Welcome to the Eco Council!

At St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy, we are passionate about protecting the environment and making a positive impact. Our Eco Council is a dedicated group of students who lead the way in sustainability efforts. Let me introduce you to our fantastic team:

  1. Eco Representatives: We have one representative from each class. These enthusiastic students keep their classmates informed about eco-friendly practices and encourage everyone to get involved.
  2. Year 3 and 4 Eco Monitors: These young environmental champions take charge of litter picking around the school grounds. Armed with gloves and bags, they ensure our campus stays clean and beautiful.
  3. Year 5 and 6 Recycling Monitors: Our older students are responsible for recycling. They manage the recycling bins, educate their peers on proper sorting, and make sure we reduce waste and reuse materials whenever possible.

Our Mission: The Eco Council’s mission is twofold. First, we want to create more wild spaces within our school. Whether it’s planting native flowers, setting up bird feeders, or creating mini habitats, we’re committed to enhancing biodiversity.

Secondly, we aim to make our entire school community more environmentally friendly. From reducing single-use plastics to conserving energy and producing our own solar energy. We believe that small actions add up to big change. Together, we can make a difference!

 

Eco Council Highlights: Over the last year, our Eco Council worked together to make our school a greener and more environmentally friendly place. Here’s a recap of our achievements:

At our fundraising Bake Sales our delicious treats not only satisfied sweet cravings but also enabled us to make a big donation the Avon Wildlife Trust. From vegan cupcakes to gluten-free brownies, every sale contributed to our green cause raising almost £500.

We have been rewilding, transforming parts of our school grounds into wild havens through planting native wildflowers and creating cosy nooks to welcome local wildlife. Birds, bees and badgers have found a home here!

Community Litter Pickers armed with gloves and bags cleaned up our surroundings. By picking up trash, we prevented it from reaching our countryside and oceans and kept our community beautiful.

A new orchard has been planted in the top corner of our playing field. Our saplings have begun to grow into sturdy trees, providing shade, combating climate change, and supporting biodiversity. Each tree was a step toward a greener future, and hopefully some delicious apples!

Our hidden wildlife cameras revealed the secret lives of our animal neighbours. Foxes, badgers, and more have been captured in their natural habitats and we’ve been able to see some really exciting moments of these amazing creatures

We’ve engaged with local businesses, encouraging them to reduce their plastic consumption and increase ethical and sustainable sourcing of products.

We explored SPARKS—an environmental education centre in the middle of Bristol. We took part in renewable energy experiments, learnt about conservation, and met children from other schools who are placing the environment as a priority.

We were visited by Forest Green Rovers and took part in a Live Lesson about Green Football Weekend, learning about the impact football could have on reducing carbon emissions.

Beyond this we connected with other schools on a mission through virtual meetings, joint projects, and shared ideas fuelling our passion for positive change.

Now, we are looking forward to another year of climate and biodiversity action beginning in September 2024!

 

Ministry of Eco Education

The Ministry of Eco Education is a collaboration of teachers and educations to place sustainability at the heart of education. They work to create resources to support teachers to bring the climate into the classroom. They have provided St. Ursula’s with training, classroom resources, trips and support.

https://www.ministryofeco.org/

Let’s Go Zero 2030

Let’s Go Zero is the national campaign uniting teachers, pupils, parents and their schools as they all work together to be zero carbon by 2030.

2,666 schools have committed so far and together we’re harnessing the power of schools and young people to drive change and spark climate action in communities across the country, reducing emissions, increasing biodiversity and safeguarding our planet for future generations.

https://letsgozero.org/

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