Eco Council

We are proud to present our fresh-faced, brand new Eco Council members for 2018-2019. We are ready for action!

The Eco Council work together behind the scenes of our school to make sure we are caring for our environment at all times.

We fly our Green Flag with pride, awarded by 'Eco-Schools' for our continued dedication to learning in a more sustainable environment. Each year group is represented on the council, voted in by their classmates and meet regularly discuss Eco ideas.

To date we have been a part of so many projects... building a greenhouse from recycled plastic bottles, designing and building a composter, planting wildlife flowers for the birds and butterflies to enjoy, making bird feeders, switching our lights off to save energy, making a recycling point to collect plastic and paper, collecting used clothes, cleaning up Northwich with a Womble... The list is endless and the Eco Council are proud to be behind all of these school-changing projects.

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~~Message Board~~

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING OLD BATTERIES, STAMPS, GLASSES AND MOBILE PHONES IN TO SCHOOL! WE WILL RECYCLE THEM FOR YOU!!

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We are now collecting the following items for the writing instruments recycling programme - mechanical pencils, correction fluid, fountain pens & ink cartridges.

We are delighted that our school has just become a 'Bic Community Champion' by offering to collect old writing instruments which are then sent for recycling. The scheme is run in association with a company called Terracycle and BIC pens and the collection box is in the school reception area. All writing instruments (expect for wooden pencils and chalk) are accepted : Any brand of pen, felt tip, highlighter, marker, correction fluid pot, correction tape, mechanical pencil and eraser pen can be put in our collection box.

The school's eco-committee are inviting any local schools, companies or members of the community to bring in any old pens etc which will then be collected and sent for recycling. Any funds raised from the scheme will be given to the PTA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are we working on?

Eco-council News from our meeting on the 6th March.

We had a special guest at our meeting today, Mr Lambert our site manager was invited to join us so we could find out how he helps us with our eco school responsibilities.

Energy news

We asked Mr Lambert about the electricity we use in school. Eco-councillors looked at some charts which showed that the amount of energy we use has fallen compared to the same period last year. We thought that this fall was due our new LED lights which were installed in school during the summer holidays. The LED lights use much less energy than the old lights. The new lights also have special sensors which mean that they turn off automatically if there is no-one in the room, for example in the classrooms and toilets.

Mr Lambert locks the school every night and has to check each classroom. He has noticed that teachers sometimes leave computers and whiteboards on. Eco-councillors need to remind teachers to look at the eco-checklist that is in each classroom and turn everything off before they go home!

Recycling and rubbish

We asked Mr Lambert about recycling. Mr Lambert helps empty our recycling bins. A new company will be collecting our rubbish after the Easter holidays, they have special machines which will sort all our waste and make sure we are recycling as much as possible. Mr Lambert said that the company let school groups visit their centre to see what happens to the rubbish. Eco-councillors thought that this would be a really interesting trip, we will ask Mrs Magiera if this can be fitted in in the summer term.

Assembly and ‘Big Spring Clean’

Finally we talked about plans for our eco-assembly We are going to remind everyone about our eco-code and the writing instruments recycling scheme.

Mrs Merison wondered if the eco-council would like to join in the ‘Big Spring Clean’ by picking up litter in the areas around school. The councillors thought this was a good idea. Mr Lambert offered to collect the litter he picks up in the play ground over the next week so we can show children in our eco-assembly and remind everyone not to drop litter! The spring clean will be done after our special assembly.

Eco assembly – Go Green! Friday 23rd March

 Eco-councillors took the chance to remind our school community and parents about our eco-code   when they led part of our celebration assembly on Friday   23rd March.

 We also reminded everyone about how important it is to put litter in the bin! Mr Lambert had   collected the litter from the playground for the whole week. Look  how much there was! Don’t be litter   bugs- use the bins.

 

 

Great Spring Clean

The eco-council joined the national ‘Spring Clean’ by collecting litter in the area to the front of school, and along the path in front of the churchyard wall. We were shocked how much litter we found and felt very proud that we managed to make such a big improvement to the areas near our school. Younger members of the eco-council collected litter in the playground.

enlightenedLooking after our wildlife

During the cold months, we have been making sure that our wild birds are fept fit and healthy by filling up the birdfeeders and making sure water is available. 

We took part in the 'Big Garden Birdwatch' at the end of January and submitted our findings to the RSPB. They will collate all of the results from schools and families and analyse the data to build a picture of garden wildlife accross the UK. 

We have had an email to thank us for 'being part of something HUGE!

      

We spotted many birds in our wildlife garden, including the ones pictured here. 

        

enlightenedSwitching off - Reducing our carbon footprint.

Our main focus this year is to  reduce our electricity consumption. Mrs Fozard and the Eco Council will be taking weekly meter readings to keep a close eye on the amount of electricity we are using. The results they gather will be displayed on the Eco Council Notice Board where the children will be able to clearly see whether we have consumed MORE or LESS electricity compared to the previous week. The children know that in order to save electricity (and money) we need to remember to SWITCH OFF electrical items that we are not using! These are mainly:

 Air Conditioning     Lights     Computer Screens     Projectors     White Boards  

 We hope that in making the children are more ecologically aware at school, they will take ideas home to help save electricity and money there as well!

 

enlightenedTravel to School 

Don't forget our travel to school survey... walking to school is better for your body, the environment and your purse!. Try to leave your car at home whenever you can.

enlightenedECO BEAR!

Every week in Celebration Assembly our mascot, 'Eco Bear' is awarded to the classroom that has shown how environmentally aware they are. The Eco Council are always looking out for classes that have gone above and beyond the guidelines of our school Eco Code and are working hard to save electricity, reduce, reuse, recycle and repair.

          

Minutes from meetings...

 
 

Eco Meeting 25/1/17

Discussion points:

  • Litter picking
  • Big School Birdwatch
  • Pets at Home
  • Looking after our wildlife

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Litter picking - Eco Council to remember to bring their wellies in to school so that we can access all areas of the playground.

Big School Birdwatch - Resources on the way, ordered from the RSPB. Children suggested borrowing some binoculars to help us see the birds.

Pets at home - We discussed booking a session with Pets at Home to learn more about looking after our wild birds. Mrs Fozard will organise a visit.

Looking after our wildlife - We discussed how difficult it was to get to our birdfeeders as the wildlife garden is a bit overgrown with brambles. The Eco Council will talk to Mr Lambert to ask if he could help with cutting these back. 

 

 

 

            

 

Contact the School

Witton Church Walk CE Aided Primary School

Church Walk
Northwich
Cheshire
CW9 5QQ

Main Contact: Mrs T Foulkes - Bursar

Tel: 01606 288128
admin@wittonwalk.cheshire.sch.uk