Eco Committee Business Meeting Minutes

Global Citizens – Business meeting
Date: 07-05-13

Present: Holly Taylor, Josh Diamond, Eaun Frize, Alex Taylor, Orla Proctor, Jamie Cramb, Vienna Russell, Aron Curwen
Happy Healthy Garden Group –
Nursey Representative – Alasdair Byrne, Mrs MacGregor, Miss Lauchlan

Apologies/ absent: Izzy Gordon-Rigby

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How are we getting on?

Our third green flag Eco Assessment happened on 18th March 2013. We got our third green flag. When we did the tour we went everywhere and it went really well, we had a lot to show and it wasn’t as scary as we thought it was going to be. They liked that we had planted bulbs and made litter posters.

Report from Nursery
• Plant butterfly flowers
• Learn about butterflies
• Waiting for the caterpillars to arrive
• Learning about Fair trade with Charlie and Lola book
• Maybe could use lolly sticks as plant markers

What we’ve enjoyed and what we might do next
Going outside with the big buddies
Learning about habitats up in the forest and building Hex bug habitats with re-cycled materials

Report from Happy Healthy Garden Group
• Keep on finding out about bugs
• Build bug hotel
• Finish books and make them about birds and bugs
• Team challenges
• Learning the difference between insects and spiders
What we enjoyed and might do next
The team games were fun, they helped me not fall off the climbing wall.
They helped do team work.
Helped support bugs to find them a nice home.
Learning about birds, made a book and learned there were lots of different types.
We listened to the birds and took pictures of them

Report from Global Citizens
• Litter and recycling
• Mud Kitchen, leaflet needs to go out and stuff needs to be donated
• Build the mud kitchen
• Share rules about mud kitchen in assembly
• Find out about being a Fair Trade school
• Start looking at our energy use
• Assessment went really well.
• Rota seems to be working, well done to everyone for putting equipment away when it’s finished with.
• Making mud kitchen for making potions and mud pies.

Green Flag Assessment

We are delighted to announce that Mrs Kinvig and the Global Citizenship Group have proudly led our school to successfully passing our Green Flag assessment on Monday 18th March 2013. All the children are incredibly proud of this achievement and are delighted that St Mary’s Episcopal Primary School continues on as an Eco School.

New Eco Code!

On the 15th of March 2012 the pupil council chose the new ECO code for the school. We all had a chance to design one at home or at school. it was very hard to choose so they took sections of the better ones and put the sections all into one. Thanks to Mrs Reid who helped put the logos/symbols together as well as the New ECO code. The ECO code is now going to be “ECO  “Together Friendly Forever” by Alban Sayers. A peacock by Millie in the nursery. A butterfly by Ronja also in the nursery. Fin Carr did an ECO acrostic poem. And a Jaguar by Olly Smith in the nursery.

By Ramsay


Scooping a European Award for Waste!

We entered a competition to see how much we can reduce our food waste and we reduced it enough to win this award! We got presented this trophy on the day of the school show so that everyone could see it and then the eco committee got their photos taken for the newspaper. We are very pleased that we earned this award and are going to carry on weighing the waste to try and get it down to no waste at all. The trophy was recycled spoons and forks and the top was a silver cup so it was very eco to show that we are an eco school. We also got a certificate to certify that we had won the European waste aware award.

By Madeline and Elliot


School Show – A Right Performance

The school show will go ahead as planned with performances on Tuesday 31st May at 10.00am and Wednesday 1st June at 6.30pm. The ‘costume’ for the show is casual clothes. Children should wear jeans and a brightly coloured top- plain if possible. Children can come to school in the casual clothes and do not need to bring uniform on Tuesday. At the performance Alyn Smith who is the member of the European Parliament for Scotland will present the prize for European Week of Waste Aware to the ECO Committee.

School Achievements!

The school has recently won two awards. One of them was for having the most creative idea for weighing the waste in lunch halls.  The trophy was made out of spoons, forks and a cup. It was all recycled things. We were in the final against a school from Portugal and a school from Sweden. We were all very excited when we found out that we won! The competition was held in Brussels, Belgium so Mrs Paterson had to fly over to be able to find out the results. The next award was for walking the most average miles per pupil. The average per pupil was 1 mile which meant that the overall amount was 82 miles. The trophy was in an iceberg shape because we were helping to save the polar bears by not polluting the planet by using cars. Cars make the exhaust fumes that melt icebergs which make the polar bears die because they have no food.

By Lara and Madeline.

St.Mary’s Wins European Week of Waste Reduction Award!

Mrs Patterson and Ylva Haglund accept the school’s award for European Week of Waste Reduction from William Neale of the European Commission in Brussels!

European Week for Waste Reduction

In November 2010, as part of European Week for Waste Reduction the eco committee weighed the waste that the pupils of the school had produced eating their lunch. People came to film us doing it, and we planned to reduce it by half the amount of waste. In March 2011 we weighed it again and we found out that…….we beat our goal!!!! Everyone was so happy and we will continue to weigh the waste until we beat our next goal. Hopefully, we will be able to cut our waste so much, that there will hardly be any at all.

We also produced a leaflet for parents to give them ideas about how to reduce waste in packed lunches.

Read more about European Week for Waste Reduction here:

And take a look at Waste Aware Scotland’s website too:

Here are our reports and posters:

By Stuart and Madeline

St Mary’s Gets 2nd Green Flag!!

On Friday the 5th of November the Eco Schools Inspectors came to St. Mary’s to see if we were worthy of a second Green Flag. First they checked around our playground for litter and general tidiness.  They then came into the school and visited our classrooms.

The Eco Committee did a power-point presentation in P6/7 about everything that the school houses plan to do over the next year, how much another green flag would mean to us, how proud we would be to have one and what we do as school to help the environment.  After the power-point, the inspectors looked around the display boards about what each house has done over the last couple of years.  They also asked each house about what they had done, what they had learned, what they were going to do and why. 

Once they had been around all the classrooms we took them up to the staff room so that they could ask the us questions about things that we do and how we do them within the school – like rotas, how we display our information and anything else that they didn’t get from the boards.

After lunch, Mrs Hewitt got THE phone call and she was very happy.  After Zumba she went on the stage and told everyone.  The whole school just shouted, “YEAH!!!”

By Madeline, Stuart and Jack, P6/7

“Facing Up To Climate Change” Videos!

Back in September we reported that four pupils had won the “Facing Up To Climate Change” competition with their movie “Blether Heather with the Weather” – Well now you can view some of the films submitted by the school, including the winning entry:

…and the winning film:

(Please note: If you can’t see the videos here it may be because your security firewall is blocking YouTube)