Welcome to the OLA Junior School Eco Council
In September 2008 we set up our Eco Council to help improve our school environment and also to help the children have a wider understanding of the importance of protecting our world. In 2009 we achieved our Bronze award and in 2010 we received our Silver.
The OLA Junior School Eco-Council consists of children from Year 3 upwards and is run by one of the teaching staff.
To achieve these awards we had to demonstrate all of the ways we were working towards making our school an ‘Eco School’. We discovered that in the Junior School we already had been doing a lot!
- Recycling paper, cardboard and used pens
- Recycling toner and printer cartridges
- Having a compost heap in Nursery and Senior School
- Ordering recycled supplies where possible
- Having a growing area in the Nursery garden
- Planting of new trees
- Providing a butterfly house and bird nesting box
- Running a Year 1 and 2 nature club
- Running a gardening club with Mrs Gackowski. Recently, thanks to the Parents' Association, the Gardening Club has had new plant boxes by the Junior playground and has grown lots of plants and vegetables.
- Putting up notices around the school to remind us to turn off the lights and computers. The school has also introduced light sensors to help reduce the amount of power we use throughout the day.
Since our first meeting we have drawn up an action plan, conducted a full Environment Review, and the children have created an Eco code. The council meet regularly and discuss current matters and new initiatives.
The Eco-Council has also been awarded Certificates for our hard work from other organisations: Woodlands Trust (Bronze and Silver Award), Royal Horticultural Society (Level 1 and 2).