Swallowfield School Eco-Committee were first formed in 2011 as part of our involvement in the Eco-Schools scheme run by the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign
“Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.”
Schools work towards gaining one of three internationally recognised awards – Bronze, Silver and the Green Flag award, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity
Benefits of joining Eco-Schools include: saving money, recognition and publicity, links to the curriculum, links to the community, school improvements.
The Eco-Schools programme is focused on nine key topics. These are: Energy, Water, Biodiversity, School grounds, Healthy Living, Transport, Litter, Waste, Global Citizenship.
Children are the driving force behind Eco-Schools – they lead the Eco-Committee and help to carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of the school.
In conjunction with the rest of the school and the wider community, it’s the pupils who decide the environmental themes they want to address and how they’re going to do it.
The committee members are elected by their classes and take part in a wide range of activities in addition to regular meetings, developing many of their own ideas.
To date this has included; carrying out an environmental audit and developing an action plan for the school, tree, bulb and shrub planting, sowing a flower meadow, clearing areas for growing, Waste Week and Switch Off Fortnight campaigns, assemblies, regular recycling collections, composting, designing and planting competition entries for local garden centres.
Join the Pod link This takes you to the Pod website, where you can find out about the different activities we get involved in, Waste Week, Switch Off Fortnight, Bumble Bee Discovery. If you log in using a pupil code that you can get from Mrs Thomas, you can also find some of the work we have done, photos and blogs. You can add your own blog and have a go at some of the activities.
Eco-Committee Members for this academic year:
Agenda for First Meeting
1) Introductions and roles.
2) Main purpose of the group.
3) Range of activities. Outdoor, meetings, projects, regular jobs.
4) Previous committee’s activities.
5) Sharing of ideas for this year.
6) Possible activities/jobs, Eco-Schools, Join the Pod, Green Ambassadors.
7) Next steps – photos, bibs, board, folders.
8) Future meetings.
9) Reporting back.