Good news! Mrs Vincent's husband has bought a second hand water tank for us and it only cost him £50. He is looking after the tank for us while we organise payment. We have written to the PTA, asking if they will be able to fund this. We have written to Mr Elgar, asking him to make covers for the existing water tanks that will let water through. Finally with have written to Mr and Mrs Vincent, thanking them for getting hold of the water tank for us.
Today we finally got to meet with Mr Buckhurst and he has come up with a very good idea. He told us about his garden water storage and suggested that we get one extremely large water tank to collect water off the roof. There is a good position for one, next to Silver Birch class, not too far away from the actual garden.
Mr Buckhurst is going to look into the size and cost of a possible water storage container. Our job is to write to the PTA to see if there is any money in the pot to pay for one!
Meanwhile he has agreed that we can replace the trough wooden covers with ones that let rain through, so we also need to consult with Mr Elgar about this.
Sadly Mr Buckhirst was unable to attend the meeting today, but we had a discussion about what we could do to help gardening club. We have come up with the following ideas:
We wrote to Mr Buckhirst and the gardening club on March 7th to ask him if we can adapt the covers on the water tanks in order to allow water in. He has replied to us and we will have a meeting at our next Eco club. Mr Buckhirst is keen to see how else we can help the gardening club!
This week we had a look at our water butt and if it was in use. We found out that it did have a pipe in it and it had collected lots of water, but it wasn't really being used like it should have. We asked if Gardening Club were using it but they said no because it wasn't close enough to where they were growing things. However, we hope that they will make an effort to try and start using it more often because Eco Club isn't about doing the easiest thing, it's about doing the best for the environment! We also asked Mr Elgar about our water meter, but he said we couldn't read it because it was too wet and dirty in the drain! Mrs Lewis said she will give us a copy of our water bill. We also asked about water-saving devices in the toilets. However, he said this has been tried before, and it caused lots of problems! Even though we have found out some things we want to do aren't possible, we are still really trying to do our best to make us a very eco-friendly school!
Hello. Our names are Jessica and Charley. As Year 6s, it is our responsibility to write the blog for Eco Club. We work alongside the others- Libby, Riley, Joe A, Joe H, Oscar A, Ed, Daisy and Harry.
We have done an environmental review and decided that we are going to work on the project of Water in order to reduce the amount of water we use. We also have assigned jobs:
1. Find out if we have a school water butt and if it is in use.
2. To see if people are turning off the taps in Silver Birch (their class doesn't have push taps).
3. Find out about the water meter.
4. To see if there are water-saving devices in the toilets both at school and at home.
What does Eco Club do?
We are trying to help the environment by making the school more eco-friendly.
How are we going to do this?
This term we are trying to be more eco-efficient by switching off electronic devices to save electricity. We have been doing a survey to see how good we are at switching off.
Tuesday 7th March 2017
We want to congratulate Willow Class on coming 1st and also Oak Class for coming 2nd in our Switch Off Fortnight Survey! Each of these classes will receive a certificate of achievement, but all of the other classes will get stickers for participation and trying hard! Well done everyone!
Also remember to put your finished fruit in the bucket bin by the stairs so that we can be more ECO friendly!
Although Switch Off Fortnight has finished, still turn off electrical devices and objects, close windows and doors to save energy!
Written by Reka yr 6, Theo yr 3 and Hannah.S yr 6.
28th March 2017
Today we have discussed the advantages and disadvantages of wooden or plastic benches and tables for our school. The PTA have very kindly given us some money to spend on them. We are hoping for: school activities, eating our lunch and reading or drawing during break and lunch time. Next term we will bring a survey around the classes to find where you would like the benches. Have a look at the ECO notice board to see which type of table you would prefer.
Written by Reka yr 6, Hannah.s yr 6 and the ECO team.
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
We have made posters and put them up around the school about where you would like your benches to go, so make sure to have a look at them. We have made a choice of getting recycled plastic benches- which are better for the environment than wooden. We think it is best to have the benches somewhere on the field but it is up to you whether you want them in the shade or sunshine, at the far end or at the front. Some of the older members of the ECO club will come round with a survey to ask your opinion of where to put them.
Tuesday 9th May 2017
Today we did a litter pick and found lots of rubbish in all the places we wouldn't have expected! We found a whopping amount! So please if you see anyone dropping litter tell them to pick it up! We have also come to the conclusion that we need a bin on the pitch.
The new benches are on the pitch and the votes have been counted. The winner will be announced on Friday's Celebration Assembly.