The Eco Council is a group of elected children from across the school. Our aim is to address environmental issues and promote sustainability by ensuring that all members of the school community reduce waste and lower energy consumption. Mrs. Jackson, Mrs.Satchwell and Ms. Coleman are the grown ups who work with us to help us in our eco work!
We hold regular meetings and do regular jobs in and around school. We help with litter picking around the school grounds and have helped Nunnery Wood High School to keep the surrounding area litter free. We collect fruit and vegetable waste each day in each classroom and add it to large compost bins that are on the playground and by the allotment. We have also worked with other schools in our cluster and Worcester Wildlife trust to promote biodiversity by understanding the importance of bees. Each June the whole school counts the number of bees we see around the school grounds and we record it in a huge graph, which is displayed by our ECO board. Since we started promoting bees our bee population has grown, see the picture below.
We have 75 Solar panels fitted on our roof. This helps us to reduce our electricity bill and save the planet by getting some power from the sun. We are trying to use less electricity in school too, by turning lights, projectors and screens off when they are not in use. Each year we take part in 'Switch it off fortnight' where we get the whole school involved in switching lights off and saving electricity.
With the help and generosity of our Friends Association we have built an amazing allotment that provides each class an opportunity to grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers. We have a large poly tunnel and can extend the growing season so more exotic plants can be grown. Each class has the chance to enter our allotment competition where the tallest sunflower, largest vegetable, most attractive raised bed or best scarecrow can win the class a prize.
In June 2017 we were awarded the ECO schools Green Flag. The whole school helped to achieve ECO schools status. We are now working towards renewing this award and have five areas to focus on.
Our five main areas of focus have been -
- the school grounds
- healthy living
Have a look at the powerpoint, at the bottom of this page, we used in our whole school assembly, where we explained what we were working on this year. This is a picture of our ECO board. It shows the work different year groups have been doing.
We have been developing our woodland area so that all children across the school can access the woodland area and work and play outside more. Mrs.Satchwell now takes every class into woodland each fortnight, where cross curricular links area made outdoors.
We have been very lucky as we have had help from the Duckworth trust. They came with their volunteers and cleared two sections for us. One was an enormous area of brambles, which was by the children on the KS1 playground. In this area we will have some beautiful buddleia bushes, which will attract butterflies. The other area was full of long grass. This area has two large patches of dry exposed soil, which are ready to sow wild flower seeds in.
Here our fabulous ECO councillors are preparing the soil and sowing the seeds we had from Kew Gardens.
Fantastic Bzzy Bee project celebration.
We have been working on increasing the number of bees we have around our school this past year. To celebrate its success we went to Lower Smite farm to share our stories with some other schools. We had a fabulous time - see below.
The children enjoyed making their class scarecrows ready for when they plant up their raised beds in the allotment. The winner was Spruce class with the Tin Man, 2nd was Aspen with Mr. Willy Wonker and 3rd was Sycamore with Dennis the Menace.
Wild life Fund Bzzy Bee Progamme.
We are learning how to care for wild bees and how to improve our school grounds so bees will want to live here. Ten Eco councillors went to Nunnery Wood High School to learn about wild bees and their habitats.