The school community of Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough is very excited to receive the designation of Bee School. We have an active group of students and staff that are committed to the reducing the environmental impact of our school.
The Holy Cross Bee Club, EcoSchool Team, and various classes have been involved in improving pollinator habitat (planting flowers, creating bee hotels, identifying pollinator species) for wild bees on the school grounds. The Bee Club is responsible for the care and maintenance of the three bee hives on the green roof of the school. After one full season, from opening of the hives in the spring to the honey extraction and prep for winter, the group of students eagerly awaits the warm weather to visit their buzzing friends.
We have just finished our third season of beekeeping with the help of the Holy Cross Apiary Club. Students are invited to go to our green roof where the bee hives are and learn about the practices of beekeeping with the help of veteran beekeepers. At our school. we have another environmental group in addition to the apiary club called EcoSchool. The groups frequently work in tandem to address environmental concerns. We have a platinum EcoSchool certification. which has been achieved in three of the last four years. We’re passionate about helping the bees: meeting every week. assisting in hive inspections. educating ourselves about bees in our
free time. going on out-of-school excursions revolving around beekeeping. and doing team building exercises so we can work better as a group.