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2017/18

 

May Minutes!

 

Present: Ronav, Leighton, Aimee, Aikham, Aryan, Bethany, Leah, Sophie, Laila, Sarah, Robert, Aleena and Miss Belcher.

 

Absent: Alexander, Luwen.

 

Today we conducted our second litter survey, we were happy to see that the litter on the front playground has been reduced – please make sure that you throw your plastic straws in the bin as it helps keep our school tidy!

 

The gate is still an issue, but it has gotten better with our regular litter picks.

 

As we have started to use the filed we also inspected this area. It appeared to be relatively litter free – keep up the hard work!

 

March Minutes!

 

Present: Ronav, Leighton, Aimee, Aikham, Aryan, Bethany, Leah, Sophie, Laila, Sarah, Robert, Alenna and Miss Belcher.

 

Absent: Alexander, Luwen.

 

Today we discussed what the school would be looking at for Green Day before we break up for Easter! Miss Belcher explained that it was a really important topic that helped to link the Eco-councillors and the Junior Travel Ambassadors. Our Spring Green Day is all about air pollution!

 

Miss Belcher said we are going to be conducting an experiment as a whole school which measure the air pollution around us! We can’t wait for the results!

 

January Minutes!

 

Present: Ronav, Leighton, Aimee, Aikham, Aryan, Bethany, Leah, Sophie, Laila, Sarah, Alenna and Miss Belcher.

 

Absent: Robert, Alexander, Luwen.

 

Today we talked about a new intuitive for the school called the ‘Junior Travel Ambassadors’. Miss Belcher explained that this was open to Year 5 pupils and it was there job to help promote road safety and sustainable travel.

 

We agreed that we thought it was a good idea and we our looking forward to the competition!

 

November Minutes!

 

Present: Ronav, Leighton, Aimee, Aikham, Aryan, Bethany, Leah, Sophie, Laila, Sarah and Miss Belcher.

 

Absent: Robert, Alexander, Luwen, Aleena.

 

Today we conducted our litter survey, we found that the areas that had the most litter were around the school fence and the school’s front gate.

 

We have cleared up as much of the rubbish as we can – just a reminder to put your rubbish in the bin! Thank you!

 

October Minutes!

 

Present: Ronav, Leighton, Aimee, Aikham, Aryan, Bethany, Leah, Sophie, Laila, Sarah and Miss Belcher. 

 

Absent: Robert, Alexander, Luwen, Aleena. 

 

During the last two weeks after recycling we have completed our environmental review. We were asked to discuss a number of different questions which related to our school grounds and our job as eco-councillors. We discussed the following areas during our meeting: biodiversity, energy, global citizenship, healthy living, litter, the school grounds, transportation, water and waste.

 

We voted fairly on each issue and discussed how we could improve in these areas as a school. We agreed that there were a lot of positives and were interested by the different things each year group had to say.

 

2016/17

 

July Minutes!

 

Present: Miss Belcher, April, Chloe, Tia, Sophie, Laila, Sarah, Pippa, Jamie, Demi-Leigh, Daniel, Jahaan, Joseph, Adham, Joe.

 

Absent: Oliver and Ben.

 

Date: Thursday 20th July.

 

Today Miss Belcher explained that we are having our Eco assessment on Monday. She explained how the assessment works and what our role would be. We spent our meeting reflecting back on our role throughout the year and what we had achieved!

 

We discussed that we regularly complete recycling and litter picks, we discuss Green Day activities and we help write our Eco action plan. We spoke about the fact we asked for a gardening club and we wanted pumpkins to be grown in the garden – which they are! We talked about our focus on water this year and how the pond is now attracting wildlife (we have spotted 3 frogs so far!). We also discussed our special Green Day which focused on water and ways in which we can preserve it.

 

Miss Belcher thanked us all for our hard work this year! We are looking forward to showing off all of our hard work!

 

 

May Minutes!

 

Present: Miss Belcher, April, Chloe, Tia, Sophie, Laila, Sarah, Pippa, Jamie, Demi-Leigh, Daniel, Jahaan.

 

Absent: Joseph, Adham, Oliver and Ben.

 

Date: Wednesday 24th May during assembly.

 

Today we went outside and completed a litter pick. Year 5 had previously completed a litter survey as part of their science topic and they identified the problem areas for us. They found that the front playground and the fence line on the field were the worst areas.

 

We worked together as a team in order to clean up as much of the litter as possible! We did really well, Miss Belcher asked us to pass on a message to our classes when we returned asking children to remember not to drop litter as it is bad for our environment!

 

Let’s see if we can reduce the litter in our school!

 

 

April Minutes!

 

Present: Miss Belcher, April, Chloe, Pippa, Laila, Sophie, Sarah, Jamie, Demi-Leigh.

 

Absent: Joseph, Adham, Joe, Daniel, Jahaan, Tia, Ben and Oliver.

 

Date – Wednesday 5th April during afternoon sessions.

 

Today’s meeting was called to discuss a project that is possibly happening near our Eco-garden. Miss Belcher explained that currently this project is not known by the other children in the school as it is still in its planning stage but she wanted to find out some of our thoughts and ideas.

 

We came up with some fantastic suggestions which Miss Belcher will take forward to the next planning meeting. Some of the suggestions include: a canopy, fruit trees, wellington boots storage, a class set of waterproofs, tipis and lots more! Hopefully we will be able to reveal more to you all soon, as we are very excited!

 

She also reminded us that it is Green Day on Friday and that we are focusing on water and how we can preserve it. She was also very happy to hear that some of us were going on a bug hunt this afternoon – hopefully it went well, Miss Belcher would love to see some pictures!

 

That concluded today’s meeting.

 

 

February Minutes!

 

Present: Miss Belcher, Joseph, Adham, Joe, Daniel, Jahaan, April, Pippa, Laila, Sophie, Demi-Leigh, Tia and Sarah.

 

Absent: Ben, Oliver, Chloe and Jamie.

 

Date – Wednesday 15th February during assembly.

 

Miss Belcher explained that today’s meeting was to discuss the issue of litter in the school. As eco-councillors we have also noticed an increase in the amount of litter on our school playground.

 

Our first discussion was about how the wind is blowing litter from outside our school inside our school. Miss Belcher explained that sadly this was out of our control but we could control the clean-up of the litter. She explained that Year 5 has currently been completing litter picks on a daily basis and this seemed to have helped reduce the litter dramatically. She has suggested creating a litter pick timetable for each year group where children can come and collect the litter pickers and help in the reduction of litter in our school. As eco-councillors we decided this sounded like a good idea and may help in stopping children from littering! She also suggested that we could make it into a competition to see which the best year at cleaning up our school is.

 

We decided that as eco-councillors we will do a big litter pick at least once a half-term to help with the reduction. Miss Belcher said she will discuss all of this with Mrs Thorne and the other teachers. She also discussed how she was still communicating with the school’s caretaker about bins.

 

This was only a very short meeting as we had to complete our recycling for the week! Miss Belcher thanked us for our hard work and contributions and said she will feed back to us at our next meeting!

 

November Minutes!

