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Through discussion in our Eco Meetings we have begun completing inspection sheets to ensure that litter, general waste and energy waste is kept to a minimum in our school. We have been assigned roles (Litter Police, Energy Enforcers and Waste Watchers) and have been given a description of each the roles. The roles are outlined below:

 

Litter Police Role:

  • Go out onto each playground and check how many pieces of litter is on each yard
  • Gather litter with litter pickers and bin
  • Same on the corridors
  • Complete inspection sheet

Waste Watchers Role:

  • Visit each class on the KS1 and KS2 corridor and complete inspection sheets for each class
  • Responsible for checking the waste bin – checking things haven’t been thrown away that can be recycled
  • Responsible for checking the recycle bin – checking things haven’t been placed in there that isn’t recyclable
  • Responsible for checking that taps have been turned off

Energy Enforcers Role:

  • Visit each class on the KS1 and KS2 corridor and complete inspection sheets for each class
  • Responsible for checking that lights in the class are switched off if there is nobody in the classroom
  • Responsible for checking stock cupboard lights are off if there is nobody in there
  • Responsible for checking the projector, class computer and laptops are on stand-by or off if nobody is using it

Birmingham Tree for Life Project

On Thursday 24th November 8 members of our ECO team had the opportunity to help plant 3 types of very different trees (Sorbus Torminalis, Corylus colurna, Cornus mas) in Selly Park Recreation Ground with members of the ‘Birmingham Tree for Life Project’.

 

Our Eco team enjoyed working together to plant 10 trees and asked lots of thoughtful questions about the trees they were planting.  The children have named each of the trees and are looking forward to watching the trees grow to maturity.

 

 

Below is a link to photographs of the event:

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM32O8zzTl1ls3GfIquRxis7dXJ_493D-3512KGgQ6mxrtaFfzGavHnVGE2UPLAIg?key=Zmw3V2ltVUJJTzRvNEhlaFdXMUE4RElJTTJ5ZHZR

22.11.16

Hello and welcome to our first Eco blog of this academic year!

 

This year our Eco team are recycling batteries to help the environment. We have a battery box located by the school office reception area. Each battery placed in the recycling box will be taken apart and many of the materials will be used to make new batteries or something else.

 

Now to tell you how bad it is for the environment to put batteries in your litter bin:

Firstly if you bin batteries the toxic poisonous chemicals could leak out and damage the environment. It is not only poisonous to human but animals and plants too. As a majority we don’t think about recycling batteries as often as we should.

We can’t throw batteries in the normal bin because they will be put in a landfill and all of the hazardous waste (acid) could leak out. This would damage the soil and could cause water pollution.

Please remember to bring useless batteries to our school. If you forget to bring them in you could also recycle them at most local supermarkets.

See you next time, Eco Warriors over and out.

14.07.2016

 

On Thursday 30th June, we had a bit of an Eco focus day whereby Eco Warriors worked incredibly hard to create the Eco Mural that was designed by Olivia in 6C for the design competition during Eco week. They worked in teams along with a few year 6 children and Mrs Goddard to wash and dry the bottle tops, sort them into groups of similar colours, roughly draw the design onto the wooden panel, place the bottle tops onto the wood and glue them into place. All Eco Warriors took part in some way to complete the Eco Mural which depicts our world sitting inside a large bin. The idea behind this design is that we should do as much for our world as we can by recycling and treating it with respect. We should not treat it like rubbish, filling it with rubbish, discarding it like rubbish. We must make the effort to keep it clean and tidy and we should not throw our beautiful, magnificent world away.

 

Later in the afternoon, an Eco meeting was held where Warriors discussed some very important issues about the school. Our Eco Action plan was examined and we considered how much we have achieved this year. We decided that, bearing in mind our school was not an Eco school at the beginning of year, we have accomplished such a lot!

 

This year we have:

* Created an Eco team.

* Completed an environmental review of the school.

* Had regular meetings to discuss school issues.

* Created an action plan for Eco and reviewed it.

* Raised awareness of Eco throughout the school.

* Arranged and carried out a special week for everyone to participate in which focused on Eco issues, in particular Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

* Taken part in Eco competitions for poetry, design and homemade crafts.

* Invented a school Eco rap and performed it all together.

* Collected thousands of bottle tops in an amazing school effort.

* Completed curriculum work in some classes to do with the environment or Eco issues.

* Led a litter picking initiative to tidy up our school grounds.

* Questioned our use of electric in the school and tried to reduce the amount we use by turning off visualisers, computers, fans and lights at playtimes and lunch times when rooms are empty.

