Eco Committee

ECO COMMITTEE

Congratulations to the above pupils for being elected as the new Eco Committee for 2019/20.

At Hazlehead, we have 5 working groups which pupils can opt into.  60 pupils wanted to join Eco.  The pupils then select the sub group they want to be involved in based on the Eco Topics decided through the audit and their interest in them.

  • All Eco Group members were asked to consider if they wanted to become a Committee member
  • To become elected the pupils presented to the Eco Group reasons why they would be a great choice
  • The remainder of the Eco Group made a choice and voted
  • The Eco Group Committee Members were elected
  • They were introduced to the whole school at assembly
  • The Eco Committee invited specific adults within our community to join the committee, including Mr. Paul (School Janitor) , Miss. Simpson (Nursery Teacher) and Miss. MacDonald (Parent)
  • The Eco Committee met to discuss and agree our agenda
  • Appropriate partners were identified to link with for helping us to action specific targets from our individual plans
  • The Eco Committee meet regularly to discuss progress with the 3 action plans and next steps

 

WORKING GROUP MINUTES

 

2018/19

*Prior to this date and after the submission of our third Green Flag application, the new Eco Working Group would have been decided as all pupils are invited to sign up for one of our 5 school working groups.

 

Date Target: Progress
15th March 2019 *Aim to launch new Green Flag journey in conjunction with Our Global World cross-curricular focus by posing the Change One Thing challenge to all pupils.

*We also decided as a whole group that all classes should take responsibility for litter picking.  We spoke with Mrs. Jones who has agreed for a new rota to be put in place.

10th May 2019 *Shona Grimmer, Rag Bag came to speak to the Eco Working Group to talk about the proposal of a permanent clothing bank being installed in the school grounds to see if we were interested.

*Following the presentation, we were unanimous in agreeing for this to go ahead.

* Update: New litter rota involving all classes and all pupils in place.

17th May 2019 *Environmental Review carried out with all Eco Working Group pupils and topics decided.

*Email sent to Robertsons requesting permission to have a permanent clothing bank on site with proposed area photographed.

*Look at submissions for Change One Thing.  Rotunda will be used to display entries.

14th June 2019 *3 sub groups create their action plan of specific targets for focus for the next 2 years.

*Eco Committee process for application explained along with their role.

*Update: Robertsons have agreed for the installation of the permanent clothing bank.

*Update: The Change One Thing open afternoon event was a great success with many parents visiting the display in the rotunda.

21st June 2019 *Eco Committee elections and year group members voted in by secret ballot.

*Eco Code revamped and sent to pupils, staff, parents and partners for feedback.

Eco Committee met out with this time

*Roles and responsibilities explained.

*Expectations from all members agreed.

 

 

 

 

2019/20

Date Target: Progress
23rd August 2019 Litter Focus Point 3

*We reviewed the litter rota and discussed our thoughts on it – is it working?  Early indications from staff and pupils involved appears that it is working well.

*Each class is told when it is their month and it is up to the individual class to decide their rota.

  School Grounds Focus Point 1

*We went outside and walked around our school grounds to really look at what was in it and to consider how the space is used.

  Waste Focus Point 1

*We discussed what we mean by waste and identified examples.

*We discussed types of waste and investigated what happens to all our rubbish.

6th September 2019 Litter Focus Point 3

*We did a litter pick audit to see how much equipment we have.

*Whilst our equipment is in good condition, we do think we could benefit from more to allow big classes to go out and work in pairs or small groups.

  School Grounds Focus Point 1

*We created a birds eye view map of our school grounds to show how the areas are being used.

  Waste Focus Point 1

*We investigated different types of waste to think about how long it would take to decompose in the ground.

*Some of our predications were accurate while some really surprised us!

*We want to share our findings with the rest of the school so we have planned a display to feature beside our eco board.  We hope it will encourage the school to recycle more once they learn about how long it takes for some things to decompose.

13th September 2019 Litter Focus Point 5

*We did a bin audit of what we have inside the school.  We have enough bins and don’t need any more.  We have enough green caddies for each class for composting which Waste Minimisation will be planning at some point.

  School Grounds Focus Point

*We supported the Litter Group by doing a litter pick around the outside boundary area of our school grounds.

  Waste Focus Point 1

*We started to make a display in the corridor to explain what happens in a landfill.  It will tell the stages in the process and show examples of waste noting how long it takes to decompose.  It will be a mixture of text and pictures.

Eco Committee met out with this time

*Sub-group action plans were discussed with progress to date.

*Highlighted the value of working with the community working group.

*Health Group to support Waste with action plan – details to discuss further.

*Mr. Paul pleased with how the litter rota is progressing.

*No next steps were identified.

1st November 2019 Litter Focus Point 1

*We made eye-catching posters to display around the school to encourage good habits.  We worked the Community Group on this too.

  School Grounds Focus Point 3

*We worked with the Community Group to maintain the school grounds, in particular the messy garden.

  Waste Focus Point 1

*Our display is finished.  It is very eye catching and informative.  We have made it very child friendly so everyone will learn something new.

8th November 2019 Litter Focus Point 1

*We continued making our posters with the Community Group.  They are now on display around the school.