 

Present: Miss Belcher, Joseph, Adham, Joe, Oliver, Daniel, Jahaan, April, Pippa, Laila, Sophie, Demi-Leigh, Tia and Sarah.

 

Absent: Ben, Chloe and Jamie.

 

Date – Wednesday 9th November during assembly.

 

In today’s meeting we completed our environmental review. We were asked to discuss a number of different questions which related to our school grounds and our job as eco-councillors. We discussed the following areas during our meeting: biodiversity, energy, global citizenship, healthy living, litter, the school grounds, transportation, water and waste.

 

During our discussion on biodiversity we discussed that as a school we look after a number of different animals and have encouraged wildlife into our school during IPC lessons (for example year 3 created a bug hotel!). It was clear that as a school we enjoyed this area and we have already expressed an interest at doing more to improve this!

 

Our discussion on energy highlighted that we were turning off switches when they were not being used and as eco-councillors we were checking that this was done every time we left the classroom. We did discuss that children were not allowed to turn off computers or monitors but the teachers should be ensuring that they turn them off at the switch before they go home. We also discussed that the teachers cannot control the heating and so there are times when windows need to be opened when it is to warm. Miss Belcher has said that she will discuss this with the school’s caretaker as well as the energy meter.

 

As a school we have recently started a new scheme of global learning, this is where we discuss important issues which affect our country or lives. During these sessions we learn about different countries and discuss issues such as global warming. We also have a green day which focuses on Fair-trade at the start of the year.

 

We spoke about our school’s healthy eating policy during break times and lunchtimes. We discussed that not all children were following the rules and Miss Belcher said she would bring this to Mrs Thorne’s attention. Miss Belcher explained that during the new year we would be learning all about healthy living as a part of our PSHE topic – healthy me. She also discussed that we would be learning about being food smart (this is a Change for Life initiative).

 

We felt as eco-councillors that we could do more in terms of eliminating litter in our school grounds mainly to do with the amount of outside bins we have – Miss Belcher said that our next meeting will be focusing on litter as we need to start doing litter picks regularly. We also discussed that our school grounds are used every day by children and we would love to have more lessons outside (Miss Belcher explained that at this time of year it may not be possible due to the weather but in the spring and summer term she will remind teachers of our outdoor learning space!).

 

As eco-councillors we have noticed that although a number of children have now started to walk or ride their bike to school there is starting to be an issue with the cars that park across the road in the garage and down side-roads. As our school is on a main road we do not have an issue with cars directly outside but there is starting to become a problem with parking in these places – Miss Belcher said that Mrs Thorne is already aware of this and a letter will be going out about this to remind parents.

 

Water and waste were two areas where Miss Belcher had to discuss with the children why our school is unfortunately unable to say yes to some questions. Although we have a water butt and reuse our water bottles, we have installed water hippos previously and due to how old our school’s piping system is, they flooded our toilets and so they had to be removed. Miss Belcher explained our next green day focuses on water and said that we are having a lady from Severn Trent Water come in to speak to the whole school. Miss Belcher suggested that she may be able to speak to this lady about anything else we could do as a school to reduce our water consumption. We are very good with our recycling and we would like to recycle more! We cannot however, have a compost bin as our last attempt at this attracted rats into the school grounds and had to be removed immediately.

 

Miss Belcher thanked the children for their participation and discussed that these were valuable insights into what the children thought about how we could improve our school. That was the end of our meeting.

October Minutes!

Present: Miss Belcher, Joseph, Adham, Joe, Oliver, Daniel, Jahaan, April, Pippa, Laila, Sophie, Demi-Leigh and Jamie.

 

Absent: Ben, Tia, Chloe and Sarah. 

 

Date: Monday 17th October during assembly. 

 

In today's meeting we focused on introducing our new members to our team and explaining our job roles to them. We also decided on some of the issues we would like to focus on this year. Miss Belcher explained that for the current (old) members of the Eco-council that this would be their last year as Eco-councillors as other children would like to have a go! She also told us about the fantastic job we have done over the years and that we should make this year our best work. We also had our pictures taken so that the website could be updated.

 

Miss Belcher asked us how we thought the current recycling on a Wednesday was going and we replied that we thought it was going well and we are finding new ways to get quicker and more efficient every time! We have decided that one of the issues we would like to look into is the different things that we could possibly recycle as a school such as plastic milk bottles! We also discussed how we thought the litter picking went last year and we discussed the different issues that we had such as other children following us onto the back school field whilst we are trying to litter pick. Miss Belcher agreed to look into ways that we could address these issues and reminded us that we need to do a litter audit soon to see where litter pickers need to go! 

 

We also highlighted that we would like to encourage more wildlife into the school and Eco-Garden such as birds. We felt that we could do this by creating different habitats for wildlife and possibly setting up a feeding station. We also discussed what we would like to see grown in the garden next year - we all expressed an interest in Pumpkins being grown and possibly creating a school competition to see which class creates the best Jack O lantern for our Halloween Disco! 

 

We said that we would like to enter a competition if possible this year so that we can show off all of our hard work as a school; Miss Belcher said she would look into different competitions for us and she would update us in our next meeting. We thought that if we entered a competition we could also plant flowers outside of the main reception and possibly create hanging baskets for the gazebos. 

 

That concluded our meeting. 

 

2015/16

 

18th April 2016

 

Present: Mrs Edwards, Ben, Oliver, Tia, Heather, Daniel, Pippa, April, Lauren, Laila, Sophie, Lauren, Ava, Demi-Leigh, James, Ajshe-Blue and Sam

 

Today we met up with Wellies 2 Bellies to learn how to plant and manage the garden.  First we learnt that the best soil for planting was called 'loamy' soil.  After that we started turning over the soil in the bedding areas and removing the weeds.  This was a lot of hard work and took most of the day.  We then added compost to the beds and mixed it in with the soil that was already there.  Throughout the day, we planted onions, potatoes, carrots, herbs, parsnips as well as flowers.  We collected lots of worms to put in our compost - this was a very slimy job!

 

In the afternoon, Daniella taught us how to compost which was very useful!  We learnt that you have to have 1 part brown to 2 parts green.  Brown included shredded paper, leaves, cardboard, tea bags etc and green included weeds, grass and fruit skins.  We started the compost off and will continue to do this in the future.

 

I also gave Daniella the winning sign for the ECO-Garden which was designed by Ben Malloy in 3R!  Well done to Heather from 2H and Riel from 3R who were the runners up.  Mrs Thorne had a hard time judging them!  Below are the 3 designs - the winning one at the top!

 

 

7th March 2016

 

Present: Mrs Edwards, Ben, Oliver, Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa, Sophie, Laila, Demi-Leigh

 

 

Today we came together to discuss which ECO code we thought would be best for our school.  They were all fantastic and we found that we all had very similar ideas and they were all almost the same.  However, the one that we picked had all of our current aims on so we chose that one.  Mrs Edwards said that she would type it up and hand it out to everyone next week so that they can put it up in the classrooms and share it with their class.  Mrs Edwards has also put a copy on the website.

