We are the mighty Eco Committee and our job is to help the planet by spreading awareness of environmental issues and doing our best to lead change.
If you are interested about being an Eco Warrior for next year, or just want to find out what we do, ask any member of the Eco Committee (you’ll see us wearing a snazzy Eco Committee badge) or find our names and faces on the Eco-Board, or alternatively ask Mr Easter or Mr Carey.
As an Eco-School, we start the year by completing an Environmental Review of the different topics: Biodiversity, Marine, Energy, Litter, Water, Healthy Living, School Grounds, Global Citizenship, Transport and Waste. You can see our Environmental Review on our Eco-Board. We then decide which topics we will want to work on. We have lots of discussion and a vote to make a choice. This year we chose Waste, Litter and Biodiversity.
We then split into groups to write an action plan and learn about why we monitor changes and evaluate. We decide who will complete the different tasks it takes to make a change. We learn teamwork, how to plan and how to be leaders.
This year, our plan has led us to change how we collect waste. We have recycling bins now for pens, oral care products, paper and batteries. We took a survey in the hall at lunch and found many children were throwing food away – we’ve greatly reduced this now by giving more pupils more choice about food quantities and limiting puddings to those who are still hungry. Single-use plastics have been eliminated from school dinners too!
We take part in national campaigns like the Spring Clean, when we collect litter in Churchfields Gardens, What’s Under Your Feet?, where we analysed the invertebrates living in our field, Waste Week, when we aim to monitor and reduce waste and deliver an assembly on waste and litter, and RSPB Birdwatch and the Blue Campaign. We often write a page for the school newsletter and post on social media to tell adults what we have been doing!