At St Dennis Primary Academy, we have set up an Eco Council made up of two children from every year group. These children were elected following a presentation to their class about why they would make a good Eco Council representative.
Eco Council meet every Thursday lunchtime with Mrs Brokenshire. The children have learnt about ten topics linked to becoming an Eco School and choose one of these topics to focus on as a project each half term.
These topics are:
Biodiversity – Caring for all plants, animals and insects.
Energy – Reducing energy use and investigating greener energy sources.
Global Citizenship – Working with others on local and global issues.
Healthy Living – improving mental and physical well-being.
Litter – Reducing the amount of litter in your local area.
Marine – Protecting all rivers, canals, lakes and oceans.
School Grounds – Enhancing where you work and play.
Transport – Finding more environmentally-friendly ways to travel.
Waste – Refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle.
Water – Protecting an important natural resource.
The first topic they chose was ‘Energy’. They set up a competition where they check each classroom and office over the week and the class that had saved the most energy, according to their checklist, wins the weekly prize!
Eco Council have their own display board where they have their photos so everyone knows who they are, share the current project they are working on and the minutes from their weekly meetings. They also have a space for suggestions from other children.
Our Eco-Council encourage their classmates to follow the St Dennis Eco Code that they created.
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