ECO rep meeting February 2017


ECO meeting Monday 20th February

REGISTER Apologies – Dawid, Sean, Rian, Tamara

Mr Burgess welcomed the ECO group back from holidays and introduced February as Litter Awareness Month.

Mr Burgess explained that litter can have effects much more devastating than we think.

The group were asked what issues litter might cause.  We had lots of great ideas, Harry said that plastic bags strangle animals. Annie explained that turtles confuse plastic bags for jellyfish.

Mr Burgess explained this month we want to remind pupils not to drop litter in the playground and to make good choices with their recycling. Carrie said that overflowing bins don’t help and they need to be emptied more regularly. Annie felt that milk taken outside created litter. Alex saw people squirt bottles of juice before dropping it and running away. Emaan saw a friend dropping grapes because she didn’t want to eat them. Teemo felt that no water bottles should be allowed outside. Carrie felt that sometimes people waste food by jumping on it to get attention from their friends.

Also Mr Burgess explained that we have got more tyres which we hope to paint and plant in. we also hope to plant using recycled bottle containers.

Issues in school –

Harry hopes to make a bug hotel for our new school playground.

Carrie feels there need to be more bins for cigarette butts and chewing gum in Portobello with lots of rubbish being dumped.

Harry felt more bins more evenly distributed around the playground would encourage people to bin their rubbish particularly on the football pitch.

Next meeting March 2016

As ECO reps we have been asked to feed back about our meeting today so you all know what is happening in our school.

This month is Litter Awareness month. Litter can make our community look untidy. It can also harm wildlife on land and in the sea. Plastic bags that we drop or that the wind blows away can land far away in the water or be carried into trees.

 We would like to ask all children to put their litter in the bin and not drop it for others to pick up. Make a difference, be a good example.

 We also want to plant using recycled materials. We need large plastic bottles that have been cleaned to help us plant. We also would like to paint some recycled tyres and plant things to brighten up our school environment.

 If you have any ideas for our ECO group please let your class reps know. Thank you

ECO meeting January 2017


ECO meeting Wednesday 16th January

REGISTER Apologies – Kirsten, Lewis, Anna and Annie

Mr Burgess welcomed the ECO group back from holidays and introduced January as Water Awareness Month.

Mr Burgess explained that throughout the world people face different issues with water.

The group were asked what issues people might face. The children thought some countries had too little water whilst others had too much causing flooding. Having clean water was a big problem in some countries too. Kacper explained there was a straw developed to filter water so it could be drunk safely from puddles.

Mr Burgess explained he had sent round an email to teachers which included ideas to help us understand the challenges people face around the World.

Issues in school –

Milk is being taken out from the dinner hall and then stood on outside to create a mess. Mr Burgess explained no milk cartons should be leaving the dinner hall.

Litter seems to be under control at the moment since the high school moved although we need to restart our litter rota.

There is excess food waste in the dinner hall during lunchtime and we need to investigate ways to recycle packaging in the dinner hall too.

Most classes are recycling but there are concerns that some children tip the recycled materials into the wrong bins. ECO reps will produce posters and these will go on the recycling bins outside. Also ECO reps should be involved in recycling in class to ensure it is carried out properly.

Gardening – Some children are standing on the planters outside and it was felt that if there were plants, herbs or food planted it would encourage people to respect the growing areas. Also it was felt that we could use recycled materials such as tyres or palettes to plant and brighten up our garden.

The children felt it was important that P7’s were seen to be a good example to the P1’s as they are the enxt generation of students in St John’s.

Carrie felt that we could repaint the game lines on the ground in the playground to brighten up the outside space.

Next meeting February 2016

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St John’s ECO Group meeting

20161116_101408ECO Rep meeting Wednesday 16th November

Welcome – Apologies – Sean P4

Green Flag

We began by recapping all the work we did to win our Green Flag. Mr Burgess explained that this was now the start of a new journey for St John’s.

World Problems

We all wrote down what we felt was the biggest problem facing our planet. Lots of us chose pollution, either on land or sea.

We felt that pollution in the sea was killing wildlife and pollution on land was creating climate change.

We also mentioned wars, we felt that people around the world are being hurt by these wars.

Some of us felt litter was a big issue for our planet too.

Global Goals

Mr Burgess explained that lots of countries are concerned about the same things as us and they all agreed to try to make the planet better for everyone. 195 countries signed up to an agreement to stop poverty and hunger, make sure everyone had clean water and good education by 2030. We are to be part of this work too. Mr Burgess briefly told us about the 17 goals and explained what some of them meant. Over the next few months we will work in class to learn about one of these goals and share that learning with each other during our ECO celebration day in June.

Goals 7 & 11

November is Energy month and we are asked to take part in the ‘Big Switch off’. Mr Burgess asked us to make sure that we turned lights and smartboards off in class when we weren’t using them and to turn off the TV at home if we weren’t watching it.

ECO Flag Photo

Finally we all went and had our picture taken with the ECO flag before it replaces the old one next week.

Next meeting scheduled for Monday 8th December