Eco Council

Fairtrade Fortnight
 
As part of Global Citizenship Eco Council helped to support Fairtrade Fortnight within school. They helped at the cake sale and will continue to support the promotion of buying Fairtrade products when we are shopping with our families. In the new hall there is a display which includes letters written by Year 5 to encourage the cook to use Fairtrade products within our school meals. Nursery made some wonderful collage bananas and Reception learnt about Pablo the banana and how bananas are grown and sent to shops around the world. Year 2 produced colourful posters encouraging us to choose Fairtrade teabags for our daily cups of tea. Our teachers drink many of these during a term!
 
Science Week 2017 
 
Eco council have been so encouraged to see so many of the exciting tasks and investigations this week using lots of recycled products. Year 4 used many plastic bottles and recycled newspapers to make their erupting volcanoes. Year 1 used many recycled boxes to make their camouflaged animals to hide within the school grounds for their parents to find. Reception used junk modelling  to make very strong houses for the 3 little pigs to keep them safe from the big bad wolf! Year 2 made fantastic vehicles using recycled cd's for wheels. All the photographs of some of these amazing activities are on the year group blogs for you to look at.
 
Visitor to Eco Council 
 
In place of our usual meeting last half term we met with Nooshin from Newcastle council who came to visit us to learn about what we have been working on towards our Green Flag award. She was very interested in our Switch off Fortnight and our recycling bins in the corridors for classroom paper waste.
Fruit trees for our school grounds
 
Following our award winning recycled Christmas tree we were presented with our prize of 2 fruit trees. We are hopeful that these trees will flourish and be a reminder that recycling helps to give back to the environment to make it a better place for future generations. The Eco council hope you enjoy watching these trees blossom in the coming years.
 
 
Recycling - Junk Modelling
 
Reception and Nursery are continuously using empty cereal boxes and other similar household items for junk modelling where they design their own creations! Thank you!
 
Recycling bins for paper
 
The Eco council have used some of the funds raised from our recent Toy Sale to purchase two bins to encourage teachers and pupils to recycle paper. Before we had these bins, which are in the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 corridors, paper was just thrown out with all the other rubbish. By separating the paper, it is now easier for Alan the caretaker, to put it in the recycle bin as it has been separated from other general rubbish. We are keen to recycle as much paper as possible as this is one of our aims to achieve our Green Flag award.
 
This month Eco Council entered a competition to produce a Christmas tree made out of only recycled products. The children sourced items from home and within school to use. The experience has meant that the children have learnt how items which otherwise would be discarded can be used in many ways.
 
Recycling is an area that Eco Council are very aware of to improve not only the school but the local community. Our aim for the year is to reduce the schools consumption of energy resulting in an improved EDF report next year. Our 'Switch off Fortnight' has been an initial awareness campaign within the school to encourage pupils and staff to turn off lights and computers and use water when necessary.

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Eco Council have been very busy recently, please look at our blog to see some of what we have been involved with. Please take a look at our meeting minutes below.

We have a new blog page now which we will updating with information about what we are up to. Please take the time to check it out! Every Friday we have been using recycled items to make Christmas gifts for our families. We will be starting to distribute our red and yellow cards this week to classes that are eco-friendly and help to conserve electricity by turning off lights and laptops etc in the classroom.  

The Eco Council were very excited to received their badges during our Celebration Assembly on Friday.  We have also started our Eco Recycling Art Club. With the help and support of Mrs Walsham we have begun to create a useful storage pot from recycled drink cans.  We are looking forward to using recyclable items to make treats and gifts in the lead up to Christmas. We will add photographs soon!

Mrs Hill is going to meet Mrs Wallace during the first week back after half term to begin preparing for our next Eco award. More information to follow as we progress.

We have had our first Eco Council meeting where we shared our ideas for the coming term. Please see attached a copy of our minutes from this meeting which will give you an update of our immediate plans!

Congratulations to all the new Eco Council! Your manifestos were full of fantastic ideas! We will be having our first meeting next week to prepare our action plan for the year ahead. In the meantime let us take care to use our school resources carefully as a small step in contributing to an Eco-friendly school environment.

The Eco Council were very pleased to receive the Bronze Award from Eco Schools. Melanie Wallace, the Environmental Officer presented it to the council on Friday 14th April. The Eco Council had to complete a pupil environmental review. They answered questions about waste, litter, energy, school grounds and transport. They then created an action plan for our school. The Council have decided we need to improve on recycling and our energy use. They would also like more seating in the school grounds, which could be made from recycled material. They will now work towards getting the Silver Award and hopefully achieve Green Flag status in the near future!