St John’s pupils help tackle climate change

We were very excited to part of the Woodland Trust ‘Plant a Tree’ programme yesterday in St John’s. Vicky, Helena, Emilia, Amelia, Filip and Micheal helped Tana, who does fabulous work planting and inspiring a love of gardening with our children, to plant Hazel, Oak and Hawthorn trees for future generations. Children were photographed, filmed and interviewed as part of the project and they will have the chance to visit the Scottish Parliament to see the finished product on the 17th December.

The Woodland Trust is asking people to plant a million trees in a bid to tackle climate change. It is vital that we grow a UK wide patchwork of trees, not just by planting, but also through natural regeneration.

Our children represented us very well, as always and we are delighted to play a small part in this vital conservation work in partnership with the Woodland Trust.

Twende Pamoja -Let’s Walk Together

Today a group of Primary 5 and 6 pupils went to Royal High Primary to take part in the launch of this year’s Twende Pamoja project. Twende Pamoja is a group to develop links and partnership with schools in Tanzania.

St John’s was one of 11 schools represented and the children were there to discuss problems facing the environment, what we are doing in our homes and schools and what more we might do. There were two representatives from Tanzania to give their perspective. We were all a bit shocked (and impressed) to learn that Tanzania has made plastic bags illegal!

Our St John’s pupils represented us brilliantly, working with pupils from other schools, contributing ideas and speaking to the larger group.

If ever you want to be hopeful for the future ask a group of young people for their ideas to address environmental issues.

Planting Seeds in Primary 1

Primary 1 have been collecting old plastic drinks bottles. We are now recycling them and making them into little greenhouses! We started putting the soil and water in today and soon we will be ready to choose what seeds we want to plant.

We know that our seeds need soil, water and light to grow – following on from our S.W.A.F. learning at the Botanic Gardens last week. We are planning to look after our seeds really well! DSC_0591.JPG

March Eco Meeting – 19.03.19

• Register: Absent/apologies: None

• Red Nose Day: The group evaluated the nose painting that we did for Comic Relief on Friday. We agreed that it had been really popular and we were really proud to have raised over £55, so well done to all involved! The group also agreed that we should do it again next year, but will think a bit more carefully about how we manage the lines for it.

• Eco Noticeboard: We now have our eco board up and running, and hopefully all teachers are displaying the eco code in their classrooms. We discussed ways in which we share eco news with the rest of the school, and reps need to chat to their teachers and come up with a way of communicating with their class. Amelia and Filip suggested using the whiteboards in the classroom to write news on. Some reps suggested having small boards in other places around the school, with basic information on. Oceane and Oona suggested having pictures of the reps and their names, and Mackena added that we could have a brief description of what the group does. Gabriela also suggested adding information about the group to the main eco board.

• Earth Hour 2019: We are keen to get involved in the WWF’s Earth Hour on Saturday 30th March, following Oona’s amazing poster success (look out for it on Lothian buses throughout March!). We had several suggestions from our reps but have decided to have a competition that will be open to anyone in the school, keep your eyes peeled for more information coming soon! John suggested that we keep everyone up to date with Earth Hour and what we are doing for it by taking photos for the school website and Twitter.

• Badges: The group were all given badge templates and discussed what should be on their badges.

• For next meeting: Eco reps should have made their badges and will be wearing them to show everyone that they are the reps. If any rep has anything they would like to add to the noticeboard about what the eco group is or why it is important, they can give it to Ms Mitchell or bring it to the next meeting.