ECO group meeting May 2018

ECO meeting Tuesday 22nd May

REGISTER

No Apologies

Mr Burgess welcomed all the reps to the meeting. Mr Burgess explained that although we have entered several competitions this year, we have had no responses from those entries.

Mr Burgess asked what the Global goals were. We recapped several of these including No poverty, zero hunger, quality education and reduced inequalities.

Mr Burgess asked the reps how we look after our bodies and be active. The children confidently explained that we have active schools after school clubs, 2.5 hours of PE each week, balanced diets in school dinners and Health week each year.

Mr Burgess explained that some children don’t have a quality education due to lack of food. Mary’s Meals help over 1 million children each day have a hot meal at school which means they are able to go to school and learn.

Mr Burgess explained that at the beginning of the school year each year stage were asked to study a global goal and produce evidence to support our ECO Green Flag reaccreditation. In two weeks, pupils will be asked to share their learning with their peers in the ECO group either by creating a poster, presenting a short talk or bringing along some evidence of their learning.

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Our main concern raised today by the children was the amount of litter that has gathered, mainly on the astro pitch over the past few weeks. Sam thought when the gate was open litter could be blown onto the astro and then gather in the goals. Mr Burgess was concerned that children were dropping litter as they played on the astro. Samuel thought we should have three strikes and you’re out, with people losing points if they dropped litter three times. Other reps thought we should reward people for putting litter in the bin with house points.

Mr Burgess closed the meeting after 11.55am and our next meeting will be in two weeks.

Celebrating 92 years of St John’s, Hamilton Terrace

St John’s RC Primary is celebrating the closure of the building this year
We would like to hear from colleagues, families and pupils – past and present – who have photos and memorabilia of their time at the school that they can share with us as we take a trip down memory lane.
Any items loaned to the school for display should be sent or handed into the School Office and have a name and contact number or address attached to them to ensure their safe return.
On Friday 1st June the school will be open to visitors to enjoy a walk around the school and take a trip back in time to recall their own school days.
Our School Summer Fair will take also place on Saturday 2nd June from 10-1pm , with a theme of “Old and New”
We hope to see you there.

Bringing nature indoors competition

St John’s ECO reps were challenged to think of an imaginative way to bring nature indoors as part of an IKEA competition this month. We will be submitting our ideas to IKEA before the Easter holidays but one entry we have already is from Aoife in P3. She has designed a reading room which encourages people to relax and read surrounded by grass, plants and trees and we think it looks amazing! Well done Aoife!

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P6 Grow a Pound for SCIAF

Primary 6 pupils have been selling their produce in the playground as part of their fundraising exercise of Lent. All the proceeds from their sales are going to SCIAF and it has been great to see so many children selling cakes, biscuits, sweets, origami ninja stars and other handmade crafts this past week.

In addition to this great effort children have also been bringing in Fairtrade items for the hamper which will be raffled off before Easter. The hamper is so full we’ve created a second smaller hamper prize and a third prize with tea, coffee and small chocolate. Tickets cost £1 each and Primary 6 pupils will be selling tickets at their Fairtrade assembly this Friday in the hall as well as outside in the playground from 3pm next week.

Thank you to all the parents, carers and families who have supported Primary 6 in their fundraising efforts, we very much appreciate your support and encouragement as we Grow a Pound for SCIAF.

 

St John’s ECO group Meeting March 2018

ECO meeting Tuesday 6th March 2018

REGISTER

No Apologies

Mr Burgess welcomed all the reps to the meeting. Following on from the snow and rain Mr Burgess asked the reps how the weather conditions affect us. We discussed flooding and the amount of building on green sites. Mr Burgess introduced the idea of bringing nature indoors and showed a short powerpoint presentation about IKEA’s competition to design an indoor nature space.

Mr Burgess asked how can we make a green space in our new school?

Do we use recycled materials to hold plants or as a new school do we design another way to bring nature inside?

Children were told the options of making a model, drawing a picture, photograph or painting their idea. It’s the idea which wins, not picture.

Children saw some pictures of innovative use of green space indoors as inspiration. It was agreed that each child would draw an original design of their own choosing for next Tuesday and meet at 9.30am in the ICT suite to briefly share these ideas and decide on a winning design. All children would then draw their own version of the design and we would submit these to the competition.

We have also signed up to recycle pen and ink materials as part of the BIC writing instruments recycling programme. We have applied to become a BIC community champion location which means people could drop off their recyclable stationery into school but are yet to hear if we have been accepted. We will in the meantime, we will design our own recycle box, decorate it and ECO reps will encourage pupils and staff to recycle pen materials.

Mr Burgess closed the meeting after 10am and our next meeting will be in the ICT suite Tuesday 13th March at 9.30 for only 15 minutes to choose our favourite design.

If any children in classes are desperate to submit their own ideas they can do so before Tuesday’s meeting and we will consider all entries.

https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-GB/brigades/the-writing-instruments-brigade-r

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