that specializes in second hand clothing that can be re-used. Prior to a collection from school on a set date, they deliver a blue bag per family that can be filled with adults’ and childrens’ clothing, soft toys, shoes, hats and handbags. All bags are weighed and the school is paid by the total weight collected. We use this money to buy plants and equipment for our gardening projects. Please see our newsletters for the next collection date.





Friends of DJS gardening group 



If you are a parent or grandparent, can spare a bit of time and enjoy gardening we would love you to come along to our adult gardening group. They meet regularly (weather permitting) and carry out a variety of tasks from weeding to installing greenhouses and patios. There is something to suit everyone and always a cuppa and a biscuit! Please ask at the school office for more information if you are interested.




We are always grateful for donations to help with our gardening, be it spare tools, bulbs, vegetable seedlings or even something bigger. Please see our newsletter for our current wish list or if you have something that you think would be useful pop into school and let us know.


Dronfield Junior School Awards and Accreditations

page last updated: 08/02/2017