St John’s ECO group Meeting March 2018

ECO meeting Tuesday 6th March 2018


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.


St John’s ECO team meeting January 2018

ECO meeting Tuesday 16th January 2018


Apologies None

Mr Burgess welcome

Review – Litter Scotland sticker competition entries have been submitted and sent off.

This month’s theme is litter awareness. We have booked a workshop for next Tuesday 10.45 -12noon for ECO rep.

We have a new competition to enter this month. It is similar to last month’s in that it is about designing a sticker, this time for Animal Guardians programme for the Scottish SPCA.

The criteria is as follows:

At least one animal

The words Animal Guardian and Scottish SPCA are to be clearly visible

Only one entry per school

Deadline is in a few weeks, all children given a sheet, those interested should return it ASAP.

Winning entry will be chosen and sent on 1st February.


ECO members were reminded to continue to ‘Switch Off Fortnight’ in their classes, remind recyclers to put paper and cardboard in the correct recycling bins and remind children not to litter in the playground.

Our next gathering is next Tuesday at 10.45 in thfe ICT suite for the ECO team litter workshop.

ECO Group Meeting December 2017


Apologies Misha & Kerry at Sky Academy, Joe, Emilia and Sam absent.

Review of Switch off fortnight.

Reps completed the speech bubbles with a statement about the impact Switch off fortnight had. Lots of reps had positive things to say about Switch Off Fortnight, Skye noticed that children would get out of their chairs and switch lights off when they weren’t required. Also some reps noticed that at home families took more care to switch off lights, TV’s and consoles when they weren’t in use.

Reps were all given certificates after the Switch Off fortnight finished.

Mr Burgess introduced Litter sticker competition, which was a thank you for all the volunteers who helped to pick up litter and keep Scotland beautiful. Reps investigated why people needed to pick up litter and where they had seen brightly coloured volunteers working.

Children looked at the Keep Scotland Beautiful webpage and were given the success criteria for the badge. Children were given the chance to share ideas and then drew their own designs for the competition. Some finished, others will return their work to Mr Burgess this week. Mr Burgess will send off entries before Christmas.

The next meeting will take place after the Christmas holidays and children were reminded to keep the playground tidy.



St John’s students celebrate Switch Off Fortnight to save energy in school

St John’s RC Primary has partnered with EDF Energy’s education programme The Pod to celebrate Switch Off Fortnight this November. More than 1,700 schools across the UK are joining in the action.

Over the fortnight, students will save energy by monitoring usage in class and following a class pledge. ECO reps will run an energy audit and identify where energy is wasted. The fortnight is designed to get young people to think about the ways they use energy, as well as sparking an early interest in science and engineering.

As part of the campaign, St John’s received a free Switch Off Fortnight pack including posters, stickers, keyring and certificates. ECO reps will be our Switch off monitors and will play a key role in making sure classes follow their pledges to save valuable energy in the school.

Robyn Thorn, EDF Energy’s Education Programme Manager said

“Switch off Fortnight, now in its ninth year is always very popular with both teachers and students. We’re always proud and delighted with the extremely positive feedback we get from teachers who tell us that the campaign is fun for students, whilst sparking energy saving behaviour and making a real difference to their school’s energy bill.”

At schools can find lesson plans, games, and practical activities linked to the national curriculum as well as ‘take it home’ sheets so students can share what they have learnt about energy with their families.

For more information on EDF Energy’s The Pod, visit and click on the Campaigns section.