1st February 2016

 

Present: Mrs Edwards, Ben, Oliver, Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa, Sophie, Laila, Demi-Leigh

 

Today Mrs Edwards told the children that we would be changing the ECO code this year as it will need to be updated.  The children were given the task of choosing a new word to be the topic word of the acrostic poem.  The children had a vote and decided to use 'Our World'.  The children wrote it on a piece of paper and took it back to their classrooms to complete with their class.

 

Mrs Edwards also said that during our next meeting, we would be thinking about rules for the pond.

11th January 2016

 

Present: Mrs Edwards, Ben, Oliver, Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa, Sophie, Laila, Demi-Leigh

 

We reviewed the rotas.  Mrs Edwards reminded them to make sure they check for litter when they go out to break and at lunch times.  She also told them to make sure they stay on task when recycling and not distract others.

 

The children spent the time today thinking about what they would like to do this year.  Most of them were similiar to what Mrs Edwards had put on her action plan.  Here are the main points:

 

  • When the garden is finished, the children would like a timetabled slot to go and look after it, preferrably by class.
  • They would like to develop a new ECO code to reflect what we are doing.
  • On the next green day, they would like to focus on water and design posters to put in the toilets to remind people to switch the taps off.
  • They would like to design new energy posters for each classroom as a pledge to save energy.

14th December 2015

 

Present: Mrs Edwards, Ben, Oliver, Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa, Sophie, Laila, Ajshe-Bleu

 

Today we completed the Environmental Review.  These were our findings:

 

  • Litter/Rubbish - We found that the playground was mainly free of litter and that there are plenty of bins.
  • Waste: We are good at recycling paper but we will need to look into recycling other materials such as phones or batteries.
  • Energy - We are pleased with how our energy project is going.  We are elected monitors to check things are switched off during break and lunch times.
  • Water: We have self stopping taps and no leaks.  We are going to get water hippos for the toilet to save more water.
  • School Grounds and Biodiversity - this is our area of improvement and this will be sorted once the garden is finished.
  • Transport - although we don't take part in the walk once a week scheme, we are going to take part in the walk to school week in May.
  • Healthy Living - This is our strongest area.  We agreed we are a healthy school.
  • Global Perspective - We thought our Green Day work was good evidence for this.

19th October 2015

 

Present: Mrs Edwards, Ben, Oliver, Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa, Sophie, Laila, Ajshe-Bleu

 

Mrs Edwards explained that this would be a short meeting due to a lady from Shirley library being here to hand out medals.  We talked about the new garden and the children were shown the new designs for the garden which they are very happy about.  Pippa was very happy as she won the competition for who was the closest person to guess how much the garden would cost.  Mrs Edwards then announced the results of the 'adopt an animal' vote.  Ashje-Bleu and April are going to plan a short speech to read out in assembly, telling the children about the new garden and animal.

 

28th September 2015

 

Present: Mrs Edwards, Ben, Oliver, Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa, Sophie, Laila, Ajshe-Bleu, 

Absent: Demi-Leigh (Swimming), Sam and James (Residential)

 

Mrs Edwards welcomed the new year 1 children and handed out new badges.  We focused on recycling today and who would do what during Wednesday's singing practice.  It was decided that the following children would do the following rooms: -

 

Ajshe-Bleu and Oliver - Year 1 classrooms

Demi-Leigh and Ben - Reception classrooms

Sophie and Tia - Paws and nursery

Laila and Daniel - Year 2 classrooms

Sam and James - Office and ICT

Pippa and April - Year 3 and 4 classrooms

 

The children expressed concern that Lorraine could not supervise them as she was busy. Mrs Edwards said that she would speak to Mrs Thorne about how to move forward with this.

 

We then talked about litter picking and it was decided that we would trial not having a rota and doing a quick sweep of the playground each day.  We will review it in a few weeks.

 

2014/15

 

These are our minutes of our ECO meetings.  Make sure you look every week to see what we have been doing.  A copy has also been put on our ECO board!

 

18th June 2015

 

Present: Mrs Edwards, Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa, Laila, James, Sam T, Katie and Hannah

 

Mrs Edwards started the meeting by announcing that we were going to be assessed for our Gren Flag renewal on Friday 19th June 2015. Mrs Edwards gave out more copies of the ECO code to the children and asked them to make sure they were up. We talked about having a green day and cake sale on that day and the children suggested making posters to promote it. Mrs Edwards said that they could do posters at home if they wished.

 

Mrs Edwards gave out the voting sheet for the adopt an animal project we are doing and told them to explain it to their teachers.

 

18th May 2015

Present: Mrs Edwards, Mrs Wainman, Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa, Laila, Demi-Leigh, Ajshe-Bleu, Sam T, Katie and Hannah

 

Mrs Edwards started the meeting off asking if there were any issues.  A couple of the children said that their class didn't have an ECO code.  Mrs Edwards will print some more off.

 

Mrs Edwards gave an update to the children on the Green Flag Assessment and the lottery bid.  Both applications are being processed now so hopefully it will not be too long before we get our Green Flag again and can start work on the garden.

 

We talked about how our actions could help other countries.  We decided that we would like to adopt an animal to help with the conservation in other countries.  Mrs Edwards said she would look into this and involve the whole school with the decision about which animal to help.  We talked about funding this - the children were very keen on raising the money themselves.  Mrs Edwards said that she would speak to Mrs Thorne about a possible cake sale on Green Day.


 

9th March 2015

Present: Mrs Edwards,  Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa, Laila, Demi-Leigh, Ajshe-Bleu, Sam T, Katie and Hannah

Mrs Edwards introduced our ECO Council Parent Representative, Mrs Wainman, to the children.  The children told her about the ECO code and what we are hoping to achieve by the end of the year.

 

Mrs Edwards reminded the children to put the recycling into the blue bin and not the main bin and also to carry on litter picking. 

 

Katie and Hannah have completed their top tip for the newsletter and Assembly update which Mrs Edwards would give to Mrs Thorne.

 

19th January 2015

Present: Mrs Edwards, Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa,  Laila, Demi-Leigh, Ajshe-Bleu, Sam T,  Katie and Hannah

Mrs Edwards told the children that due to the new timetable changes, recycling is to be done on a Wednesday during singing practise.

Mrs Edwards then reminded the children to continue litter picking.  hannah said she found it difficult to do it on one day due to her House Captain responsibilities.  I told her to look at the rota and see if she can swap with someone.

Mrs Edwards talked them through the action plan and what our priorities were.  The children remembered that we are trying to get a pond.  Katie suggested that we have a fund raising day.  I told her we might do this if we need to top up the funds.

Mrs Edwards reminded the children about the ECO code and that Mrs Wainman, our parent representative is going to come to our next meeting to learn it from them.

Mrs Edwards then reminded the children that they wanted to do a top tip for the newsletter.  katie and Hannah said they would do the first one.  They will complete this for our next meeting in two weeks time.

