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Summer Term 20/21 - Eco Council Update

This half term we have been working on a number of different projects in school. 
Plastics Project
This has been our main project focus this half term. Firstly, Lisa set us a task on our DB Primary page to look at the ‘surfers against sewers’ website and the nine ways to reduce plastics in school. From this, we had to make a suggestion on how we could reduce plastic in our school. When we found out ways to reduce the plastic in the school, as a team we decided that we wanted to run a project to reduce the use of single use water bottles in school and purchase water bottles to sell. So, we decided to put out a survey to the whole school and find out how many people use a single use plastic bottle and don't use a reusable plastic bottle. We found that 48 children in total across the school don’t have reusable bottles from a survey of 486, which is only 10% of the school who answered our survey. As a result, we decide not to ask for funding for this and to not purchase the reusable plastic bottles. Instead, we have decided to create a new project (see next steps).

Meal Barrow Competition 
Another thing we have done is the meal barrow competition. This was a whole school competition that we set as a home school challenge to create a 3-course meal and it had to have some of the following vegetables like coriander, lettuce, tomatoes, bean, chives and spring onions. It had to have nutritional value and look attractive. We judged the winning menu on this criterion.

Battery Recycling
We have begun to recycle batteries as a school. Each child has been given a battery-recycling box to take home and fill up with ‘dead’ batteries. They then bring the box into school and empty in into our battery recycling buckets which are located in each phase. When these are full our Eco lead (Lisa) contact the company and they come and collect the ‘dead’ batteries, giving back the buckets and the cycle starts again. This has been a really well received project and we have already had a battery collection already.

Next Steps/Ideas Moving Forwards
We have recently emailed Bav about trying to reduce the amount of plastics in our school. We have asked him if we cannot have the plastic covered milk cartons and straws and alternatively have thermos jugs and cups. We are awaiting his response.
We would also like to run a competition to design signs for the refuse and recycling bins in classrooms to remind pupils of what goes in each.
Also, we would like to write to the providers of the school dinner food to ask for them to reduce the amount of plastics they use in our deliveries.
Ban single use plastic bottles in school.

Autumn Term 21/22 - Eco Council Update

COP26 - attended an Eco Roadshow/COP26 at Soar Valley College. We took part in a variety of workshops such as; food, farming and transport, solar power electric circuits.

Save energy stickers – Whilst at COP26 which noticed the school had ‘energy stickers’ on all the things to be turned off when you leave the room. As a group, we decided this would be easy to do in our school. We did a bit of research on stickers and decided on a ‘save energy sticker’ from amazon. To know how many we needed, we audited every room at school (including your office Nik), to find out how many stickers to order. We have already placed stickers in all classrooms and offices upstairs and will hopefully complete downstairs by the end of this term.

Assembly - created an assembly for teachers to share with classes, next half term. The assembly includes our Green Flag action plan for this year, plea for recruiting energy monitors in each room, a copy of our ‘plastic free schools’ poster and many other initiatives we are working on.

Crisp/Snack packaging bin – Lisa attended an Eco schools event and told us about the idea of recycling crisp packets and biscuit wrappers from school packed lunches. We contacted COG youth services and we have used some of our budget to purchase one of their bins. We have stuck posters on this to show what can be recycled and this will be placed in one of the school dinner halls  after half term. It is a free scheme and all we have to do is email to get it emptied when it is full. We are hoping to purchase a second bin (as we have 2 halls), when they have more in stock. The charity can send the packets of to be recycled.

Energy use audits - carried out another energy audit, this time just upstairs, as this is where the stickers are currently. The results are good – from the 8 classrooms we audited 3/6 had no devices on and only 2/8 had 2 or more on (previously we audited 10 classrooms and only 1 had nothing on and 6/10 had 2 or more on), so the impact on the stickers is having an effect.

Spring Term 21/22 - Eco Council Update

Since our last report, we have…
COP26 - attended an Eco Roadshow/COP26 at Soar Valley College. We took part in a variety of workshops such as; food, farming and transport and solar power electric circuits.
Save energy stickers – Whilst at COP26 which noticed the school had ‘energy stickers’ on all the things to be turned off when you leave the room. As a group, we decided this would be easy to do in our school. We did a bit of research on stickers and decided on a ‘save energy sticker’ from Amazon. To know how many we needed, we audited every room at school (including your office Nik), to find out how many stickers to order. We have already placed stickers in all classrooms and offices upstairs and will hopefully complete downstairs by the end of this term.
Assembly - created an assembly for teachers to share with classes, next half term. The assembly includes our Green Flag action plan for this year, plea for recruiting energy monitors in each room, a copy of our ‘plastic free schools’ poster and many other initiatives we are working on.
Crisp/Snack packaging bin – Lisa attended an Eco schools event and told us about the idea of recycling crisp packets and biscuit wrappers from school packed lunches. We contacted COG youth services and we have used some of our budget to purchase one of their bins. We have stuck posters on this to show what can be recycled and this will be placed in one of the school dinner halls after half term. It is a free scheme and all we have to do is email to get it emptied when it is full. We are hoping to purchase a second bin (as we have 2 halls), when they have more in stock. The charity can send the packets of to be recycled.
Energy use audits - carried out another energy audit, this time just upstairs, as this is where the stickers are currently. The results are good – from the 8 classrooms we audited 3/6 had no devices on and only 2/8 had 2 or more on (previously we audited 10 classrooms and only 1 had nothing on and 6/10 had 2 or more on), so the stickers are certainly having a positive impact.

Projects

Energy

We have been working really hard to help to reduce the amount of energy we use in schools. Each class has now recruited an energy monitor for their classrooms to take responsibility for turning off equipment when not in use, and when the room is not occupied. In addition, each room/office within the school has these stickers placed on all equipment that needs to be turned off.

In a bid to reduce our use of energy even more, we are in the process of producing ‘reminder’ posters for each classroom to be displayed at the exit of the room, as a further reminder to turn off electronics when leaving the room, and being left unoccupied.

Waste & Litter

We have recently installed a special ‘packet’ recycling bin in our school hall, so that pupils who have packed lunches can put their packaging in there to be recycled – even the packets that say ‘do not recycle’.

 

We have a litter pick planned before the Easter holidays – watch this space to see how we got on…

Plastic Free Poster

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