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Ballycraigy Primary School

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The Greener Grub Challenge

Final Measurement

  • You've reduced non-recyclables in lunchboxes by:

  • Number of food items in lunch boxes that could have been grown locally:

    0items of local food.
  • Percentage of food our school sources locally:

    1 to 10%of school food.


Action update

June 10th, 2011

Today’s happenings!!

The School Fair – we took the plants from our geenhouse and sold them at the sale. Wow it went well – we’ve lots left to sell at our sports’ day next week!!

The town mayor (an old pupil) was there to present us with a certificate for NI Best Kept School awards – we were ‘highly commended’ –  great news for all!!

June 10th, 2011

Growing our own food

June 8th, 2011

The results of our 2nd survey show that we have achieved a drop in the number of re-cyclable items in our lunchboxes.  We have also achieved a higher number of items which could have been grown locally.  However, due to circumstances beyond our control we have no say in how much food our school sources locally for school dinners.

June 8th, 2011

2nd Measurement

Total number of non-recyclables in lunchboxes:-


Items which could have been grown locally:-


 Percentage of food our school sources locally:-


June 8th, 2011

Re-cyling bins

Our re-cyling bins are up and running in the lunch room.  We have one for food, one for fruit and one for kitchen towels.  The children have been using them very well and we have noticed a difference in the amount of kitchen towels being used instead of tinfoil and clingfilm.

May 26th, 2011

The reply! from the council

Amazing!! The letter has just arrived!! Proof!!! Antrim Borough Council are investigating the possibility of giving the school some brown bins in the next few weeks.  We can then be able to recycle all the food waste in the school.  Wow! –  this is quite a turn around from what they were telling us a few months ago!!! Our letters were very persuasive…

May 20th, 2011

Writing a letter to Antrim Borough Council

Two classes have written their letters to go to the council.  We are asking them to think about a brown bin collection for our school.

May 19th, 2011

Lunch box survey results assembly

The children came up with the idea, that if you buy a big packet of crisps and put them into smaller containers for school – it’s cheaper and more eco friendly!!

May 13th, 2011

Prizes put to good use!

Help has come from Eric – a grandparent – we have planted our tomato plants and used the prizes we won earlier in the year!!  We are feeling great – it was good fun..

May 13th, 2011

Mrs Farrel, our classroom assistant has put all our info up on the noticeboard outside P4/5 classroom today.  She has worked hard.

April 9th, 2011

We’ve started planting our own greens!

Friday was a lovely day!  Eric, a grandad, came to help us plant out loads of veg to grow on.

April 9th, 2011

Kerry Parkhill’s visit (NEELB) education board’s dietitian

Kerry  came and chatted to our classes about our diet.  Did you know there are 21 sugar lumps in a “Fruit Shoot”?!!!  Even 74 lumps in a bottle of Nutella. She looked at our lunch box graphs and gave us good healthy advice. The older classes had to make choices about what is good for you, using a hand control device.

April 4th, 2011

‘Green Gym’ morning 2nd April

About 20 parents,teachers,grandparents-and about 20 children came to school on saturday morning!!!  We had super fun.  Everybody had a job to do.  We prepared all the veggie beds for planting, pruned back the old growth, planted new trees and held a recycling competition. Conservation Volunteers (NI) joined in with us too.

March 18th, 2011

‘Green Gym’


12th March, 2011

Our ‘Green Gym’ morning had to be cancelled because of the weather.  The children were to bring in models made from re-cycled rubbish in their lunch boxes for a competition.  This event is postponed until 2nd April.

March 18th, 2011

Appetite for Action Assembly


10th March, 2011

Mrs Brown did an Appetite for Action Assembly today and explained to the children about our challenge.  We even looked at pictures of their lunchboxes – very interesting! – lots of plastic.  We also looked at our blogs on the website.

March 4th, 2011

Greener Grub Challenge and Fair Trade Notice Boards

Greener Grub Challenge Notice Board

Greener Grub Challenge Notice Board

This week our Action Teams have been very busy putting up displays on our Greener Grub and Fair Trade Notice Boards.  We hope you like them. A lady came in from the council to talk to the older boys and girls about Fair Trade products available in our area.

Our Fair Trade Notice Board

Our Fair Trade Notice

March 3rd, 2011

P2/P3 lunchbox survey

Action Team for P2/P3 Lunchbox survey


Action Team for P2/P3 Lunchbox survey

Come and look in our lunchboxes

P2/P3 children took pictures of their lunchboxes. We can see how they recycle. Most of them use recycleable materials, eg plastic boxes, re-fillable plastic bottle, thermos bottles.

February 25th, 2011

P4/P5 Lunchbox Survey

Thursday 24th February, 2011

We did our own class survey today and what a time we had.  Everyone taking packed lunches were very keen for us to take a look at what they had to eat and what type of packaging their food was wrapped in.  Lots of people in our class take packed lunches.  We had good fun.

We can't wait to see what's in our classmates lunchboxes.

February 25th, 2011

P3 /P4 Lunchbox Survey

Ready to survey P3 lunchboxes.

Ready to survey P3 lunchboxes.

18th February, 2011

Today was our survey of the P3 lunchboxes.  We discovered that not many P3 pupils bring packed lunches today as they prefer to take school dinners.  The lunchboxes we did survey were quite healthy and the P3 children took a real interest in what we were doing.

February 11th, 2011

Survey of P6/7 lunchboxes and Interview with dinner ladies

Action Team for P6/7 Lunchbox survey

Action Team for P6/7 Lunchbox survey

Our dinner ladies are great!

Our dinner ladies are great!

This week our Action Team were very busy surveying the P6/7 lunchboxes.  The P6/7 girls and boys were as helpful as the P1 boys and girls and we had a good look at what their sandwiches and biscuits were wrapped in and we were able to get some good results for our survey.  This week we also interviewed our dinner ladies Sylvia and Eileen about how much recycleable cups and cutlery they use in the canteen and how much of the food cooked is organic, sourced locally and/or grown on site.  Here are our results:-

1. Does the school use reuseable plates?   


2. Does the school use reuseable cups?  


3. Does the school use reuseable cutlery?                            


4. Does the school have water jugs on tables?                    


5. Do you compost your uncooked food waste?              


6a. What percentage of food do you source locally?           

   Unsure of the source of all food as our contracts are from area manager, however, our fruit and vegetables, bread and eggs are sourced locally. Sugar and milkare sourced from Southern Ireland i.e. Dublin and Cavan and ice cream, flour, stock, gravy, etc is from Kent.

  6b. What percentage of the food you purchase is organic?    1-10%

7. What percentage of packaging do you return to suppliers for reuse?- e.g. cardboard boxes. 

0% returned to suppliers for reuse.  Cardboard boxes are put in blue bins for recycling.

8. What percentage of your canteen food do you grow onsite?         


The Appetite for Action programme has been developed in partnership between the leading environmental behaviour change charity Global Action Plan and Sky. Global Action Plan has run the Action in School programme successfully with over 300 schools, helping them to make small changes that make a big difference. The Appetite for Action programme with Sky will allow many more schools to benefit from the process.