Meeting closed at 10.40am



 

25th November 2014

Present: Mrs Edwards, Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa, Sophie, Laila, Demi-Leigh, Ajshe-Bleu, Sam T, James, Katie and Hannah

Today we talk about what we wanted to achieve this year.  The children worked in two teams and came up with the following ideas:-

- Design posters to remind people to save water.
- Redesign the ECO garden and incorporate a pond and more wildlife, for example, birds.
  They were very keen to have a part in the design process.
- Have ECO top tips in the Newsletters.
- Renew our Green Flag
- Remind children in assemblies about picking up litter, saving energy and the ECO code.
- Plant a flower/plant in an ECO meeting and look after it in their classrooms.

Mrs Edwards said she would look into these ideas.  If you have any other ideas about how we can help our environment, please let us know!





 

28th October 2014

Present: Mrs Edwards, Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa, Sophie, Laila, Demi-Leigh, Ajshe-Bleu, Sam T, James, Katie and Hannah

Today the children bought their October walk to school charts to the meeting.  They worked in pairs to allocate badges to those children who had walked once a week.  They then took the tick sheets, badges and November's Walk to School charts back with them.

 

22nd September 2014

Present: Mrs Edwards, Daniel, Tia, April, Pippa, Sophie, Laila, Demi-Leigh, Ajshe-Bleu, Sam T, James, Katie and Hannah

We handed out the new ECO badges and welcommed our new ECO councillors from year 1.  We then sorted out the litter picking and recycling rotas.  Mrs Edwards reminded the children that they are not to go into the carpark unless they are supervised and that Miss Evans would be supervising them on Thursday assembly time.  Mrs Edwards suggested lunch time to be a good time for juniors to empty their recycling boxes as the lunch time supervisors can keep an eye on them.

We then talked about our plans for this year.  The children were really excited about our plans for a pond and wildlife area and we are going to discuss this further during our next meeting.

2012/13

 

 Minutes of Meetings with
'Lotty the Ladybird'

DATE &
MEMBERS PRESENT

  MINUTES of the MEETING                

18th June 2013
Mrs Edwards
Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Daniel Thomas, Caitlin Scott,
Jade Margetts, Isabella Henderson
 

 

 


Today we looked at energy and lighting. As a result of our meeting with Rachel from Thorn Lighting, we chose several key areas in the school that continuously use light. The places we chose were the two halls, corridors, ICT room and the year 3 and 4 classrooms who do not as yet have movement censor lights. We then completed a light audit which we will send to Rachel who will do an energy survey to tell us how we can change our lights to be more energy efficient. Mrs Edwards will send the information to Rachel once it has been typed up.


 

21st May 2013
Mrs Edwards
Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Daniel Thomas,
Jade Margetts, Isabella Henderson


 

Mrs Edward reported back to the children that Mr McGaw really liked our ideas and is looking forward to hearing our findings.


Mr Rhind told us that next week he has got someone from Education ICT coming in to change the power settings to allow them to go into standby after 5 minutes of inactivity.  The children were really happy with this.


We were then introduced Rachel who was from Thorn Lighting who talked to us about what we could do to save money and electricity in our school.  She told us that although our bill will initially be high due to the money to buy the LED bulbs, we won’t have to change our bulbs as often and we will cut down on the amount of WATTS we use.  Therefore, saving money.  If we combine movement sensors with the low wattage LED bulbs, we will save even more money for our school.


She suggested to us that we complete an energy survey so that we could see what energy we are using now and how much we would save by installing new light bulbs etc.  We said that we would collect the information she needs i.e. dimensions of the room, how many lights in each ceiling and how many lamps in each light.  Rachel will then come in and complete the audit with us.  This will then contribute to the information we present to Mr McGaw.

We thanked Rachel for coming and the meeting closed at 9.30am 

14th May 2013
Mrs Edwards
Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Daniel Thomas,
Jade Margetts, Isabella Henderson


 

Today we talked about energy.  We discussed what it was and what it is used for in our school.  We also talked about why it was important to reduce the amount of energy we used.  The children thought it was really important for the environment to save energy and Mrs Edwards said that saving money would be an added bonus.


Mrs Edwards told the children that Mr McGaw would like us to be in charge of reducing our energy bills by 10% over the next year.  Mrs Edwards asked for any suggestions.  The children said that the lights in the halls should be switched off when not in use and others suggested other rooms that we could do the same, for example, the ICT room.


Mrs Edwards asked Mr Rhind if we could make the computers go on standby when not being used for short periods of time.  Mr Rhind said he would look into it.


Mr Rhind also talked to us about lighting and how much money we could save by using LED strip lights which are low in energy and having movement sensors in the corridor.  Mr Rhind said he will organise for someone to come and talk to us about lighting.

Mrs Edwards suggested that we put together a presentation on our findings and present it to Mr McGaw.  The children seemed excited about this and were happy that they were having a voice in our school. 

19th March 2013
Mrs Edwards
Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Daniel Thomas,
Jade Margetts, Isabella Henderson

 

Mrs Edwards told the children about the new way of sending out letters in our school.  The ECO Councillors were happy with this and said it was a good way of reducing our waste.

 

Mrs Edwards explained that next week was Green Day and that we need to prepare for it.  Half of the group looked at the assembly and what lines they would say and the other half made posters.


Meeting Closed at 9.30am

5th March 2013
Mrs Edwards
Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Daniel Thomas,
Jade Margetts, Isabella Henderson


 

Mrs Edwards opened the meeting by congratulating them for last week's Green Flag Assessment and told them that we were successful!  Mrs Edwards showed them the Flag and told them of Mr McGaws plans to put it up in the ECO garden.  The children were really pleased!

 

The  children  took the walk to school charts and worked out who needed the January badge and counted them into envelopes. They didn’t finish so Jade and Isabella came at break and lunch time to finish them off. Mrs Edwards will put them in the registers tomorrow morning.

  12th February 2013
Mrs Edwards

Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Caitlin Scott, 
Daniel Thomas,
Jade Margetts, Isabella Henderson


 

 

We started off the session by reminding ourselves of our ECO code and what work we have done on it as a school. Mrs Edwards asked for the children to make sure that their classes new the ECO code too.

 

Jade and Isabella asked if they could talk to all of the children in assembly time about what can and cannot go into the recycling boxes. They went and wrote a speech to be read out on the first Monday backs assembly.

 

The rest of the children were split into three groups and given a topic. They then wrote top tips for each topic to put on the website. Mrs Edwards will put them onto the website during half term.

 

Meeting closed at 9.30am.

 

5th February 2013
Mrs Edwards
Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Caitlin Scott, 
Daniel Thomas,
Jade Margetts
 

 

 

Children welcomed and register taken

 

Mrs Edwards explained to the children that our green day assessors will be coming on the 27th February so over the next few weeks, we will be doing work towards the Green Flag.

 

Mrs Edwards explained that Mr Barton had a concern that therecycling was being put in the main bins instead of the recycling bins. One child said that she didn’t know which bin to put them into so we explained the correct bin. The children said that it is very difficult to empty the recycling boxes as a lot of trimmings, fruit cores and pencil shavings are put in there which makes it difficult to keep the carpark tidy. Mrs Edwards said that we would do an update in assembly to remind staff and pupils what to put in the bin.

