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Eco Club 

 

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Created: 11 Sep 13 21:56 | Last modified: 20 Mar 15 15:52

 

Eco Ideas!

Amy and Abi in P7 have made a very attractive box for any Eco ideas you might have for our school.  It's outside the school office.  If you think of anything you think we should do or get involved in please put your ideas in the box.  Remember our ECOlympics...waste & litter, energy, biodiversity & school grounds, travel & transport, global perspectives and water.

 

Energy Week 

On Friday the 7th of October we had our Power Down Day at the end of our Energy Week. All of our classes did really well and we used a lot less energy than we do on a normal school day.  Everyone had a great time learning outdoors on the Friday so that they weren't inside using the lights.

"I did a check on the energy we were using every day that week at 10am and 3pm and there was quite a big difference on the Friday!"

Abigail Barr

 The best classes at saving energy during the week were awarded a special certificate.  Our Energy Action Team have been busy putting up posters, stickers and light switch covers to teach us more about different energy and to remind us to save energy!

Our ELF (Energy Lookout Force) is up and running again.  We ELFs from P4-P7 checking every classroom, every day!  They are looking for:

- Computers off

- Standby light off

- Projector off

- Lights off

- Curtains open

The winning classes will be awarded with a trophy and certificate.  You can also keep an eye on the Eco notice board to see who the winners are!

 

Active Travel

Thank you to all our pupils and parents who actively travelled to school during our Active Travel Week.  All our active travel actions last year have helped us achieve our Silver Sustrans Mark, another great achievement for the whole school but especially our Eco Committee who strive for environmental excellence. We are now working towards our Gold Award and look forward to your support as we try to up our game again!

  

New Committee Members

P4 and P5 pupils presented to the P6 and P7 members of the Eco Committee to tell them why they should be voted on.  The committee were very impressed with the enthusiasm shown and the quality of the presentations.  They could only vote on one person from each class.  Our new members are: Ruby Lloyd, Daniel Montgomery, Jude Semple, Ella Crawford, Harry Scott & Lily McKeeman.

 

 

Double Scoop at Airtricity & Eco Schools Awards

 

On Wednesday the Eco Committee went to the SSE Airtricity & Eco Schools Global Wind Awards in the Everglades Hotel, Londonderry. Fairview was short-listed for the 'Eco Committee of the Year' and 'Operation Energy Project' Awards. We were asked to perform our Eco Rap and do a presentation on our energy project. We were totally shocked and ecstatic to learn we came 1st for both of the awards! Frank Mitchell was very impressed with our presentation skills and we had our pictures taken with the Minister for the Environment, Mark H Durkan. After the awards we went on a trip to Slieve Kirk wind farm, where we were able to find out more about wind turbines. Well done to this year’s Eco Committee, Miss Harte and Mr McAllister for working so hard and having another very successful year!

 

 

Green Flag Renewed

 The Eco Committee have been working very hard over the past months to get our school ready for the renewal of our green flag. Ruth and Maria came from Eco Schools to assess us; we told them everything we have done over the past few years on a presentation. Our Eco Committee then gave them a guided tour around the school, showing them our vegetable garden, our front beds, our solar panels, our environmental garden and much more. They were very impressed with it all. They actually said that there was nothing they could fault us on we were so good! We are very proud to say we have got our Green Flag again for the 3rd time.

 

Green Mile Fortnight

Although the weather has not been great these past two weeks, it has been great to see so many of our pupils and parents walking or cycling to school. Our Walking Bus on Wednesday was a big increase on the previous Wednesday.

Mr McAllister's P6 class have been collecting and collating the results.

"It has been interesting getting all the information. Lots of people have been walking to school, not so many cycling. I was surprised how many car shares there are. It makes sense when different families live close together." James Challinor

The winning class will be announced on Monday and a whole class healthy break will be provided for the Wednesday. P6 will provide the statistical evidence!

