Our school eco council is a pupil run body comprising of two class representatives from each Year group. They are assisted by Mrs Mckeown, Year 6 teacher. There is also imput from our Principal, caretaker and a parent representative. We aim to promote an understanding of what constitutes an environmentally friendly school.
As part of this process we have instigated composting of fruit waste and taken part in 'switch-off fortnight' in order to improve energy wastage. We also encourage recycling within our school and are a collection centre for batteries, cards and clothes. Having achieved silver award we are now working toward green flag status.
Our Eco Council
Clean Air Day
Eco-School are working with Strabane District Council to run a Clean Air day. They have presented a Powerpoint to other classes in the school, created Clean Air Superheroes and planted trees.
Waste Week at Edwards
Edwards Eco-Warriors Recycle Christmas Cards and Stamps
Our Eco Code
Everybody Come with Me, let's save some energy.
Caring for our place, to make a better space.
Our cool school follows the eco rule.
Cycling is the plan, let's do it when we can.
Our recycling plan is to reduce, reduce, recycle as much as we can.
Don't be litter bug and give our planet a big hug.
Earth might not be here to stay, so don't let it rot away!
We performed our Eco Code Rap in assembly and gave a PowerPoint presentation on Biodiversity.
We got our Green Flag
Eco-council do spot checks to ensure our grounds are clean and green!
Save the Red Squirrel!
Michael Stinson from Red Squirrel United visited years 5 and 6 and spent time with the Eco-Council. He was invited to help us understand the dangers facing red squirrels and how we can help them.
Switch Off Fortnight.
During November Eco-Council will conduct unannounced checks throughout the school during breaks to check if all power has been turned off. Each classroom/resource area will be accordingly traffic lighted. We will take electricity reading before and after 'switch off fortnight' to see if there has been a difference in energy usage.
Eco-Council conduct regular 'Litter bug' checks around the school grounds. Happily, Edwards is almost always a litter free zone!
Every day, Eco-Council members collect, measure and compost fruit and vegetable waste.
Our Eco-council are recycling Christmas cards for the Woodland Trust. We have also collected stamps to go to the Leprosy Mission. The whole school is recycling bottle tops to go towards being recycled to make wheelchairs.
Eco-school pupils and Year 6 have been busy updating our wildlife area using donated wooden pallets and natural resources.
Save the hedgehogs!
Year 6 discovered a dead hedgehog on our school grounds and brought this to the attention of our Eco-Council. We had already been planning to create a hedgehog habitat and this prompted us to immediate action. We designed a habitat, prioritising the importance of using recycled material, making it safe, strong, waterproof and functional. We chose a quiet place in our grounds and used natural material to help camouflage it.
Cash for Clobber
Eco-School have undertaken our annual Cash for Clobber campaign once again. A great opportunity to recycle used clothes and raise cash for school!
Wild About Wildflowers
Eco-Council have identified the need for a Wildflower garden to attract insects. Our seeds have just sprouted.
Use Less Stuff Day
To involve the whole school in a day of eco-action the Eco-Committee decided to hold a 'Use Less Stuff Day'. To inform the school we held an assembly telling everyone of our plans. Pupils from Years 3, 4, 5 and 7 designed posters to advertise the day.
We measured the oil, water and electricity that we used on the two days previous to our Eco day and also weighed the packaging we used from lunchboxes. This meant that on Eco day we could see if our 'Using less Stuff' had paid off.
Each class had an eco themed lesson (some of them outdoors as you can see from our pictures below), Year 7's are pictured brainstorming where paper was wasted in the room and how they could reduce their paper usage. Year 2 enjoyed numeracy outside and had a sound walk. Year 6 and the Eco Committee created a graph (at the end of the week) to show how many plastic containers we recycled all week. Year 6 also experimented with flying the kites they had created.
We also called this day 'Thick Jumper Day' as each person wore a think jumper to school and we turned the heating down.
Winners of the Poster Competition to advertise "Use Less Stuff' Day. Congratulations and thank you for your hard work and creative ideas!