 

Jade expressed concern that when she was tidying the P.E. cupboard, she saw some children who were not ECO councillors in the junior carpark. Mrs Edwards explained that the only children to do the litter picking were the ECO councillors but they were allowed to pick a friend to help them. Mrs Edwards reminded the children to tell the office staff when they go into the junior carpark.

 

The year 5 and 6 children then took the walk to school charts and worked out who needed the January badge and counted them into envelopes. They didn’t finish so Jade and Isabella came at break and lunch time to finish them off. Mrs Edwards will put them in the registers tomorrow morning.

 

While the year 5 and 6 children were doing that, Mrs Edwards and the other councillors talked about the ECO code and all the work we have already done for it.

 

Meeting closed at 9.30am.

8th January 2013
Mrs Edwards

Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Caitlin Scott, 
Daniel Thomas,
Jade Margetts

 

 

 

Mrs Edwards welcomed the children and wished them a happy new year.

 

We started by looking at the litter picking rota and the recycling rota to check that it was still okay. Sam and Dan decided that they did not want to do litter picking at lunch time so we chose some other children to do it. Mrs Edwards will update the rotas.

 

 

Mrs Edwards handed out new walk to school charts to those who had not returned the last set. Mrs Edwards explained that the children would not be allowed to have their badges until the filled in charts had been returned.

 

Mrs Edwards shared the Action Plan for the Spring Term with the children. They were very excited at the thought of another Green day and were happy with the other actions. Mrs Edwards explained that we are still waiting for the assessors to come out so that we can gain our Green Flag. Mrs Edwards also said that we would be doing another assembly update very soon. 

 

The children said that a lot of their teachers were making the effort to switch projectors off at lunchtime. Mrs Edwards suggested that when they have ICT, they make sure monitors are switched off at the end of each lesson. 

 

The children were unsure of our ECO code so we went through it again to refresh their memory.

 

The children were very concerned again that it takes a long time for the taps to switch off in the junior block. They were also angry that in both the girls and boys toilets people are putting rubbish in the toilets and throwing wet tissue paper on the ceiling. Mrs Edwards said that she would talk to Mr McGaw and Mrs Thorne.

 

Katie and Hannah asked if Mrs Edwards could help them get their brownie Environment badge. Mrs Edwards said she would look into it.

 

Meeting closed at 9.30am

20th November 2012
Mrs Edwards
Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Caitlin Scott, 
Daniel Thomas,
Isabella Henderson, Jade Margetts

 

Mrs Edwards opened the meeting by giving out the posters that they designed a few weeks back, reminding staff to turn their lights and projectors off when they are not being used.  Mrs Edwards asked for the children to stick their poster in a prominent place.

 

Katie was concerned that her class still didn't have a recycling box.  Mrs Edwards found one and gave it to her class teacher.

 

Mrs Edwards explained that there would be an ECO stall at the Christmas fayre.  There would be a 'guess the amount of seeds in Lottie' and a 'Guess the weight of the cake' competition. Prizes to be confirmed.

 

Mrs Edwards said that this would be an ideal opportunity to spread the message to parents and the wider community about how they can help save the environment.  The children designed posters with clear messages on, for example, have shorter showers etc.

 

Meeting closed at 9.30am

13th November 2012
Mrs Edwards
Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Caitlin Scott, 
Daniel Thomas,
Isabella Henderson, Jade Margetts


 

 

 

Mrs Edwards had a couple of notices to discuss with the children.  One is that they were not to look through or keep anything that they find in the recycling boxes and also that litter picking is not to be done on the field if the grass is wet.

 

Mrs Edwards then discussed the Green Flag with the children and explained that in order for us to be awarded the Green Flag, we would need to show that we have helped another school on their 'ECO' journey.  Mrs Edwards told the children that we have linked up with our French school and that they would like us to send them a questionnaire to fill in.    

 

The children spent the rest of the session thinking of questions they would like to ask the French school about what they do for the environment.

  Meeting closed at 9.30am  

16th October 2012
Mrs Edwards
Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Caitlin Scott, 
Daniel Thomas,
Isabella Henderson, Jade Margetts

 

We started our energy watch today.  We designed posters to help the teachers in the school remember to switch the projectors off at lunch and home time and the lights when they are not needed.  These will be laminated and given out to each class.

 

Jade and Isabella wrote an update for next weeks assembl about our findings from our environmental review.


 

Mrs Edwards explained that there would be no ECO meeting next week but that she would collect all of the October Walk to School wall charts in and get the badges ready for when we come back.  

  
Meeting closed at 9.30am

2nd October 2012
Mrs Edwards
Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu,

 

 

Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin,

Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Caitlin Scott, 
Daniel Thomas,
Isabella Henderson, 
 

 

In September, we started our 'Walk Once a Week' scheme. Today we collected all of the wallcharts and counted how many people needed a badge for walking once a week.

 

Caitlin assured me that her class's wallchart would be in that day and Isabella couldn't find her classes as Mr Russell is away on a residential. Mrs Edwards said that we would do 6R when they came back!

 

We then distributed the badges and new wallcharts for October.

Meeting Closed at 9.30am

25th September 2012
Mrs Edwards
Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose,
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Caitlin Scott, 
Daniel Thomas,
Isabella Henderson, 
Jade Margetts.

 

Mrs Edwards explained to the children that we need to complete this years environmental review.  The children were split into 3 teams to do this.  One team did a bin and litter audit, one team went to ask the site supervisor, Mr Barton, some questions and the other team went and stuck up posters to advertise this weeks green day and harvest festival. The team who did the bin audit expressed concern that the litter was very bad in the nursery grounds so they are going to start litter picking in that area this week.

 

When the children returned, Mrs Edwards reminded the children that we would be collecting the walk to school charts next week and to make sure they have been completed.
 

Meeting closed at 9.30am

18th September 2012
Mrs Edwards
Mrs McIlkenny (Parent Helper)

Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose,
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Caitlin Scott, 
Daniel Thomas,
Isabella Henderson, 
Jade Margetts.

 

Mrs Edwards introduced our parent representative today: Mrs McIlkenny.  The children told her about all the wonderful things that we have done in our school to help the environment: recycling, litter picking, green days, growing our own vegetables, going on an energy trip to Orbit Housing and lots more.

 

Mrs Edwards shared our action plan for the Autumn term today and told them what we have planned for the next term, in particular, an assembly to remind children of our ECO code, making sure teachers turn projectors off before lunch and home time and helping our international schools become more ECO aware.

 

 

 

We then sorted out new ECO rotas for recycling and litter picking.  Mrs Edwards will give a copy to each child, the office and will put on the ECO board and website.

 

 

Meeting Closed at 9.30am

11th September 2012
Laila Checketts, Sophie Edwards, 
Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Katy Duffin, 
Sam Turgoose,
Katie Adams,
Hannah Taylor, 
Caitlin Scott, 
Daniel Thomas,
Isabella Henderson, 
Jade Margetts. 

 


 

This was our first ECO Meeting after the holiday. We welcomed our new year 1 and year 3 ECO Councillors.  

 

 

 

 

Sarah Lardener, who works at Solihull Council, came in to our meeting today to talk to the children about what ECO schools is and also how we can get our green flag. It was a really good reminder to the children for what we are wanting to achieve. We will talk further about the Green flag in next weeks meeting. 

