You can view our archived Eco Council information from 2017-2018 below:
Eco Warriors 2018-2019
What have we done?
- The Eco Warriors were pleased to welcome Mrs Whitfield from CAFOD into St Michael’s. She gave them an interactive session into ‘Saving the World’, highlighting Pope Francis’ message to us all. The children enjoyed it and learned a lot from the session, with them all sharing ideas on how they help the environment, at home and school. (Photos Below)
- The children coloured in posters ready for our Eco Warrior display, with children kindly finishing them in their own time.
- The children completed an environmental review for this year to allow us to see which areas we need to focus on to enable St Michael’s to go for the Silver award. From this we were able to complete an action plan of things we would like to accomplish this year: litter pick, planting sunflowers, pen recycling scheme etc.
- The Eco-Warriors and the whole school took part in Switch-Off Fortnight during November. It encouraged them to save electricity at home and at school, as they were more aware of what they could do to reduce their use. At the start of the fortnight the children completed an audit around school, provided by The Hub, then re-did it following the two weeks to see how much electricity we had saved…we were able to reduce our electricity use by -413kWh. The children also completed a light rota, each having a turn at coming in and identifying which lights were getting left on, allowing them to turn them off during their checks. They also completed a fact find comprehension about electricity in small groups which they all enjoyed.
- The Eco-Warriors have also introduced a pen recycling scheme to the school, as we get through lots of pens, the Eco-Warriors provided each class with a blue pot to collect pens that have ran out, so they can get sent away to a specialised company to recycle them. We also collect tip-ex, highlighters, felt-tip pens and whiteboard pens. The Eco-Warriors put posters up in their classes promoting this scheme, informed the class verbally and put up a poster highlighting what can be recycled.
- During family group time for Fairtrade fortnight, the school was looking at Pope Francis’ message Laudato Si about ‘caring for our common home’, the Ecos were able to go to all four family groups informing the school of what we were doing to uphold this message and things they could do at home, they then showed a child friendly animated video emphasising this message, made by CAFOD (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOgF2Kgel6k). Before this we also discussed what Fairtrade is and why it is important to support it during one of our meetings. The children also tried some Fairtrade chocolate and bananas.
- Recently (2nd April) the Eco-Warriors took part in a Litter Pick around Esh and in the playground as part of the councils Big Spring Clean, with the help from Durham County Council who provided all the necessary equipment, such as litter picks, bags, gloves, high-vis and bag hoops. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and collected lots of rubbish.
- We have also re-introduced the fruit bins, the school put their fruit rubbish in the yellow bin on the yard during break time and the Eco’s have a rota on who then empties it daily into the compost bin.
Switch Off Fortnight – Electricity Fact Find
Litter Pick (2nd April)
Pen Recycling Scheme – collecting all the pens from the classes to get sent away
Our Members 2017-2018:
- Miss Airlie – Lead
- Mrs Watson – Governor/Parent
- Evan (Class F)
- Robyn (Class F)
- Heidi (Class 1)
- Roman (Class 1)
- Ambrose (Class 2)
- Erin (Class 2)
- Amelia (Class 3)
- Joseph (Class 3)
- Hollie (Class 4)
- Francine (Class 5)
- Abi (Class 5)
- Holly (Class 6)
- Matthew (Class 6)
So far the Eco Warriors have:
- Created a list of school rules to put on display around school, along with posters to remind children to turn off the lights and to save water by only filling their water bottles 1/2 way.
- The children also created labels for the recycling bins so the children know which one to put waste paper in.
- The Eco Warriors have put fruit bins in the hall, class F and two outside for all the fruit waste, which they then empty into the compost bin during the week.
- We recently teamed up with the Gardening Gang to create bird feeders, using pipe cleaners and cheerios’ which we attached to string to allow us to hang them from trees. We were pleased to discover over the Christmas holidays all the bird feeders had been eaten.
- The Eco-Warriors took part in a litter pick around Esh Village focusing on the park near the school. We managed to collect one and a half bags in just 25 minutes. We did this with the help of Durham County Council who provided us with the litter picks, bags and gloves.
- Eco-Warriors and Gardening Gang planted sunflower seeds in the school garden to promote biodiversity, this is in the hopes of growing the tallest sunflower by October, for a competition to win £100 worth of garden equipment.
- We were lucky enough for the school to organise a theater production by Northumbrian Water, who came in to teach us the best ways to save water at home and at school. It was both interesting and informative for staff and pupils.
The Eco-Warriors completed an Environmental Review and an Action Plan set out by Green Flag to see which areas need targeting in school to become more environmentally friendly. On completion of this and having carried out some of our action plan targets such as the making bird feeders, been consistent with our fruit rubbish and taking part in a litter pick we have been awarded a Bronze Award by Green Flag.
Bird Feeders and Planting Sunflowers
Compost and Litter Pick