  School Grounds Focus Point 3

*We continued working with the Community Group to maintain the school grounds, in particular the messy garden.

  Waste Focus Point 1

*We investigated what happens to our general waste and food waste by watching various video clips.

*We looked at where the facilities are on a map.

15th November 2019 Litter Focus Point 7

*We did some litter picking around the school grounds.

  School Grounds Focus Point 2

*We made some bird feeders for our school grounds and put them outside.

  Waste Focus Point 1

*We studied statistics on waste from Aberdeen City Council.  We can clearly see that as recycling is improving in the city, the amount of waste being sent to landfill has more than halved.

10th January 2020 Litter Focus Point 7

*We did some litter picking around the school grounds.

  School Grounds Focus Point 2

*We created a Jamboard to find out from pupils what they think of the school grounds.

  Waste Focus Point 1

*Preparation for Altens Facility site visit on 15/2/20 with questions to ask noted.

*Update: Clothing Bank installed 5.12.20 and already is half full.

17th January 2020 Litter Focus Point 1

*We spoke with Mr. Paul, our school janitor, about the litter that was being put in the bins.  He told us that it was mainly crisp packets, sweet wrappers and food waste/peelings.

  School Grounds Focus Point 2

*We looked at the Jamboard responses to see what was realistic.

*We identified the following as being realistic for moving forward.

·       Plants and flowers in class-based planters

·       Bird watching area for Nursery pupils

·       A plastic bottle greenhouse

·       Repaint the wooden benches

Eco Committee met out with this time.

*School Grounds Jamboard was discussed – interesting ideas.

*Mrs. Stuart to ask Mrs. Jones about bench painting – who can help.

*Outcome of Altens visit shared – details to go on website for others to watch.

*Jen Hickling has agreed to support Big School Birdwatch 2020.

*Committee agreement that awareness assemblies by each group should be planned for Term 4 to update pupils on progress and increase their knowledge and awareness of their responsibility for their school both inside and outside.  Mrs. Jones has agreed to this.  Dates to be confirmed.

  Waste Focus Point 1

*Pupils who visited Altens Facility to share their experience with the rest of the group.

*Photographs of visit and video clips from the site used to share the experience with the rest of the group.

*Thank you email sent to Altens Facility.

24th January 2020 Litter Focus Point 8

*We created a Jamboard to find out ideas for discouraging litter dropping.

  School Grounds Focus Point 4

*We participated in the Big Schools Birdwatch 2020.  Thank you to Jen Hickling from Countryside Ranger for her support.

  Waste Focus Point 1

*We discussed waste reduction – what it is about and why it is important.

21st February 2020 Litter Focus Point 8

*We looked at the Jamboard ideas and discussed possibilities for trialling.  We will build this into the proposed assembly.

  School Grounds Focus Point 2

*We created more bird feeders for our school grounds.

  Waste Focus Point 1

*We looked at the reduce-reuse-recycle message and broke it down to understand what each means.

*We discussed what we already do in school to promote the message.

28th February 2020 Litter Focus Point 1

*We discussed the idea of planning and delivering a litter assembly.  We would tie it in with the proposed waste assembly.

  School Grounds Focus Point 2

*We researched how to make a bottle greenhouse for our school grounds.

  Waste Focus Point 1

*We discussed the idea of planning and delivering of a waste assembly to inform pupils and staff about what it means and why we should reduce-reuse-recycle.

6th March 2020 Litter Focus Point 1

*We continued the litter assembly planning.

  School Grounds Focus Point 2

*We started to make models of what this would look like in reality.

  Waste Focus Point 1

*We continued the waste assembly planning.

24th April 2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC: HOME LEARNING
1st May 2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC: HOME LEARNING
15th May 2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC: HOME LEARNING
29th May 2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC: HOME LEARNING

 

Please note, during the home learning period, there was no active work on our action plan.  It had to be put on hold due to the unprecedented circumstances we found ourselves in.

 

When we returned to school in August, two individual classes were given the responsibility of continuing our action plans due to strict COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.  Therefore, they didn’t keep specific minutes of developments.  Instead, they uploaded evidence of their progress with targets on the Eco website to allow everyone the opportunity to see how they were getting on.

 

2020/21

 

Date Target: Progress
27th November 2020 *Ethos site set up with examples of activities pupils can do for their working group.  This continued to be available for access during the home learning period.  However, this was not well accessed by pupils as it was optional for them.
8th January 2021 COVID-19 PANDEMIC: HOME LEARNING
15th January 2021 COVID-19 PANDEMIC: HOME LEARNING
29th January 2021 COVID-19 PANDEMIC: HOME LEARNING
26th February 2021 COVID-19 PANDEMIC: HOME LEARNING
26th March 2021 *All progress with sub-group plans shared by staff members.

*Eco Committee to virtually meet to identify final steps prior to Green Flag submission.

16th April 2021 *All sub-groups ensuring that their section on the eco board is up-to-date with all information about their action plan progress.
14th May 2021 *All classes encouraged to visit the eco page on the school’s website to see the evidence the working group are submitting to Eco-Schools Scotland