 

We briefly talked about the recycling jobs that will start on Thursday. 
 


Meeting closed at 9.30am. 

 

2011/12

 

Minutes of Meetings with 'Lotty the

Ladybird'

 

DATE
(Most recent at the top)
MEMBERS PRESENT

              MINUTES of the MEETING                



10th July 2012

Mrs Edwards, Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, Demi-Leigh Andrews, Hayden Marlow, Holly Nelson, Katie Adams, Hannah Taylor, Caitlin Scott, Daniel Thomas, Charlotte Edwards, Chelsea Jones.

 

  • Welcome and register taken.
  • Mrs Edwards told the children that we will be practising for the assembly next week.
  • We split into two groups.  The infants finished their 'green day' posters and the juniors wrote thank you letters to Orbit Housing Group.
  • Meeting closed at 9.30am.










 



4th July 2012

Mrs Edwards, Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, Demi-Leigh Andrews, Hayden Marlow, Holly Nelson, Katie Adams, Hannah Taylor, Caitlin Scott, Daniel Thomas, Charlotte Edwards, Chelsea Jones.

 

  • Welcome and register taken

 

  • The children were split into two groups: infants and juniors.

 

  • The infants started to design a poster to put up for Green Day on 18th July 2012.  They will finish them next week.

 

  • The juniors talked through the trip on Monday.  They are to come to Mrs Edwards' classroom in their school uniform and with a packed lunch.  Then then wrote down some questions that they might like to ask the housing company.  Mrs Edwards will type them up ready for Monday.

 

  • We then looked at the assembly script for ECO day and the children who wanted to participate were allocated parts and will be put in their register on Thursday.  They are to read through the script ready to run through next week.

 

  • Mrs Edwards explained that she would not be in tomorrow but the children should continue with their recycling tasks.

 

  • Meeting closed at 9.30am



26th June 2012

Mrs Edwards, Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, Demi-Leigh Andrews, Hayden Marlow, Holly Nelson, Katie Adams, Hannah Taylor, Caitlin Scott, Daniel Thomas, Charlotte Edwards, Chelsea Jones.



 

  • Welcome and Register Taken
  • Mrs Edwards explained that future meetings would be held in the ICT suite.  
  • The juniors were asked to make sure their trip reply slips were handed back ASAP.
  • Explained today's task.  The children split into pairs and went onto the computers to find out facts for various topics: energy, transport, water and recycling.  Will finish next week and Mrs Edwards will put on the website.
  • Chelsea and Charlotte wrote a script about the ECOKIDS textiles collection which is to be read out in assembly next week.  They didn't finish so they have agreed to do it one lunch time.
  • Meeting closed at 9.30am.
  • Recycling boxes were emptied on Thursday.



19th June 2012

Mrs Edwards, Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, Demi-Leigh Andrews, Hayden Marlow, Holly Nelson, Katie Adams, Hannah Taylor, Caitlin Scott, Daniel Thomas,  Charlotte Edwards, Chelsea Jones.


 
 

  • Welcome and register taken.
  • Mrs Edwards mentioned that the recycling was not being done once a week due to various other commitments from the children.  Therefore, it was decided that the children would empty the recycling boxes on a Thursday during assembly time.  A new rota was made with children being allocated a partner and box.  Charlotte said that she couldn't do the recycling at that time so she nominated Hannah Pettigrew to do this.

 

  • Children were reminded to continue litter picking at lunch times.

 

  • Talked briefly about the trip - the children will be given letters on Thursday when they come to do the recycling.  The infant children seemed disappointed that they were not going.  Mrs Edwards said that if the trip was successful, we might go again at some point.

 

  • Also briefly talked about Green day and that each year group would have a different topic and that we wouldn't use energy in the morning.

 

  • The children were keen to hand out certificates to some children as they been really helpful with ECO tasks, including one child who picked up a piece of litter without being asked.  The names were given to Mrs Edwards and she will sort them out.  The councillors asked if they could present the awards to the children.  Mrs Edwards said that she would find out.

 

  • Meeting Closed at 9.35am.

 

  • Recycling was emptied on Thursday

 


29th May 2012

Mrs Edwards, Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, Demi-Leigh Andrews, Hayden Marlow, Holly Nelson, Katie Adams, Hannah Taylor, Caitlin Scott, Daniel Thomas, Jade Margetts, Isabella Henderson, Charlotte Edwards, Chelsea Jones.



 

  • Welcome and register taken
  • Children told that teachers have been complaining that the recycling isn't being done.  Have reminded children that it needs to be done and the tick list ticked.  Mrs Edwards did remind children that I didn't expect them to give up their own time to do it, however, if they say that want to do it then they should do it.
  • The litter picking posters were collected and will be put on the outside gates.  Mrs Edwards will talk to Mr Barton about putting them up.
  • Asked Mr McGaw about the notebooks and he said that we can have access to them on Tuesday 19th June 2012.  We will look at the website then.

      Green Day

  • ECO Councillors wanted to take on a big part to the day.
  • Want to do an assesmbly about energy and to feed back on the trip.
  • Talked about making stuff out of recyclable material, possibly dressing up their ECO councillor.
  • Want to have a day without energy.  Could registers be done on paper for that day only?  Mrs Edwards said that she would ask.
  • Also suggested a whole school litter picking exercise.  
  • A suggestion was also made about having a stall.
  • Mrs Edwards said that she would discuss these ideas with Mrs Thorne.

       AOB

  • Chelsea had a concern about the water taps in the toilets.  She said that they went on for over 5 minutes.  She considered that to be a waste of water and so did the other children.  Mrs Edwards said that she would talk to Mr Barton about it.
  • One councillor also said that she regularly sees litter in the toilet, for example, wrappers.  Mrs Edwards will talk to Mrs Thorne about this issue.  Maybe we could talk to the children in assembly.
  • All of the children would like to see the ECO certificates handed out.  Mrs Edwards told them that if they think someone has done something good to help the environment then they can come and tell me.
  • Meeting closed at 9.30am
     

 

16th May 2012

Mrs Edwards, Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, Demi-Leigh Andrews, Hayden Marlow, Holly Nelson, Katie Adams, Hannah Taylor, Caitlin Scott, Daniel Thomas, Jade Margetts,  Charlotte Edwards, Chelsea Jones.

 

 

  • Welcome and register taken.

 

  • Eco Code given to those absent from the previous week.

 

  • Chelsea fed back that she had shared the ECO code with her class and also asked them for suggestions of how we can improve our school.  Chelsea will report back to us as and when she has any suggestions.

 

  • Daniel told us that we could do with updating the photos on the website.  Mrs Edwards said that she would arrange with Mr.McGaw after our Olympics day.

 

  • Hannah felt that she had too many jobs on the rota on a single day.  We adapted the rota to suit and will hand out new rota next week.

 

  • Gave new badges out to the children who had lost theirs and told that there might be a charge for replacements from now on.

 

  • Talked about Green Day.  The children were keen on this and asked if we could have a non uniform day to help fund our walk to school initiative.  Mrs Edwards will talk to Mrs Thorne.

