Our school eco council is a pupil run body comprising of two class representatives from each Year group. They are assisted by Miss Crawford, Year 6 teacher. 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.
Our Eco Council
We recently went on a litter pick around the school.
Congratulations to the Eco-Council who received their Green Flag!
The Eco-Council have introduced fruit bins in each classroom. Pupils should eat as much of their fruit as possible and put the skins in the bucket. The waste is then recycled properly using special food recycling bins.
The Eco-Council led a fantastic yet informative assembly to celebrate Earth Day on how we can do our bit to take care of the planet. Thank you to Yvonne Lecky from the council who came in to remind pupils how to recycle properly!
Check out our plastic promise!
Our Eco Council organised a litter pick outside the school grounds. Look how much rubbish we picked up. Good job team!
The Eco Council fixed our school bug hotel and put up some bird feeders. This will increase biodiversity to our school grounds, attract more birds and provide them homes.
Year 2 are playing their part in being eco friendly. They are reducing plastic by not using plastic straws in their milk cartons at break. Well done Year 2 !
Great work everyone, thank you for the help with collecting stamps. They will go towards raising money to train hearing dogs.
The eco-council need your help! Please see the poster below for more details. Bring stamps to your class teacher. Thank you :)
While the eco-council were carrying out the hedgehog survey in association with Ulster Wildlife we spotted a hedgehog in the grass! How cool!
NI water came to our school to teach us about where our water comes from and the dangers of single use plastics. We received a refill bottle to help us reduce our plastic usage. Thank you!
The eco council joined forces with the school council to do a littler pick around our school grounds. We are doing our bit to save the environment!
Ulster Wildlife came to visit Year 6 to tell them about hedgehogs in Northern Ireland and show them how to carry out a hedgehog survey in May/June to check if we have hedgehogs on our school grounds.
Thank you to Yvonne Lecky from the council who came to talk to KS2 pupils about recycling. We can’t wait to do our bit for the environment.
Have a look at our bug hotels!
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!