The Brilliant Beginnings Eco Committee was set up to ensure our school worked towards a sustainable future for our world. We are now a four green flag Eco School and are continuing to work hard to improve our environment. Read all about the different eco activities happening at Port Ellen Primary School in the blog posts on the Port Ellen Eco News Page Linked to this one.
OUR ECO CODE
We walk to school when ever we can to save the environment because it doesn’t use energy from fossil fuels found in cars. We record how we get to school each day on the Living Streets Travel Tracker and get badges if we do well. We also cycle to school when we can. Walking and cycling also exercise your body.
TURN OFF THE LIGHT WHEN IT IS BRIGHT
We know that leaving lights on and computers running wastes energy so we have eco-monitors in each class who go around switching things off and reminding others to do the same. We have made posters and put these up round the school to help everyone to remember. We hope to calculate our school’s global footprint. We have made model renewable electricity generators for the Junior Saltire Awards.
EAT FRUIT EVERY DAY
Every class in school has a healthy tuck chart. We all know that it is good to eat fresh fruit and veg – 5 a day if possible. P1-3 get free fruit and sometimes try out new things. We also have healthy tuck shops and like to taste smoothies, scones, soups and healthy muffins. Mmmmm
WATER- SAVE IT DON’T WASTE IT
At Port Ellen we have barrels filled with water outside to water the plants. We also have a water charter in school and everyone is encouraged to bring in water bottles and fill them from our water cooler to keep everyone healthy and learning well. When washing our hands we are encouraged to put plugs in the sinks and turn of taps promptly. We also have hippos in the toilet cisterns so we use less water when we flush. We learn about the water cycle, climate change and natural disasters, and have built models that produce electricity from water power
We have adopted a our local beach in Port Ellen and every year we have agreed to clean the beach 3 times. The whole school takes part and we take a picture before and after. We also clean around the village and at the playing fields to help keep our community litter free. The nursery children collect litter in the school grounds. REJIG help us in all our village cleans and we weigh and survey the waste we collect.We also carry out litter surveys in school where we sort and measure our litter in school. We have different bins for different types of litter.