Eco Meeting 28.01.19

  • Register: Absent/apologies: None
  • Eco Code: Ms Mitchell showed the group the eco codes that have been handed in so far. A few people still have one to hand in so we will decide on one to be our main eco code next time.
  • Earth Hour 2019: The group discussed our promises for Earth Hour 2019, based around plastic pollution, wildlife, climate change or food system. There is a competition to design a poster to go in bus shelters before Earth Hour which closes at the end of the week. The reps all got a copy of the criteria, and anyone wishing to enter must hand their entry in as soon as possible.
  • Eco Initiatives for the School: We looked at a letter we received from a company called ‘Eco-Ties’ who make school ties out of recycled plastic. We are not sure how much the ties will cost but have decided we will contact the company and get a quote. Hannah and Gabriella also talked about an initiative encouraging schools to recycle batteries, which the school is going to get involved in.
  • Badges: The group asked about having Eco Group badges. Gabriella suggested they make their own, and the group voted to do that rather than have Ms Mitchell make them. We will do this during the next meeting.
  • Ideas from the reps: Some reps shared some ideas for fundraising and raising awareness. We thought about organising green nose day and having a dance off, we will have a think about these ideas and discuss during the next meeting.
  • Environmental Review: Ms Mitchell handed the reps in each class a section of the environmental review to complete before the next meeting. They will need to look around the school and might need to speak to staff and pupils to find out information. This will help us to write our action plan for the next couple of years.
  • Photographs were taken of the reps to go on the Eco board, which will be created downstairs opposite the GP room to display our work and eco code.

Next meeting will be on 19th February 2019.

St John’s Gardening Gang get stuck in!

We’ve been really busy this term planting hundreds of bulbs along the bank at the front of the school. In the Spring we hope to see lots of daffodils, snowdrops, crocus’, grape hyacinths and alliums brightening up the bank. We’ve also made some new signs for the planters in the playground using some of the slates which Douglas’ mum has given the school.

We asked a few of the children to describe what we’d been doing since the October break and this is what they said:

“ We have been planting bulbs with our friends and we have taken a picture of some of them. We’ve had loads of fun. In the spring the bulbs will grow and we will have blue and yellow flowers. Bees, butterflies and worms will be really happy!”
Amy, Anaya and Lucia from P2

We’ve had some help from some parents too – Emily (Maisie and Sandy’s Mum) and Heather (Murran’s Mum).

Great work everyone

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Eco-Schools Scotland Green Flag award achieved

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St John’s RC has once again been awarded a Green Flag Award by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful in recognition of our Eco-Schools journey. To earn the Green Flag we have been following the seven elements of the programme for the past two years to ensure that the whole school and wider community has been involved.

We have focused our work on litter, global citizenship and school grounds over the past two years. Pupils have also linked the Eco-schools Scotland action plan to UN Sustainable Development Goals which are linked to the three goals.

Scotland recently celebrated the 2000th school to achieve a Green flag award, so we are joining a growing number, not just in Scotland but across the world.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said “I would like to congratulate all the pupils and staff at St John’s RC Primary for achieving the Green Flag Award.”

“Eco-schools supports schools in their work with Learning for Sustainability and Curriculum for Excellence and helps ensure our children and young people are equipped with skills that they need for the future. I hope that everyone had fun while learning about our environement and why it is important for our health, our business and our wildlife.”

Find out more about Eco-Schools Scotland at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ecoschools

Eco Meeting – Wednesday 7th November

  • Register: Absent/apologies: Oceane, John, Daniel, Murray
  • Welcome – Mr Burgess welcomed the reps and explained that he has collected all the evidence from last year and sent it to Keep Scotland Beautiful to apply for a new Eco Flag. We expect that we will hear back from them soon and hopefully we will have a nice new flag to fly on our new flagpole next to the Astro pitch. Mr Burgess explained that he is going to focus on other things this year, and that Ms Mitchell will be helping to organise the eco committee. He thanked everyone for their work so far and told the reps that he is excited to see their work this year.
  • Aims of the Group – We looked at the Ten Topics that we can explore this year in our Eco meetings. Ms Mitchell introduced the Environmental Review – a document which will help us to choose what topic we will focus on this year. Reps will help Ms Mitchell to complete this over the coming weeks.
  • Ideas from the reps – Some reps shared some ideas that they already have for making the school more eco-friendly. Ellen highlighted that litter can be an issues, and Gabriella and Hannah suggested a litter picking group. This is something we will think about and discuss next meeting. Gabriella asked if reps could have badges so that everyone knows they are the reps, Ms Mitchell explained that she will have them ready for next meeting.
  • Work for next meeting – Ms Mitchell gave out some examples of Eco-Codes, reps can use these as inspiration to design their own. We will review them next meeting and decide on one to be displayed around the school.
  • Some reps needed to leave early, but photographs were taken of the remaining reps to go on the Eco board. Ms Mitchell will take photos of the other reps at a later date.

Next meeting will be in early December 2018

ECO meeting notes June 2018

ECO meeting Tuesday 12th June

REGISTER

Apologies –None

Mr Burgess welcomed all the ECO reps to the meeting and explained that the purpose of today’s gathering was to share our evidence of Global Goals that we have gathered over the course of the session.

P3 began by sharing their wonderful litter collecting book which included maths work and also supported SCIAF. Emilia and Murray explained what the children had enjoyed about their challenge and how they had made a difference to the life of the school. Mr Burgess thanked the Primary 3 pupils very much and asked the children to pass on his thanks to their teachers for all their hard work.

Primary 5 shared their Sewage recycling poster and talked about their visit from Mark Keast, manager at the Seafield Sewage works. Both Sam and Teemo spoke clearly as they explained the process of recycling our sewage and the benefits of using the gases to create electricity to run the plant. Mr Burgess thanked the P5 pupils for their input and again passed on his thanks to the Primary 5 teachers.

Primary 6 shared their letters to football companies with the group. These persuasive letters were composed in order to highlight the benefits of Fairtrade and tackle the Reduce Inequalities Global Goal. Hannah, Gabriela, Skye and Anna explained that they had had some responses from companies which weren’t very clear or easy to understand. Mr Burgess thanked the girls for sharing their work with the group.

Primary 7 shared their adverts and posters about renewable energy, Joe, Himmat, Kerry, Misha and Julia all shared their work and explained a little about how Geo thermal energy is a good way of producing renewable energy. The children in the group were able to name the other main renewable energy types including solar, wind, wave and hydro power. Mr Burgess thanked the pupils and their teachers for their work.

Mr Burgess explained that the evidence would be put together with other pieces of work to highlight the ECO teams efforts over the course of this year and last year. This would include pictures from the garden which is looking lovely this year. This would take the form of a Powerpoint which will be submitted to KeepScotlandBeautiful in the hope we would qualify for another Green Flag.

The children talked about the new school and the importance of ensuring no litter was dropped. Lots of ideas were shared about how to make sure children were responsible.

Mr Burgess thanked all the Eco reps for their hard work and closed the final meeting of the year.