Welcome to our Eco-Council page
The Eco Council meet on a regular basis to discuss how they would like to change and improve our school in order to make it more eco-friendly. It is run by Mrs Southworth, who teaches in Year 5. This year's team are Oscar and Flo from year 3, Bethan and Clara from year 4, Bea and Arthur from year 5, and finally Jess and Amy from year 6. Mr Dolce is our Eco-council governor, who is also a parent of 2 children at our school. Keen an eye on our page to see what we have been up to!
Stamford Park's Eco-Action Plan
As part of our work towards the Green Flag Award, we have created an action plan to help us focus on many of key areas which we can improve at our school. There are 9 key areas to the Eco-Schools work which are: Energy, water, biodiversity, school grounds, healthy living, transport, litter, waste and global citizenship. I have uploaded our action plan for you to see both how much we have already done, as well as our longer term plans. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any ways to help or have any additional suggestions.
Thursday 18th May
As part of our 'Art Week', the school has incorporated an RRR theme and this afternoon the children in the different groups have been using recycled materials to create their art. We have Pokemon, animals, rockets, a recycled supermarket, under the sea and colourful wellies (which you may find blooming in our school grounds soon!).
Wednesday 17th May 2017
Thanks to the PTA, I have been off to the garden centre this morning and bought a range of flowers / plants for our school grounds. This morning (after I got back with my colourful collection) the Eco-Council set to work on beginning to plant them up in some of the planters and in the Centenary Garden. We will carry on tomorrow with the rest of them. Hopefully you will notice how lovely they look!
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Calling all children, I am looking for you all to create a poster which can be our school Eco-code! This will be displayed in every classroom, on the Eco-display board, as well as being on the website. It needs to have our school name, ways we can be eco-friendly and be colourful! You can do it by yourself or on your own - remember to put your names and class on. Please give them to me by next Friday, 28th May. I look forward to seeing them!
Tuesday 9th May 2017
This week, Eco-council will be working on one of their initial ideas which was about planting more flowers around the school and having a class plant. Today the children weeded one of our planters and planted a range of wild flower seeds. Hopefully these will begin to grow in the next few months. Tomorrow the group will be planting sunflower seeds for each class, which will then become a competition - who will grow the tallest sunflower? The children will be working towards planting seeds in all of the blue planters, which should flower in the summer.
Friday 31st March 2017
This year's 'Egg Mobile' competition was based around our Eco theme of 'RRR - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle'. The Eco-Council picked the winners from each year group and here they are with their super designs! Well done guys!
Here are a couple of images of our fantastic designs. The Eco-Council and I were very impressed with the effort and thought that has gone into these designs.
Monday 20th March 2017
This Saturday is 'Earth Hour' (8.30pm to 9.30pm). This is an international attempt at trying to help reduce the global impact we have on climate change. For this same one hour all over the globe, places, people and businesses will be turning off their lights for just one hour. As we are not at school on Saturday, we will be supporting this on Friday by turning off as many lights as we can in our school from 12-1pm. It is important that we raise the issue of climate change and highlight ways we can help protect our planet for future generations to come. Our assembly discussed the possible issues climate change can have on our world: melting sea ice is affecting polar bears; flooding and droughts are having a huge impact in farming and crops; habitats being affected by changes in both sea temperature and salt levels.
We hope that for this one hour some of you join in! If you do it would be great for me to see some of your pictures, some may even get out on here!
Update - From 12-1pm on 25th March, we supported Earth hour and most of the lights in school were turned off for this hour! Thank you to the staff and children who supported this and allowed us to help do our bit. During assembly on Monday 27th, so many of our children said they joined in with the official Earth Hour on Saturday 26th, which is great to hear!
Friday 17th March 2017
This year we are looking at how our school is 'Eco-friendly' and what we do to support aspects of the 9 key areas. As part of the 'waste' and 'litter' points, we have decided to make the theme of Mrs Column's "Egg Mobile" Competition "RRR" (reuse, reduce and recycle). Eco-council will be judging the different designs and giving out a special prize for the person / team who has the most inventive way of using recycled materials within their design. Good luck!
Monday 30th January 2017
With 'Waste Week' approaching, our Eco Council children will be monitoring the level of waste children at our school throw away each day. We will look at our results and see if there is a pattern, which we can hopefully look at with the kitchen and during the official week.
Monday 16th January 2017
Happy New Year from our Eco-Council team! This term our team are thinking of ways we can make our school more eco-friendly; through lessons, recycling, biodiversity and waste. The children have been tasked with thinking of ways they, as well as the rest of the school, can make improvements. Keep an eye on our page to see how we are getting on this term. If any of you have additional ideas, make sure you find one of our Eco-Council members and pass them on. They can then bring them to our next meeting.
Not only have our children been looking at ways to help our environment, our assemblies this week have been focussing on ways recycling can help, in addition to the different types of renewable and non-renewable forms of energy.
Did you know that just 25 water bottles can be recycled and turned into a fleece jumper?! Many of the children enjoyed this fact: recycling just one glass bottle or jar can produce the equivalent amount of power for a Nintendo Wii for 5 hours!