In November the Eco Council received the first Eco Schools award.
They did this by carrying out an environmental audit of the school and writing an action plan of how we can all work together to move forward.
A message from Matthew Hahn our Governor member of the Eco Council.
I am proud to be a member of Stella Maris’s Eco Council. I have been so impressed by the students’ dedication and focus in wanting to change the school’s relationship with their ecology and climate change by taking responsible action both as individuals and as a school. In June 2019, Pope Francis declared a ‘climate emergency’ and warned of the dangers of global heating saying that a failure at act urgently to reduce greenhouse gases would be “a brutal act of injustice toward the poor and future generations”. I am so pleased to see that the students of Stella Maris leading on Pope’s call to action. I look forward to working with them now and in the future to make sure we do our best to mitigate this climate catastrophe for all of us but especially ‘the poor and future generations’.
Our 3 areas of development, according to our action plan:
1) Litter - we are hoping to set up a system where each class maintains their own classroom and playground area in the short term, with posters and compost buckets etc. In the longer term we have been invited to take part in local schemes too!
2) Biodiversity - When the Eco Council carried out our school audit, many children did not know what the word meant. The Eco Council are going to produce a PowerPoint about what it is and how it impacts on all of our lives.
3) Rubbish - We would like to reduce the amount of rubbish we produce (most especially in packed lunches) such as cling film and silver foil. We are going to ask the children in school to gather up plastic take away containers, which we will decorate and show all children how this recycling helps to reduce rubbish.
Eco Schools and Remote Learning:
Whilst we all do our best to recycle, there are many plastics that cannot be recycled or that are designed to be used just once.
Please look at the links below and explore what plastic pollution is and how we can reduce it.
I'd love some pictures, photos or posters to put up on the Eco Council page. So please get creative! Mrs Ruiz
Plastic pollution PowerPoint from Twinkl
Wonderful Work About The Environment
What is Eco-Schools?
Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme on the planet.
Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the simple Seven-Step framework in order to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag award, for some years.
Our Eco-Schools Council
We have set up our Eco-School Council, which includes 2 children from every class from Reception to Year 5 and 3 children from Year 6. Mrs Huotari has also chosen her own representative, who shows a love for the subject and has some super ideas too. The older children work with the younger children and we all discuss what our school is really good at and there are many items in this category (not many schools have fire pits, raised beds, school pets and prayer gardens), and what we can do to help to make our school even more eco friendly. We meet every other Thursday at break time and have spent our last three meetings carrying out an audit of the 10 areas that Eco-Schools consider.