 

  • Children started posters to put on the gates to ask people not to drop litter.  Will finish on the next meeting.

 

  • Children told that the next meeting would be on Thursday 24th May 2012.
  • Meeting closed at 9.30am

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th May 2012

Mrs Edwards, Ajshe-Blue Fejzullahu, Demi-Leigh Andrews, Hayden Marlow, Holly Nelson, Katie Adams, Hannah Taylor, Jade Margetts, Isabella Henderson, Charlotte Edwards, Chelsea Jones.

 

  • Welcome and register taken.

 

  • We had a look at the recycling rota and decided that there were too many boxes being emptied on a Friday.  We redid the the rotas and a copy was given out to all members of staff and ECO councillors.

 

  • Mrs Edwards explained that from 14th May 2012, there would be a tick sheet for the recycling and litter picking rota put up on the notice board.  They are to tick the box when they have completed their job.

 

  • Mrs Edwards went through the risks of going into the junior carpark.  They were told to make sure they have a tag around their neck and also to let the office know when they would be entering the junior carpark.

 

  • Charlotte and Chelsea were really pleased that their message about dropping litter was put into the newsletter.  They were told that next week they would be designing posters to put on the gate and around the school.

 

  • Mrs Edwards handed out ECO codes to each council member to put up in their classroom.  They were asked to share it with their class at a convenient time.

 

  • Isabella stated that she would not be able to attend next weeks meeting as she is going to Dunfield House and Charlotte and Chelsea said they are completing their SATS next week so would also be unable to attend.

 

  • Meeting closed at 9.30am.

 

 

 


 

1st May 2012

Mrs Edwards, Demi-Leigh Andrews, Hayden Marlow, Holly Nelson, Katy Adams, Hannah Taylor, Daniel Thomas, Caitlin Scott, Jade Margetts, Isabella Henderson, Charlotte Edwards, Chelsea Jones.

 


 

  • Welcome and register taken.

 

  • Recapped on last weeks meeting and updated on things that had happened since.

 

  • Sorted out litter picking rota and recycling rota which will be issued next week. 

 

  • Meeting Closed at 9.30am.











 



 




24.4.12

Mrs Edwards, Demi-Leigh Andrews, Hayden Marlow, Holly Nelson, Katie Adams, Hannah Taylor, Caitlin, Charlotte Edwards and Chelsea Jones


 

  • Welcome and register taken

 

  • Meetings - discussed new time of Eco meetings.  They all agreed that assembly times would be better suited for everyone.  Future meetings will now be held every Tuesday during assembly.

 

  • Talked about recycling and litter picking rotas.  As all of the councillors were not present because of learning curves, we decided to look at the rotas next week.
  • Caitlin was concerned that the other children in the school were doing their jobs of recycling and litter picking.  Mrs Edwards told them that it will be just the ECO councillors who will be doing those jobs in the future. Mrs Edwards also said that they would be given a jacket or some kind of pass when it was their time to do a job and that they would return it when they had finished their job.  Therefore, only children who had a pass could do the job.  They all seemed happy with this.

 

  • Talked about the litter situation.  They told me that it was very bad in the junior carpark and that they have seen members of the public throw litter through the fence.  We discussed how we could deal with that problem.  A suggestion was made to put a sign up on the gate and put something into the newsletter.  They are also going to start litter picking in the junior carpark.  Mrs Edwards has discussed risk assessments with SMc and LT and this has been agreed. We will design a sign next week.

 

  • Some ECO badges have been lost.  Mrs Edwards has told them to look very hard for them.  Lost badges will be replaced if necessary.

 

  • Charlotte and Chelsea would like to start an ECO council in their secondary school.  Mrs Edwards told them what a wonderful idea that was and that we would support them where we can.  We also mentioned that we need to help another school on their ECO journey to get our green flag so this would be beneficial to us too.

 

  • Discussed website and talked about how they would like to contribute.  Mrs Edwards explained that once we can have the notebooks, they can look on the website and decide what else to add.

 

  • Talked about Walking to School initiative in great detail.  They seem very keen to start this.  Caitlin has done this in a previous school and gave us some ideas.
  • Children asked about how much we raised in the ECOkids project.  They were pleased that we raised some money.

 

  • They also expressed a wish to update the children on our ECO developments in assemblies which Mrs Edwards said was a good idea.  They would also like to have an ECO newsletter.  Mrs Edwards suggested to use the website to communicate our news and to promote it more using the guest book.

       Meeting closed at 9.30am

 



19.1.12

Mrs Elsmore, Daniel Thomas, 

Haden Marlow, Ajshe-Bleu Fejzullahu,  Holly Nelson, Demi-Leigh Andrews,  Chelsea Jones, Charlotte Edwards,  Katie Adams, Lewis Fox,     

Caitlin, Isabella Henderson,  Jade Margetts

 


 

 

  • Welcome and register taken.
  • New Member - Councillors were informed on Chloe’s inability to continue in her role and Caitlin was now representing 4P. Caitlin was introduced to the group and made welcome. Haden raised the concern that his photo was not on the eco board as he started part way through last term. Photographs of Caitlin and Haden need to be taken. Mrs Elsmore will arrange this with Mr McGaw. 
  • Rotas – New rotas would be in place this term so Councillors were asked to confirm which days they were available to carry out these duties. Times and days were discussed and agreed. Holly suggested that everyone have their own copy of the rotas as she was never sure what day her litter picking duty was. Mrs Elsmore confirmed new rotas would be typed up and that all councillors would be given their own copy in Friday’s register.
  • Litter picking – Mrs Elsmore requested that litter pickers ensured that they carried out their jobs responsibly due to issues being raised by the dinner supervisors. Councillors were asked to work together and select just one friend to help to avoid any further complaints.
  • Recycling – It was discussed that boxes in the junior building were not being emptied regularly. Mrs Elsmore asked that all junior councillors emptied their own boxes on Friday mornings and asked for volunteers to ensure that Year 2, the ICT suite, Mrs Wardle’s room and 1A were also emptied. Mrs Elsmore also asked that the Office’s box be emptied three times a week. A new rota for this will be in place. Councillors were then given the opportunity to empty the recycling boxes from the Infant building.
  • Mrs Elsmore asked Councillors for their opinions on the Eco garden layout for this year, as Mrs Thorne would like to take any of their suggestions to the gardeners to see if additional items could be grown. Mrs Elsmore asked Councillors to research types of plant or flowers they would like to grow over the coming week and bring their requests to the next meeting.

Meeting closed at 16.30

 

 



03.11.11
 

Mrs Elsmore, Daniel 
Thomas,  Demi-Leigh Andrews, Chelsea Jones,  

Tyler Luckock,Isabella Henderson, Lewis Fox, 

Charlotte Edwards,      

Katy Adams, HollyNelson,  Aisha Mughal,  

Ajshe- Bleu Fejzullah

 

  • Welcome and register taken.
     
  • Website - Councillors were given the opportunity to look at the new Eco part of the school’s website. The councillors were excited to see it and were looking forward to their recent photographs being uploaded.
     
