Minutes from Meeting with Catering and Janitorial Staff

Date: 17/03/16

Present:
Mrs Futamata, Sophie Gribben, Marie-Ann Wales, Rachel Skimming, John Blackwood (Janitor), Wendy Hogg (Canteen Cluster Manager), Carol (Canteen Supervisor).

Food Waste:
this is already being separated through the cafeteria. Notable example of good practise was Kilwinning Academy, where food waste is taken to a ‘worm farm’ to be broken down.

Packaging Waste:
Cutlery and plates are to be reintroduced to the cafeteria for main meals. Recycling machine works an this should be highlighted at assemblies. We also discussed having stricter enforcement on those caught littering the canteen with waste-possibly a ban. We need to further discuss this with the head teacher.

Litter:
Most problematic time is after lunch. It was suggested by John that we photograph the playground and canteen after this time and display it at assemblies. Carol suggested highlighting the cost of litter, and the fact you are throwing away money. A litter policy team need to be put together to address this issue, and also give a clear policy on litter which was highlighted by our environmental review.

School Allotment:
This will be discussed more with the food for life group tomorrow, but the catering staff will use any produce from the school allotment, mainly salad crops and root vegetables. They will advertise if it is being used on the day, which will be done in the canteen and on the notice board.

Prefects:
The issue of prefects was also raised at the meeting. We felt that they were sometimes not respected and could be given a higher profile. We also thought that litter picking could be included in the prefect’s duties, but this should be voluntary.

School Grounds:
There is a hazard with thorns that have overgrown, which needs to be sorted. John suggested that a new approach is needed, as currently the area will only be vandalised again. This will be discussed at the next eco committee meeting.

The next meeting will be on May 19th, Period 3

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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Hello world!

Hello! This blog has been set up to inform you of the exciting developments that are happening at Ardrossan Academy in regards to eco at at the moment.

We have almost achieved our Bronze award, and we would like to share what we have done in the past few months.

Below I have listed the criteria we have to meet in order to her our bronze award:

Eco-Committee

  • A mixed group of pupils and adults meet to discuss environmental action for the school
  • The group meets a minimum of once a term
  • Notes are kept of meetings
  • Results of group discussions and action to be undertaken are communicated to the rest of the school.

Environmental Review

  • An informal environmental review of the school is carried out
  • Results of the review are discussed by the environment group
  • Following the review, some activities are planned that will change and improve the environmental performance of the school.

Action Plan

  • The environmental group decides on some action for the school based on the informal review
  • Responsibility for taking forward action is agreed

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • The environment group makes a note of progress towards targets
  • The group discusses success or otherwise of the action being undertaken.

Linking to the curriculum

  • Environmental issues are covered as part of curriculum work in most year groups across a range of subjects

Involving the wider community

  • The environmental group has a school notice board which gives details of environmental activities being carried out
  • The school lets parents know of action being undertaken in some way
  • The wider school community learns of the environmental activity going on in the school

Eco-Code

  • There is an agreement on some environmental statements for the school drawn up by the environmental group and agreed by the whole school

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

We are so close to completing all of these targets and if you would like to help, the eco committee are having a Whole school meeting on the 23rd of October at Lunch time so feel free to come along!