Minutes For 5-03-15

Present;

Sophie Gribben, Robyn Gurney, Rhanna Guilfoyle, Conor Monaghan,  Curtis Kerr, Kalle Smith, Marie Ann Wales, Claire Monaghan, Rachael Waddell, and Erin Wigton.

Apologies

Mrs Crawford,  Morgan Cooper and Ryan Byrne

Catch – up

Due to prelims, the committee hasn’t formally met up for a while, but during this time we have still made progress. We discussed the environmental review and also arranged a time to clean up the school garden, which would be period 7 on a Wednesday.

Rag Bag

We are now official fundraisers through rag bag and there was a bit of fun setting up our indoor bank. We have decided it should stay in the assembly all, as it is a visible place, but with not to much traffic. Rhanna and Sophie are to pin up the posters and put a notie in the bulletin.

Bins

Our new outdoor bins have arrived and our recycling bins are still to come. We will speak with the janitors to set them around the school and Marie-ann and Claire are to contact Helen Brown from North Ayrshire Youth Bank to thank them for the grant money we received and to ask if she would like to see where it has gone.

AOB

Robyn is to inquire about free compost and possibly cheap plants from B&Q to do up the garden. Councillor Gurney has been contacted in regards to the allotments across from the school.

The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th March at Lunchtime.

Meeting Adjorned.

Funding

A big thank you to North Ayrshire Youth Bank who have recently granted us the sum of  £982.46 in order to purchase both new litter bins and  recycling bins for our school. The committee filled in a grant application form  (which had to be done with the least amount of adult help possible) and Erin  (grants advisor) sent it away for approval. The new bins will be in place soon, and the evidence will be uploaded.

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Minutes for 11-12-14

Present;

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

Apologies

Mrs Crawford

Bronze Award

We recieved the news that we had acheived our bronze award, ad we got a photo with our certificate.

Moving Forward

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.

AOB

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.

Meeting Adjorned.

Silver Award

The next Eco-Schools Award we are aiming for is the Silver award.

This is what we have to do to achieve this award:

Eco-Committee

  • 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

Environmental Review

  • 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

Action Plan

  • 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

Eco Code

  • The Eco Committee suggests an Eco Code to the school for their agreement
  • The Eco Code is displayed on the Eco-Schools notice board

Source: http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/sustainable-development-education/eco-schools/awards/silver/