Earth Hour Poster Competition

A massive congratulations to Oona from P4b, who was one of only four winners (out of over 300!) of WWF Scotland’s Earth Hour competition. Her winning design shows the impact of plastic pollution on our planet’s wildlife, and is such an eye-catching design with a clear message. She attended the photoshoot last Friday and got to meet the WWF’s panda mascot. Look out for her poster appearing on bus stops and on-board Lothian buses throughout March, and hopefully you will all join in with Earth Hour on the 30th March.

A massive congratulations again to Oona, you’ve done yourself and St John’s proud!!

Eco Meeting 19.02.19

Eco Meeting

Tuesday 19th February 2019

  • Register: Absent/apologies: Ishaa, Ellen
  • Eco Code: The group reviewed the eco codes that various members of the group had created. We agreed that they were all fantastic but after a close vote it was decided that Oona from P4’s poster was the one we wanted to have as our code. Ms Mitchell is going to copy and laminate it so that it can be displayed around the school.
  • Environmental Review: We looked at the environmental review that the reps had completed. We were really proud of the school’s scores for healthy living and global citizenship, but think we need to work more on litter, waste and the school grounds. These will be our focuses for the next couple of years.
  • Big Battery Hunt: We have now received a battery collection bin, which will be kept in reception. We have also handed out mini boxes for every family in the school to take home and fill up with batteries. This will save them all going into landfill and damaging the environment, so please bring in all used batteries! Thank you to Gabriela and Hannah for suggesting we get involved. Find more information here.
  • 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.
  • Action Plan: We need to create an action plan based on the topics we’re focusing on this year. We will display this on our new eco board – can all reps try to think of a creative way we could display our plans?

 

Next meeting will be on 19th March 2019.

Introducing the Big Battery Hunt

Hello, our names are Hannah and Gabriela, and we are the Primary 7A Eco reps. We are taking part in something called the Duracell Big Battery Hunt and the whole school is involved.

Basically, the idea is to help recycle more batteries so they don’t end up in landfill. This is a real problem because the battery fluid can pollute the earth and affect animals and plants. Every class has received little boxes to go home., one per family, to collect old and used batteries. When the box is full, bring it into school and put the batteries into the box in reception.

Another good thing about this is that once we fill up our big battery box we are entered into a prize draw with all the other schools doing the hunt and we could win some awesome prizes including:

A 2 night trip to the Sustainability centre,

A 3 year subscription to MyMaths worth £1000

£2000 of classroom equipment

iPads

And lots of trophies and certificates.

It would be great if you could get involved and bring in some used batteries to go in the battery box and help fill it up so that we can help the planet, (and win some cool prizes) so bring in your batteries today to help!

Thank you!

Gabriela and Hannah P7A

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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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