As part of our waste topic, we decided we would like to try and build a plastic bottle greenhouse. We thought that we could recycle all of or plastic bottles and reuse them to create something where we could grow things for our school. We decided to get in contact with our friends at SERC who would build one for us. To help us raise funds, we had a ‘Fizzy Friday’ day at school. Tesco very kindly donated lots of fizzy juice for us to share at snack time. We charged 50p for every cup of juice sold and we raised lots of money towards our greenhouse.
Cash for Clothes
As part of our waste topic, we decided to try and recycle our clothing. We got parents and people at home to clear out all of their wardrobes and bring them into school. We even had PTA help by driving out to our community and collect clothes. Any money raised went towards our ECO fund.
Walk to School Week
Every year we have a ‘Walk to School Week!’ We challenge every class in the school to try and be active. The more people that walk… the more points your class get! The winning class gets a prize. This year, Walk to School week is 21st-26th May.
We were so lucky that we were invited along to have a meeting with the Mayor. Our three key representatives joined up with School Council to meet the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Mr Paul Hamill. We got to see his special parlour and we even got to sit in the actual Council chamber. We asked him lots of questions to find out what it would be like to be a Mayor and how the council works. It helped us focus our meetings for when we meet together!
The Big Spring Clean
Every year we like to get our school grounds looking great. We had lots of help from families to help us. We did lots of planting, weeding and cleaning to make our school grounds look great. Every Friday our pupils who are gardeners like to get out and keep up the good work. ECO Council also like to go out and help with the compost and pick litter.
We wanted to create an ECO Code so that our ECO Council could be recognised everywhere. We held a competition for P4-P7 pupils where they had to design a logo for our slogan ‘Making a Change to our Planet’. We had so many wonderful entries but check out the winning logo!
Our key representatives decided to meet up with our School Council Representatives for training. The chairperson, treasurer and secretary all had to take part in a variety of tasks which helped them learn a bit more about their role. We had so much fun and we love working with all of our friends in School Council!
Every school year we have new elections to see who will be in our ECO Council. Classes from P4-P7 took time to create their own election posters and prepared speeches. Everyone got to vote and three pupils from each year group was chosen to represent ECO Council. All of the ECO Council received badges in a special assembly so they could be recognised throughout the school. Well done everyone!
Big Beautiful Waste
We joined up with Science Week to create a competition that the whole school could be a part of. We made a presentation in assembly to tell everyone about our idea – recycling our waste to create art. We had a local artist who came to show what we could make with our waste food packaging and scrap materials. There was a winner for each class and an overall winner for the whole school. Well done to everyone involved – the entries were fabulous!
In school we have so many areas of plants and trees to water and look after. This year, we were lucky enough to have a meadow planted and we love taking care of all of the wild flowers.
Our Tea Party
At the beginning of the school year, we were lucky enough to be invited to a special afternoon tea party with Mrs Moore. She was so proud of all the elected members of ECO schools. We worked hard before our elections and created posters. We even gave speeches to our class and were nominated! We were given special ECO badges so everyone knew who we were around the school.
In ECO schools, we work very hard to ensure we have compost for our plants. We have a food caddy in each classroom where we put our food scraps. We empty this into our compost bins and we turn the compost every month. It takes a long time for all of our food scraps to decompose but it is an amazing transformation!
Focus on the Crocus
Our ECO representatives were very fortunate to be involved with a special planting event! We planted purple crocuses to help raise awareness for Polio disease.
ECO representatives were very fortunate to be involved with a special planting event! We learned how to grow our own food and how to look after them. We planted peas and potatoes and our parents even got to come and help! We even got some extra plants for each classroom and for the rest of the school. What a great programme to be a part of!
The Recycling Bus
This year in ECO school, we came up with the initiative to recycle plastic. To help us learn more about recycling, Noel from the local council came to teach us about landfill sites, and what happens when we recycle certain things. We even got to make our own pencil boxes from recycled materials!
To try and save energy in our school, we are very strict with saving electricity! If you are in our school at lunchtimes on Wednesdays and Fridays, you will see our team checking that all pupils and teachers have turned off the lights in their room. If they leave them on, they get a red lightbulb! For the classrooms that are good at saving electricity, they get a green lightbulb! The class with the most green lightbulbs at the end of the month, gets an award in assembly!
This year during our ECO meetings, we decided we wanted to start recycling plastic. We have now got a plastic recycling bin in our school and we reused cardboard boxes to collect our plastic in the classroom. We have worked hard to make this happen. We are now currently doing a survey to find out how much plastic we are saving in our school – As soon as we get the results we will keep you updated!