Eco Council is delighted to be taking part in this years ‘Spring Bulb Planting’ investigation, along with hundreds of other schools across England, Scotland and Wales. We have planted daffodil bulbs in pots and in the ground and over the next few months we will be monitoring and measuring their growth. We will also be measuring rainfall and temperature each week and submitting the data to a central office to see how temperature, position and rainfall affects the growth of spring bulbs across the country. We chose a lovely sunny day to start the investigation.
A great job Eco Council!
We also planted the crocus bulbs donated to school by the Rotary Club. These are part of their End Polio Now campaign. We are looking forward to seeing them bloom in the spring.
To support the RSPB our Eco Council members undertook the Big Garden Birdwatch.
We were very impressed with the number and range of birds that we spotted around school in just 1 hour.
The Eco Council are active in encouraging birds into the school grounds, through providing bird food and spaces for birds to nest.
Members of the Eco Council worked hard to re-design and make our recycling boxes for stamps and computer cartridges. They completed this work at lunchtimes, working in The Hive with Mrs Herbert. I’m sure you’ll agree their hard work has paid off.
So make sure you don’t throw any stamps or computer cartridges in the bin – send them in and feed our recycling boxes!
Eco Council Members have been hard at work researching what kinds of plant we should be looking to plant in and around our pond. Three of the members who had undertaken this research visited Ashton Hall Garden Centre and purchased a few plants to get us started. These included a water lily, water hawthorn and some pond weed. They are pictured below with our plants.
We seem to have two very hungry newts living in the pond who we think may have eaten the frogspawn we put in there earlier in the Spring.
Members of the Eco Council came ready and dressed to move the water left in the bottom of the old pond into containers ready to be put back into the new pond. We worked hard to empty out as much as we could.
Eco Council are really looking forward to building up the pond and making it into a lovely habitat after half-term.
Last Friday afternoon, 30th January, in lovely, crisp Winter sunshine, members of the Eco Council undertook part one of our RSPB Bird Watch. Between 1 and 2 pm they saw:
12 blackbirds, 3 robins, 4 seagulls, 2 pied wagtails, 8 jackdaws, song thrushes, 1 dunnock, 2 goldfinches, 3 sparrows and 5 blue tits.
Our Eco Council is getting into it’s stride as they prepare new rotas for bird feeding, composting, battery recycling and the forthcoming bird watch. See below for some of the tasks they are carrying out:
Mrs Thomas has arranged for the correct collection of recycled materials from school. This will be for paper, card, glass, plastic and cans. Each class rep should now make sure they have a paper recycling box or bin clearly marked in their classroom and tell the teacher that this needs to be done again.
Daniel and Thea are doing this but say that roly poly pig is broken. Mrs Thomas will have a look at it next Monday.
The number of batteries being recycled has gone down a lot. This might be because people are taking them to other recycling points or that there are more rechargeable batteries being used. All Eco Council reps need to start encouraging their class to start brining batteries in again. Ben and Amy to make posters.
The bags will arrive in school on Monday 23rd February and all Councillors will need to help tell everyone about the collection. The bags will be collected on 20th March
KS2 Councillors must make sure they fill the bird feeders every other day especially as the bird watch is coming soon. The rota will be Ben and Catherine this week, Daniel and Thea, Olivia and Fred then Ben and Amy.
We have an Eco Council in school made up of representatives from each class from Year 1 upwards to help drive our work on improving our environment, improving our sustainability and thinking of our impact on the world. We always have a great response with many children putting themselves forward to be Eco Councillors.
CONGRATULATIONS – ECO COUNCILLORS 2014-2015
Voting has taken place and each class now has new councillors in place.