 

Eco Celebration

Our Eco Committee visited Magherafelt last week for the 20th Anniversary Eco Celebration event. We were delighted to be asked to showcase one of our major topics, Waste, at the event. Our Committee talked with great expertise to the many visitors to our stand about the work we do in Fairview - they really did our school proud. It was great to have our igloo with us, made from plastic milk cartons, and this proved quite a draw for many visitors, including our MP Rev. William McCrea, who couldn't resist climbing into it (check our Twitter page for the proof!)As well as receiving our plaque confirming our position as an Ambassador School, our pupils performed their innovative Eco Rap on stage in front of the whole arena. The Ambassador School status is reward for all the hard work that our Eco Committee has done in the past and continues to do. Under the leadership of Tegan Hurst this year, we hope to achieve our third Green Flag in the Summer Term.

 

Bling Your Bike Day!

We had a great response to our Bling Your Bike event last Friday. An incredible 140 bikes or scooters were in school, far surpassing our expectations for the day. Well done everyone. The bikes and scooters looked amazing, such a lot of effort went in to decorating them. Great imaginations from pupils - and I am sure parents played their part as well!! Look out for some pictures on Twitter and our website. Every participant got a reflector for their bike or scooter. Star prizes were given to the best decorated bikes in each assembly, as chosen by our hard working Eco Committee. In the infant assembly, Oscar McCullough and Zoe Johnston were the winners. P4/5 winners were Lara Forsythe and Luca Meikle and P6/7 winners were Amy Layton and Sophie Jennings.

 

Blitz day!

On Tuesday 24th February we had our latest Environmental Blitz Day. Each class from P1 to P7 was responsible for some aspect of environmental work around our school grounds. P1 pupils were weeding around their new 'growing' area with the support of P7 'buddies' while P2 and P3 pupils weeeded the other growing boxes at the front of the school. Primary 4 tidied up around their 'mini-beast mansion' and planted seeds for new plants in our bottle-greenhouse! Primary 5 pupils had fun filling old car tyres with soil to plant potatoes in while P6 weeded 'Jebrongo Corner' and litter picked in the Grange Estate with the support of ASDA.

We also built a storage box out of wood for the recycling bins so they don't blow away in the wind. 

Mrs Stewert donated a bath to the school and we filled the bottom with stones then with soil and last of all we planted flowers in it.

 

ECO celebration!

Next week we are attending the celebration of Eco Schools along with schools from across Northern Ireland.  We will be performing our Eco rap and displaying what we do as an Ambassador School in the topic of Waste.

 

Litter Sculpture!

This month we are focusing on reducing litter and waste in our school.  The children in the Waste Action Team led assemblies and will be organising activities over the month.  We are an Ambassador School for Waste. As a part of our focus on reducing litter and waste, we are going to make a litter sculpture. It will take the form of a trellis that has flowers and plants growing up it. This will be attached to the wall beside the front door of the school. We plan to make the piece out of plastic. In school we will be collecting different coloured plastic bottles and lids that would usually be recycled. This will reduce our waste!!

 

19th - 23rd January

We are running our clothing collection week in partnership with All-Tex recyclers.  Money raised will help us buy litter pickers for the school. 

 

Ambassador School

Our school has been selected to be one of only 10 Ambassador Eco Schools in the whole of              N. Ireland.  We have been especially commended for our work on Waste.  Eco Schools are hosting a celebration in March when we will be presented with our certificate!!!

 

New Members

The Eco-committee recently voted in new P5 members.  A big thank you to all who applied to join.  The quality of presentations was very high and this made the decision difficult.  Congratulations to the new members: Abi McKeen, Amy Gordon, Tori O'Hara & Ellie Hanlon. 

Elections have also been held for positions on the committee.  The results are:

Chairperson - Tegan Hurst

Vice chairperson - Joel Barr

Head ELFs - Emma Stewart & Emily Montgomery

Secretary - Emilie Montgomery

Assistant Head ELF - Tori O'Hara

 

ZERO WASTE
On 7th October 2013, we launched our 'Zero Waste' project, meaning that we are now the only primary school in Northern Ireland to send NONE of our waste to landfill.
To read the full story CLICK HERE

 

In June 2013 we won the 'Eco-Committee of the Year Award'. Take a look at some of our pictures.