Sophie Gribben, Robyn Gurney, Rhanna Guilfoyle, Conor Monaghan, Curtis Kerr, Kalle Smith, Marie Ann Wales, Claire Monaghan, Rachael Waddell, Erin Wigton, Morgan Cooper and Ryan Byrne
We recieved the news that we had acheived our bronze award, ad we got a photo with our certificate.
We agreed to undertake a new environmental review and discussed methods to get more of the school involved. We have a very big school, so we may select a focus group of pupils outside the eco-committee to help us with our environmental review. From this we will agree on our action plan. We are unsure whether to involve a focus group in this too.
Wishing everybody on the Committee a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The next meeting will be on Thursday 8th January at Lunchtime.
The next Eco-Schools Award we are aiming for is the Silver award.
This is what we have to do to achieve this award:
- Pupils put themselves forward to be part of a decision making environmental committee
- There is representation from the parents on the committee
- The committee meets a minimum of once every half-term
- A written account of meetings is kept
- Pupils share responsibility with adults for keeping a record of the meetings
- Pupil representatives ensure that there is communication to and from the committee to the rest of the school
- Pupils and adults plan how to carry out an environmental review of the school
- A review document (the Eco-Schools Environmental Review or the school’s own checklist) is used and the results recorded
- Results of the review are made known to the whole school
- The Eco Committee plans action resulting from the review
- Eco Committee draws up a plan for environmental action
- Action plan includes specific targets with a time-frame for completion
- A range of action is planned covering more than one aspect of environmental management
Monitoring and Evaluation
- The Eco Committee reviews progress against set targets
- The Eco Committee reports progress to whole school by appropriate means on a regular basis
- The value of activities and action is understood and is committed to by the whole school – pupils and adults
Linking to the curriculum
- Some aspects of Eco-Schools activities are integrated into the school curriculum for most year groups.
Involving the wider community
- An Eco-Schools notice board is kept in a prominent position within the school
- The whole school is kept informed and involved in activities through assembly presentations or newsletters
- The whole school engages in a number of Eco-Schools activities such as paper recycling and improving school grounds
- Parents are involved in Eco-Schools activities
- Eco-Schools activities are reported in local newspapers and/or local radio
- There is a display in the school foyer for visitors to look at
- The Eco Committee suggests an Eco Code to the school for their agreement
- The Eco Code is displayed on the Eco-Schools notice board