The Eco Council will be supporting Miss Sims with helping the school help the environment. They will meet regularly (every fortnight) to discuss and plan how to improve our school environment and that of the wider world. This year they hope to achieve their Eco Schools Silver Award and raise money for charity through various events which will support the local environment and sustaining our planet.
Here is some more information on what the Eco Council have been up to on their quest to make St. Mary’s an Eco School!
The Eco Council have met twice this half term with Miss Sims. They’ve spent time considering our 3 main priorities; waste, biodiversity and energy. The Councillors have then led discussions with their classes on what more we can do at MSM to reduce and improve in these areas so we achieve our Silver Award for ECO Schools. They’ve gathered lots of great ideas which you’ll be hearing about soon!
The ECO Council have also agreed with classes to launch the MSM Paper Weigh In Competition which we sadly were unable to complete last year. This has the aim to reduce the amount of paper we waste unnecessarily. Over coming weeks they will be busy preparing for their launch video which they’ll share on this website and with the school early next term.
Children from Year 3 up to Year 6 were invited to complete an application form if they wanted to become an Eco Councillor. There were some incredibly amazing application forms which showcased how passionate our pupils are about all things ECO! Miss Sims was blown away by the things children were doing in the local community with their families to make our environment a much better place to live in.
After reading through so many high quality application forms we are delighted to advise that the following children have been selected to be our Eco Councillors for this half of the year:
Emily D, J R, Evie G, Clara M, Annabel B, Izzy L, Caylon C and Jack H
The first ECO Council Meeting will be on Wednesday 7th October with Miss Sims.
In January the Eco Council spent time speaking to their classes about the three main priorities for the school;
These areas for development came from the Environmental Review which was conducted last term. The Councillors collected ideas and suggestions which will be used to inform the action plan they complete next month!
In December the Eco Councillors planned and prepared an assembly which they led at St. John’s. The Eco Council shared with the infants all the work they’ve been doing so far in their new roles and what they plan to do in the future.
In November the Eco Councillors delivered a whole school assembly which focused on raising awareness on litter and single-use plastic.
During this assembly, the Eco Councillors promoted a ‘litterless lunch’ and urged the school to consider and adopt this for the meals and snacks they have in school. Posters like the below can now be found in the school dining hall.
Next month the Eco Council are excited to be invited to St. John’s to talk to them all about their new roles and what they’ve been up to.
During October the Eco Councillors worked alongside Miss Sims and their classes to complete an Environmental Review. The purpose of the review was to help set out actions for the year by establishing the school’s eco-performance in the following areas: waste, biodiversity, litter, global citizenship, water, energy, healthy living, marine, school grounds and transport.
During September the newly elected councillors learnt more about what was expected in their new role including their responsibility for being Eco ambassadors and role models for our school. They also learnt how to write minutes of meetings and began taking an active part in displaying current work on the Eco Council board. The board can be found in the corridor by the school’s office and is used to keep the rest of the school updated on what the Eco Council and the rest of the school are doing.