St Martin’s School and Nursery Eco-council are a committee of pupils, elected by their peers to represent their Form group’s opinions and ideas of how we can become a more eco-friendly school. Our school representatives are:
Roshan Form 6
“I want to make people aware that our world pollution needs to be reduced.”
Chloe B Form 5
“I want to be either counsellor because I like to see nature thrive and want to help the environment improve.”
Ambika Form 5
“I want to be part of this group because I want to stop littering and decrease pollution.”
Aeson Form 4
“if we don’t take action now our wildlife would disappear.”
Christina Form 3
“I love responsibilities and to help the environment because I see pollution everyday and I want to stop this.”
Emmy Form 2
“I want to be in the eco council to help people learn without using trees.”
Emika Form 2
“I want to be an eco council that in make sure that animals don’t die out.”
Abir Form 1
“I would like to help people learn about our environment.”
“I like to share my ideas about the area we live in.”
“I want to keep our school tidy.”
Mrs Harun – Parent Representative
Mrs Harun listens to the minutes from each meeting in a Teams meeting with Roshan and takes our ideas to the Governing Body.
Eco Schools Awards
We have been working on our Eco-schools awards, gaining Bronze in March 2020 and Silver in November 2020 and are now working towards our green flag award. As well as forming the eco-committee above, there are several steps to becoming an eco-school: creating an environmental review, creating an action plan, having a code, making links to the curriculum, informing and involving the rest of the school community, monitoring and evaluating.
We complete our environmental review for both EYFS and the rest of the school in September each year to help us identify our actions for the year. We consider all the areas: Biodiversity, Energy, Global Citizenship, Healthy living, Litter, Marine, School Grounds, Transport, Waste and Water and how we can improve. Our review from this year can be found on the Eco-board in school.
We use the information from the environmental review to write an action plan. Last year our actions were to reduce landfill waste by recycling paper, improve sustainable travel by installing bike and scooter racks and develop road safety skills with bike-ability training for form 6. We are pleased to say that all these were achieved and this year we even had scooter training for the Form 1+2 pupils too.
On this year’s action plan the main actions are:
- To improve pupil safety with anti-idling signs.
- To have plants in beds and pots around school.
- To compost food waste.
- To ban single use plastic in school.
- To reduce litter in the playground.
We decide that our eco-code or slogan would be a little more creative this year but still reflect our actions so we wrote it in a poem…
We are the eco council –
Here’s what’s important to us:
Our school is anti-idling,
Please, try and take the bus.
We want to grow our own food,
For a healthy eating win,
And introduce composting –
Put peelings in the bin.
We are banning single use plastic;
So teachers, please use what you have found.
We’ll put our litter in the bin,
Instead of on the ground!
Links to the curriculum
We do lots of eco-friendly work throughout school curriculum. This video shows some of our learning from last year.
Informing and involving the school community
Each time we set a new action plan we inform the school community of our new ideas in an assembly.
Monitoring and Evaluating
This year, we needed to find out about single use plastic so we also spoke in assembly and set up a questionnaire for children to complete.