Middlezoy and Othery Schools Eco-Council
Our schools are starting the process to becoming an 'Eco-School. This is a seven-stage process and we are at the beginning of what will be an interesting journey for the children.
Mrs Hayward introduced the concept in an assembly and invited the children, who were interested in forming an eco-council to give a short presentation to their peers. They needed to include why they would be the best representative for their year group and what they would like to achieve around the schools to make us more eco-friendly.
The children then voted for their representative, within their year groups, and the following children were appointed.
Our next step is to hold a meeting to decide which areas we would like to focus on and format a plan.
As a group, we will meet monthly with Mrs Hayward and decide on our focus area(s) for the month ahead. For September, we have decided to focus on two areas. Litter and Biodiversity.
Our "Litter Challenge" will be sent out to families in a newsletter which the members will create alongside Mrs Hayward. The biodiversity challenge is to create some bird feeders and ensure our bug hotels are as inviting as possible. Mrs Hall will be supporting the group with this.
Our eco-warriors were full of ideas at our first meeting this academic year, their ideas included:
seed bombs, hedgehog hotels for the village and developing the outdoor learning area at Othery.
We will be updating this page with photos of our progress.
As a focus for this meeting, we discussed how we could ensure that we were being energy efficient. The children mentioned that they often found lights left on around the school. We now have posters EVERYWHERE to remind adults and children to turn off the lights. The image of the poster was drawn by Molly as elephants never forget! The eco-team decided on the wording.
The Eco-monitors are taking their roles very seriously and are ensuring that lights are off when they are not needed.
We met this month to organise creating bird feeders for our garden, which Mrs Hall is going to support with this week. The children were also tasked with creating a design for the outdoor classroom area which they will bring to our next meeting. During the meeting, we will pull our ideas together to create our final design. Lastly, the children are keen to minimise water waste so will be creating posters to remind everyone to turn off the taps after use. The reminders to turn off the lights have been very successful.