Our Eco Committee
All of the children in the school were invited to submit an application to join the Eco Committee. They were able to explain the reasons why they felt they would be a good member of the team. All of the applications were then looked at by their peers and one child was chosen from each class for P3 – P7.We advertised on our school Facebook page for new members to the Eco committee and invited some grandparents to help with aspects such as the school grounds. The Eco committee meet every 4-6 weeks and at each meeting minutes are taken. The children in the Eco Committee take turns, as do the adults to minute each meeting. We use the minutes from the previous meeting to reflect on our progress for the current meeting.
Our minutes are displayed on our Eco notice board which is visible for the whole school.
After each meeting is recorded, minutes from the meeting are shared with all classes in the school.
There were lots of areas that we had to make decisions about and we usually took a vote and came to a similar agreement about different job allocations. We all wear our Eco Committee badges so that everyone can identify the Eco team!
As part of our annual environmental review we decided that we would focus on litter, health and wellbeing and sustaining our world.
The children are very creative and enjoy finding solutions for our different areas of work within the ECO committee. We have had lots of fun working as a team!
We always have a focus on litter to ensure we don’t spoil our beautiful playground. We needed to stop litter especially from people who come into the school grounds at weekends and evenings. Our Primary 2 are the Wombles and they are responsible for looking after the playground, collecting litter and counting it and putting it into graphs. Later in the year, the Primary 2 children will provide a sharing assembly to the whole school where they can explain their findings and how we can improve as a school. The Eco team supported this by helping the Primary 2 children to understand the effect that litter can have – together they create litterbug posters.
Health and Wellbeing
We made a plan to develop a sensory garden this year alongside the big gnomes (P7) and the wee gnomes (P1). We applied for a food for thought grant and were successfully in our bid to resource and develop a food garden. We planted lots of different vegetables and then to ensure this remains sustainable for other years the garden gnomes created a community café for our local community with our produce. We have had a big push on encouraging healthy pack lunches and the Eco team have been responsible for monitoring waste free pack lunches. The Eco committee went around the different classes to give ideas about reducing plastic and they created posters about this too. Mrs Sim, our headteacher, put a note in our monthly newsletter for parents and grandparents as well. We are very lucky that we have a variety of afterschool clubs which we are able to offer to the children. Both parents and community members offer these extra-curricular activities such as hockey, badminton, football, athletics, cross country and our new woodland outdoor adventure club!
Sustaining Our World
We have been looking at our global footprint. We wanted to find ways that we could reduce it across the school. We had a whole school day of action where the Eco team led the school events; planting trees, all electronic equipment had to be switched off and instead learning through different aspects such as circle time to discuss environmental issues such as plastic waste, how to encourage fairtrade and linking to global charities such as Kids of Kolkata.