* Encouraged paper and card recycling in our classrooms.

* Built a blog page for our school website.

* Made an Eco Display board in the hall.

* Produced an Eco Mural.

* Working towards our Bronze Eco award.

Wow! What an achievement! Go Eco! Thanks for an incredible year and well done for all of your efforts.

 

For the summer

Please start to collect old batteries. They should not be disposed of in the litter bin so we will be collecting them in school from September and will dispose of them appropriately.

Please make sure you recycle plastic, paper and card. Remember a plastic bottle can take on average 450 years to completely decompose if left in a rubbish tip to rot. Some plastics take more than 1000 years to break down.

If you have old clothes, please make sure they are either passed onto other people in need, for example to friends, clothes banks or charity shops.

 

Have a great summer!

 

 

 

Our Eco Mural

Our Eco Mural  1
Our Eco Mural  2

Our School Eco Rap

Picture 1 Design competition winner
Picture 2 Poetry competition winner

22.03.16

 

Hey fellow Eco Warriors!

Firstly, waste week was a huge success! Everybody was very impressed with your class eco rap performances and Key Stage 2, especially year 5, made a huge effort in entering the design and poetry competitions. Maybe we will have more entries from key stage 1 next time! Watch this space!

 

Competitions

Well done to the winners of the competitions who were announced in praise assembly on Friday. They are:

Poetry: Helena 5W

Homemade craft: Maddison 5W

Design: Olivia 6C

The entries were really strong but these were particularly impressive. They will be displayed on our Eco board. Olivia’s design will be made into a mural using the bottle tops that you have been so eagerly collecting! Please remember to see the winners of the Eco week competitions to congratulate them.

 

Bottle tops

Please continue to collect bottle tops and bring them until just after Easter when we will see how many we have and whether there is a need to collect more.

 

Eco Challenge

Our Eco Warrior Princess, Mrs Goddard, has also requested that you look for recycling symbols on packaging, cut them out carefully and bring them in. There is a small box in the main school entrance to put them into. How many different symbols can you find?

 

Eco Plants

Calling all classes! Please remember to water your Eco plants. They are dwarf dahlias and should be starting to shoot up now. Keep an eye on them to make sure they have enough water and one person from each class needs to take responsibility for them over Easter at home. 

 

Have an eco-friendly Easter. Remember to recycle those Easter Egg boxes. All the best from the Eco Warriors and Eco Warrior Princess.

 

 

 

8.3.16

 

Welcome to our second Eco blog. This week is incredibly special because it is the first week that St. Edward’s School has celebrated going green! It is our very first Eco week! 

 

There are lots of things that you can do to support Eco week. We need some logo ideas that can be used to represent our Eco team, enter the poetry, design or home- made craft competitions and read the facts about Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment that are on walls around the school.

 

We will be deploying lots of litter pickers around the school so if you see them, tell them to keep up the good work!

 

See you next time, Eco Warriors over and out.

 

10.2.16

 

Hello and welcome to our first Eco Warrior blog!

 

What is Eco I hear you say?

Well, to be Eco you need to be friendly to the environment and to nature. Our Eco team is trying to make our school and school grounds more environmentally friendly. We will update you shortly as to what our focus areas will be. As a team, we want to make our school a happier and healthier place.

 

The Eco Warriors including Eco Warrior Princess Mrs Goddard met together for the first time on 10th February in the ICT Suite. During the meeting, we learnt about our roles as St. Edward’s Eco Team and got stuck into our first task which was to carry out an Environmental survey of the school grounds. Clipboards and survey sheets in hand, we discussed the merits of our school but also the inadequacies, purely of course so that we can look at improving our school further!

 

The survey was split into 9 main areas including energy, litter, waste reduction, water, transport, healthy living, biodiversity, school grounds and global citizenship and we will be looking at the results to see if there are any things that we need to do to make our school more environmentally friendly.

 

Our sub team then met later that day to discuss their responsibilities. We decided that Eco team members must do the following three things daily:

  1. Remind teachers to turn off electronic things such as projectors and visualisers at lunch time and at the end of the day in order to save energy.
  2. Turn the lights off and close the door each time everyone has left the classroom to save energy and keep the heat in.
  3. Check the green recycling box for correct use (paper used on both sides) and carefully stamp on the paper to make more room.

 

But even if you are not in the Eco team, don’t feel left out as you can definitely help! As you walk around the school, if you see litter on the floor, pick it up! Or if there are outside doors open and nobody using them, close them! Instead of throwing paper in the bin, use both sides of it and then throw it in the recycling bin. Be eco!

 

Until next time, Eco warriors, over and out.

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