The first meeting of our newly formed Eco Committee was held on the 8th March 2018. As it we were celebrating World Book Day, everyone looked amazing! The most important outcome was reviewing the results of our whole school class votes on Gourdon School’s Eco Priorities. This year, the children have voted to focus on Biodiversity and Food in addition to the national priority of Litter.
All classes have since worked with Mrs Montgomery to conduct a series of Environmental Reviews, the results of which are now being used to form our Gourdon School Eco Action Plan. The Eco Committee look forward to sharing this when it is finalised.
The Committee is keen to work with all members of our community. If you would like to become involved with our meetings and activities, we would love to hear from you.
Samantha (P1), Scarlett (P2) , Alex (P3), Rosie (P4), Zak (P5), Georgia (P6) & Archie (P7)
We had super Celebration Assembly on Tuesday where we shared what each of our Eco-schools working groups had been doing this session and what they were planning to do next to make our school Greener!
Our Bio-Diversity group supported by Mrs Boyd shared they are building a bug hotel to attract insects to our playground and are asking for donations of old wooden spoons and plastic bottles to make bird feeders. Look out for the bird feeders already attracting wild birds to our school grounds. Fantastic effort from the whole group and a brilliant presentation at assembly—great work!
Recycling group supported by Mrs Montgomery have already started to encourage our school to cut down on the amount of paper we use by asking ourselves if we really need to use it and to use both sides. They are planning ot collect the recycling bins on a regular basis and will be awarding marbles to the class with the least amount of paper waste. They also have plans to collect mobiles phones for recycling and raise funds to buy a composter from the Council at a cost of £35 so we can recycle our food waste and help the Bio-Diversity group with compost for growing plants and vegetables. Great work everyone!
Our Healthy Living group supported by Ms MacDonald have already been collecting healthy tuck information from home and at school to find out what kinds of healthy foods we would like to buy at tuck shop. They are also going to be giving special stickers to healthy lunch boxes and wrapper free snack on wrapper free Wednesdays! Super plans—well done!
Mrs Cormack and the Litter group have completed their litter pick in our school grounds and have made posters to display around the school reminding us that litter is anything that is left in the wrong place. They shared a wonderful presentation which made us think that its everyone’s responsibility to make sure that we all keep our school tidy.
Our Energy Group supported by Mrs Christie , shared their aim to reduce the amount of electricity we use by recording how much we use at the beginning and end of each day, switching off lights and Smartboards when not in use. They also highlighted the many different ways in which we use energy around the school and to check our Eco-board to see which class has been awarded the certificate for using the least amount of energy each week. Another great presentation—well done everyone!
Our Eco-groups meet every Tuesday at 1.30pm to 2.30pm. If you would like to support any of our groups or lend a hand with some of the activities , we love to hear from you.
Gourdon School is an Eco School – Environmental awareness and action are an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of our school community. We are part of the Eco-schools programme – an international initiative designed to encourage whole school action for the environment. We are currently working towards the green flag which is the top level of award in the programme. It is a recognised award scheme that accredits schools who make a commitment to continuously improve their environmental performance.
The ‘Rag Bag’ recycling scheme has been developed to provide regular fundraising for schools and nurseries in Scotland.
Our next collection date is tbc.