  • Eco Awards – the councillors were very excited about this idea and discussions took place as to how they would be awarded and by whom. It was suggested that during our next assembly the councillors could introduce the awards to the school and explain how the children could achieve them. Daniel suggested that they could launch the new award by presenting children with them. These children would be select for helping the councillors with recycling and litter picking. Lewis asked if teachers could be given an award, Mrs Elsmore confirmed that they could be nominated. However, Charlotte said she did not think teachers should have them as they set homework, which she thought used too much paper!
     
  • Badges - Mrs Elsmore confirmed to the councillors that she had queried the new badge orders, and unfortunately, the order had not been processed so a new order would now have to be placed. Mrs Elsmore will ensure that new badges are ordered.
     
  • New Rotas – Councillors discussed the option of having new recycling rotas. It was decided that during Thursday’s meeting children would empty the boxes in the Infant building. Councillors would then be responsible for emptying their own class box plus an additional box in the junior building on a Friday. Mrs Elsmore will put new rotas on the notice board.
     
  • Environmental Review – Children helped to complete the Environmental Review, which will then be used to produce an action plan. 
     
  • Pledge Tree display - Following the pledges made on Green day, Mrs Elsmore explained to the councillors a pledge tree would be displayed in the reading area next to the office. Children were given the opportunity to help paint the trunk for the tree. This will then be put up once dried and leaves would be used from a selection of those submitted. Lewis told the group that Year 3 had made their very own tree that was already on display in the Year 3 corridor. Mrs Elsmore will take a photograph of this display for the website.
     
  • Meeting closed at 16.30.

 

 

 

 

 

20-10-11

 

Mrs Elsmore, Daniel Thomas, Demi-Leigh 
Andrews, Aisha 
Mughal,
 Isabella 
Henderson

 

 

  • Welcome and register taken.
  • Children started by emptying the recycling boxes in the infant building. Councillors were unable to complete the whole school due the collection bin being full.
  • Councillors were informed of the of news that Hannah Stainer had decided that she was no longer able to continue in her role of Eco Councillor. As Lewis is currently job sharing the role with her, the role would now be a full time one for Lewis.
  • Councillors enquired about badges. Some children did not have a badge so Mrs Elsmore said she would chase up the order with Mr McGaw.
  • Councillors were informed that their photographs would be taken for the website and notice board after the half term.
  • Councillors suggested the idea that a new paper recycling box should be purchased for Mrs Thorne as they were aware that she did not have one in her office.
  • Councillors went to water the trees.
  • Councillors finished by designing posters which could be used to promote the Eco Kids Textile Recycling project.
  • Meeting closed at 16.30.

 

 


13-10-11

Mrs Elsmore, Daniel 
Thomas,  Demi-Leigh Andrews, Tyler 
Lukock, Lewis Fox,
Katy Adams, Holly Nelson, Chloe Buswell, Aisha 

Mughal, Ajsha-Blue
     Fejzullahu      

            


 

 

  • Welcome and register taken.
  • Councillors were given information about the next project Eco Council would be undertaking – Eco Kids textile recycling. Councillors discussed ideas for an assembly and what tasks needed to be completed prior to the launch.
  • Mrs Elsmore informed Councillors that watering of the Eco garden would no longer be required due to the garden being closed down over the winter.  Children were asked to keep watering the trees and it was decided that a rota would be put in place to ensure this would happen.
  • Issues were raised about the recycling.  Lewis claimed that he did not get a chance to carry out this job as other children in the school were doing it for him.  This claim was backed up by other councillors.  Mrs Elsmore said she would speak to the children involved.  If it continued Mrs Elsmore would raise the issue during the next staff meeting so that all staff were aware of which children should be recycling.
  • Councillors watered the trees.
  • Children were then given the opportunity to collate ideas for the textile recycling assembly.
  • Meeting closed at 16.30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



28-09-2011

Mrs Elsmore, Daniel Thomas, 
Demi-Leigh Andrews, Chelsea Jones,
Tyler Luckock, Isabella Henderson, 
Lewis Fox, Charlotte Edwards, 
Katy Adams,  Holly 
Nelson, Chloe Buswell, 
Aisha Mughal,
Ajshe- Bleu Fejzullahu,


 

  • Welcome & Register
     
  • Councillors were informed of the changes to the tree planting activity.  Mrs Elsmore explained that as the trees were very small and delicate they would need to be planted in a protected area to ensure they grew.  Councillors were informed that the trees would be moved after 2 years and would then be planted in the areas they had previously requested. 
     
  • Mrs Elsmore asked the children if they were happy to take part in Friday’s assembly.  Ajshe-Bleu said she wanted to take part did not want a speaking part.  Roles were allocated to each councillor.  Rehearsals for the assembly took place.
     
  • Ajshe-Bleu wanted to confirm rotas.  Mrs Elsmore reminded the children that all recycling rotas were on the Eco Board, and asked the councillors to check if they were not sure.  Mrs Elsmore also reminded councillors to inform her if they were unable to carry out their duty for any reason. 
     
  • Lewis raised an issue regarding lunch time garden watering. He requested that councillors were given early lunch passes so they could eat their lunch before carrying out their duties.  Mrs Elsmore explained that this request could not be considered due to Ms Wisdom not being available after 1 o’clock to do the watering with them. 
     
  • Isabella suggested the idea of older councillors (Years 5 and 6) being given more responsibility for watering the garden.  Her recommendations would allow the councillors to have their lunch as normal, then carry out the watering but unsupervised.
     
  • Mrs Elsmore reminded the councillors to wear Green.
     
  • Time finished: 16.30

 

 

 

 

09-09-2011

 

Mrs Elsmore, 
Daniel Thomas,

Rajvir Virdi, Chelsea Jones,
Amy Westwood, Isabella Henderson, 
Jade Margetts, Lewis Fox, 
Hannah Stanier, Charlotte Edwards, Katy Adams, 
Holly Nelson, Chloe Buswell
Ajshe- Bleu Fejzullahu,

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Welcome and register taken.
  • Mrs Elsmore spoke to the councillors about the new arrangements for eco council meetings, which would start on Thursday 22nd September 2011. It was put forward to the councillors that the meetings would now take place after school rather than during assembly. Chloe Buswell said that she may have a problem with attending an after school meeting. Mrs Elsmore told the children that they would be given a letter and permission slip to take home tonight, which would need to be returned by Tuesday 13th September.
  • Mrs Elsmore spoke about the new plans for the new year, which would involve a “Green Day”, tree planting, composting fruit, an Eco Audit, and a new fruit composting scheme.    

 

  • A provisional recycling rota was agreed. Councillors agreed to ensure their class recycling boxes were emptied. Year 6 children were asked to ensure Year 1 boxes were empties, and Year 5 children were asked to ensure Year 2 boxes were emptied. A new rota will be in agreed next meeting. 
  • A provisional Eco garden watering rota was agreed for Tuesday 13th September. It was agreed that Katy Adams, Lewis Fox, Charlotte Edwards, Jade Margotts, Isabella Henderson and Holly Nelson would be responsible for ensuring this task was carried out.                                

 

  • Meeting closed at 9.35am. 

 

 

 

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