Eco Committee 2016-17

Are you passionate about the environment? Do you want to help keep MOL litter free? Do you want to find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals – or help teach others about them?

We will soon be holding elections in each class to choose representatives for our 2016-17 Eco Committee.  If you are interested in representing your class on the Eco Committee then have a think about how you can persuade your classmates to vote for you.

More details to follow…….

Raised Bed Photos

After the recent warm, sunny and wet weather – perfect growing weather – the raised beds are looking even more magnificent!  The flowers are blooming, the vegetables are growing, and in the sunshine yesterday they were looking great.  Here are some pictures which were taken by our P6B Eco Committee rep, Owen.  When you look at these, think back to how the raised beds looked just a few months ago – bare, full of weeds, dull and drab.  The hard work by all the classes has really paid off – what a difference now!

 

MOL in Bloom…The Wrap Up!

Milton of Leys Primary School

What a fantastic success MOL in Bloom has been this term. We owe a huge thank you to the children, staff, parents and wider community for their involvement and enthusiasm towards this project. We all agree that the courtyard area is certainly blooming and it has been great to see how proud the children are of their achievements with this green-fingered project! A big thank you to our team of judges who worked together for over an hour to judge the raised beds – they were mighty impressed with our gardening and creativity. Well done MOL!

The judges in the pictures, from left were:

Shona Patience, Tesco Inshes Tesco, Shona Amos, Forestry Commission, Sarah Speakman, Inverness Botanic Gardens, Alan Smith, John Muir Award

Category Award Raised Bed
1. Most eye-catching sign

made from recycled

materials

Stunning Sign P1
2.

 

Most imaginative use of

recycled materials

Recycled Materials P7A
3.

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Food Waste Audit

Today we were lucky to have Toni, Russell and Maureen from RoWAN who came to help the Eco Committee carry out an audit of food waste in the canteen at lunchtime.  All the pupils had to sort their rubbish into different bins so we could see how much cooked food waste, uncooked food waste and packaging waste was produced.  Afterwards we had to weigh all the bags and work out the totals.  We will have the full results collated soon, but in the meantime here are some pictures of our Eco Team in action:

A massive thanks to the team from RoWAN for coming in and sharing their expertise with us.  Well done to the Eco Committee as well – they gave up some of their lunch break to help out and worked very hard!

Litter at Breaktime

Today our P5 and P6 Eco Committee reps, Charlotte, Emmie, Isla and Owen, did a presentation in assembly about the results of our recent litter survey.  Although there was some really good news from the survey, such as the huge drop in litter on the MUGA, one of the really disappointing findings was the amount of litter being dropped at break-times.  On the day of the survey, the Eco Committee were shocked to find that 97 items of litter were dropped in the courtyard and front playground during  break-time.

Today, we went out before break and took some photos of the playground:

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Then we went out after break and took photos of the same areas:

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As you can see, we still have a problem with litter being dropped in the playground at break-times.

So tomorrow we will try a new whole-school incentive.  The playground will be checked before break and then again after break.  If there are less than 20 items dropped during break-time then the whole school will get an extended break-time on Friday.  If more than 20 items have been dropped, then there will be no extended break.  We will then repeat this over the next few weeks – though the next time we check, we will not announce the day it is happening on beforehand.

We all need to play our part in keeping MOL litter-free, as sadly if the current rate of littering does not improve, we will not be able to apply for our Green Flag.

Let’s all try for a litter-free playground tomorrow – so use those bins!!

Litter Survey

This morning the Eco Committee were outside doing a survey of litter in the school grounds – as well as picking up the litter that we found.  Although we still unfortunately found quite a lot of litter – a total of 953 items, there is some great news in terms of progress made from last year’s survey.  There was a 26% drop in the amount of litter found in the back playground, a 27% decrease in the courtyard, and a whopping 89% drop in the amount of litter found on the MUGA!

We will present the rest of our findings at an assembly soon, but here are some photos of our Eco Warriors in action….

Ground Force MOL!

Milton of Leys Primary School

A huge thank you to the team of volunteers who gave their time on Saturday afternoon to shift the top soil and fill the raised beds in preparation for MOL in Bloom next term. We are very grateful to each family and staff member as well as friends of the school who worked so hard  to get the job done. Thank you! A special thank you also to Miss Hutcheson for her role in coordinating the team of volunteers during the afternoon. Now we can look forward to seeing how the area begins to bloom as next term unfolds.

Ground Force MOL

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Action Plans for 2016

On Friday the Eco Committee finally finished working on our Action Plans for 2016.  These are based on our three core areas for this year – Litter, Biodiversity and Waste Minimisation.  Please click on the links below to read the Action Plans:

Action Plan – Biodiversity

Action Plan – Litter

Action Plan – Waste Minimisation

If you have any ideas or suggestions for things you think we could/should be working on in these areas, then please post a comment.