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Local activities and projects open to all Dorset schools.

Each term we will be working with a local partner to bring you a project that any school can join in. If you're doing Eco-Schools, you can get your Eco-Committee to help organise the project and use it towards Eco-Schools awards. Or just make the most of taking part in a fun whole-school challenge!

Spring Term 2018: Put Plastic in its Place

Recycle and raise funds for school with Empties Please

Thanks to Blue Planet II, recent news about plastic pollution in the oceans has reminded us how important it is to reduce our use of plastics and dispose of all plastics responsibly.

This term we're inviting schools to help solve the plastic problem by joining Empties Please. Empties Please are a recycling company offering a free, fun way to recycle printer and toner cartridges whilst raising funds for your school. We're looking at printer and toner cartridges - a big source of plastic waste in schools and businesses. Because they are hard to recycle, they often end up going to landfill and can escape into the sea.  

What's involved?

  • create a school account at (opens in a new window). Quote 'DCC' in the 'how did you hear about us' box,
  • Empties Please will provide you with everything you need to start collecting
  • optional free launch assembly with the Sustainable Schools Officer
  • send your cartridges (freepost) to Empties Please and get paid for every cartridge they can recycle

What are the benefits?

  • an opportunity to respond to issues of plastic pollution raised by Blue Planet II
  • a source of income for your school
  • a chance to win a free class visit to the Weymouth SEA LIFE Centre* (transport included)


*We've teamed up with the Weymouth SEA LIFE Centre to offer you the chance to learn more about the marine wildlife that we want to protect. All schools that sign up to Empties Please in Spring 2018 will be entered into a prize draw to win a free trip class trip to Weymouth SEA LIFE, including transport.

Empties Please in action in Dorset

Damers First school began collecting with Empties Please in September 2017. Empties Please provided collection bins for school and extra bins so that local businesses could collect for the school. In one term they earned a whopping £93.10!

Did you know...?

  • every year, 40 million inkjet cartridges are dumped in the UK
  • in landfill the cartridges take 1000 years to break down
  • cartridges can't be put into normal household or school recycling

Get involved!

Find details and register at (opens in a new window)

Contact the Sustainable Schools Officer for more information and to arrange your free assembly.


Summer Term 2017: A huge turn out for 30 Days Wild

The Wildlife Trusts month-long nature challenge 30 Days Wild encourages schools and families to do something 'wild' every day during the month of June. There was a fantastic response to the campaign, with 149 Dorset schools signing up. For inspiration, schools were provided with 30 'Random Acts of Wildness' cards which suggested wild activities they could do, from having a wild picnic to writing a wild poem, running barefoot to cloud-gazing. Some schools incorporated Random Acts of Wildness into lessons, while others used set them as challenges for break time or after school.

The purpose was of course to encourage children to connect with nature, which has been shown to improve children's emotional wellbeing, attention span, physical fitness and resilience, as well as being memorable and fun!

Read more about 30 Days Wild.

365 Days Wild!

You can use the outdoor classroom in the curriculum all year round. Here are some resources to help you plan outdoor sessions:

Spring Term 2017: The Big Pedal

Well done to all the schools who took part in the The Big Pedal (opens in a new window)2017! Across the UK, 1,698 schools took part and children and supporters in the Big Pedal clocked up over 1 million journeys. The results for Dorset are as follows:

  • 30 schools took part
  • 21 106 journeys were made by Dorset pupils and supporters 
  • if each journey was 1km, Big Pedal participants in Dorset scooted and cycled the length of the Great Wall of China! 

Sustrans' surveys suggest that 75% of Big Pedal schools keep cycling and scooting after the event. We hope all the Big Pedallers out there will keep up their healthy habit!

The winners are:

  • mountain bike stunt show (best overall performance):  St James' CE First School, Alderholt
  • scooter pod (most children scooting to school): Henbury View First School, Corfe Mullen
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