‘Growing up together in Newtown'.
Welcome to our Eco-Schools web page. We hope you will find it full of information about what we do.
What is Eco-Schools?
Eco-Schools is a countrywide scheme which helps children take responsibility for the future of their environment.
For more details about Eco-Schools please visit their website at: www.eco-schools.org.uk
We are working towards our bronze and silver award and our sustainable programme award. We have designed an Eco-Shools Code for St George's.
The Action Team
Our Action Team is made up of children and adults. At present, we have two elected members from each class in KS2 each with an eco topic for their class, and then we have a chairperson, secretary and treasurer from years five and six. We have a parent governor and class teachers, as well as an Eco school leader who oversees all the projects.
In January we are going to team a KS1 class with a KS2 class, this will involve two children from each class who will then feed back to the rest of the class.
We hold meetings regularly- each year group meets once a month and we have whole school council meetings once every half term. We meet during key stage 2 assembly. We have an agenda for our meetings, and minutes are taken by our secretary as a. record of our meetings. We all get to know each other well, and everyone is allowed to have their say!
Our Action Projects
This year to give everyone a chance to be involved in the eco school council we have given a topic to each KS2 year group
At present, the responsibilities are:
Year 3- Healthy Living and Transport
At St George’s we are very keen to promote healthy lifestyles through teaching the benefits of fitness and of eating a balanced diet. For more information see our healthy schools policy.
We are currently putting together a School Safer Routes to School Travel Plan. This includes a survey of pupils, staff and parents, graphs and figures from the results and actions to be taken.
Year 4 – Energy and water
We are collecting data about the amount of energy we use in school and recording the figures for gas, water and electricity. These findings will be recorded on our eco school council display boards. We are also finding ways to encourage the school to save energy.
The energy committee also meets once a month with the caretaker to record, monitor and feedback their findings to the group.
Year 5- Litter and waste
We don’t just pick up the litter! We learn why we shouldn’t drop it and about the effects of litter on the environment. At all times we encourage everyone to put litter in the bins. We talk about this in assemblies and we are also developing posters asking everyone to keep the place free of litter. We sometimes have a problem when children drop litter but this has been solved by banning eating on the playground. We sometimes have a problem with litter near the fences because some people drop litter outside the school grounds and it blows inside and collects in certain areas. Our Litter Busters go out regularly to collect the litter and dispose of it safely. We supply our children with litter pickers' vests and gloves.
We have signed up with a recycling company, Recycool, so that we can collect and recycle old mobile phones and used inkjet and toner/ laser printer cartridges to raise money for school funds. This also helps the environment because handsets and cartridges contain toxic substances which, if they are dumped in landfill, can leak into the surrounding soil and pollute the earth. Find out more at www.recycool.org.
We work very hard at St Georges School and use a lot of paper! We have been recycling our scrap or waste paper for a while now. Unwanted paper is put into the green bins located in each classroom. The cleaners are in charge of emptying these bins the bins are emptied every day; we empty the bins into a big tub which is moved by trolley to the Paper Bank. We also try to reuse paper as much as possible. We use the back of unwanted worksheets and photocopies for our scrap paper. We also make posters to encourage people to use paper wisely and dispose of it properly.
Year 6- Biodiversity and school grounds
Our main projects are the plastic bottle green house for the Environmental Area. Developing the school grounds to encourage natural wildlife. And to promote a healthy environment for our children to grow up in, to give the children a sense of responsibility in looking after an area. Year six have produced environmental leaflets for children and parents/ carers which we are looking at being printed professional and disrupted to the local community. As a whole school project, each child in their class have planted a daffodil bulb to look after and in the spring the daffodils will be sold and all monies raised will go to Cancer Research.
There is much work still to be done. We have many planters which need regular attention, and we would like to use more of the lovely ideas for planting schemes that have been suggested by the children.
Whole eco school council Global citizenship
At present we are looking at how the environment in other countries effects climate change.
We have just completed the Switch Off Fortnight campaign to encourage everyone to save energy during the school day and at home.
Eco school council- information about the eco awards and the nine topics
The pod- lesson plans assembles and activities for the children to complete relating to the nine topics
Go-givers- activities, lesson plans assemblies for teachers and activities for the c hildren.