Eco Team

Our Eco Champion, Miss Corradine.

What are our Eco initiatives for 2019-2020?

This year we have a fantastic Eco Team who are dedicated to making our school environment a better place. We meet at lunch time every Thursday to discuss our ideas. Please see our meeting minutes to see what we have been working on each month.

Monthly Minutes

Eco Minutes 18 September 2019

Eco Minutes October 2019

Why do we love being Eco at Grappenhall Heys?

Being an Eco-School empowers pupils, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and also creates financial savings for schools. Children are given the opportunity to become leaders in making positive change to our environment through their own problem-solving, resilience and motivation. Children learn respect for their environment as a communal space for animals as well as people. Our Eco values are encouraged by our Eco-club who are resourceful in thinking of new ways we can become more Eco. They create positive relationships within school and listen to new ideas for how we can improve. They embody a respectful culture and are open to any suggestions. We love thinking of exciting new ways to become more Eco – from making Eco-bricks to designing posters.  

As well as the positive benefits to pupils, being an Eco-School benefits our community by reducing our environmental impact. Our Eco values help us to consume less water and energy and produce less waste.

**Eco News*** School is now collecting crisp packets for recycling as part of a pilot scheme run by Walkers/PepsiCo in collaboration with Brakes.

Until now crisp packets have been very difficult to recycle. The collected crisps packets will be shredded into plastic pellets and then transformed into park benches, watering cans and cool bags.

Crisp packet collection boxes are located outside the toilets in KS1 and KS2. Any brand of crisp is welcome, although please no popcorn packets. Collecting will end on 22nd November.

As a further incentive to reduce landfill, Walkers/PepsiCo are offering to donate £10,000 to the charity Meals and More if 36,000 crisp packets are collected by the end of 2019.

We are excited to take part in this environmentally friendly initiative. However, school is not encouraging crisps to be brought in for packed lunches or for families to eat more crisps! We are simply collecting packets that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Thank you for your support and thank you to Mrs Worsley from Brakes for asking us to take part,
from the Eco Team 

Why are Eco skills so important?

When a child gets actively involved with Eco-Schools, they enhance their development further. They build upon their previous acquired knowledge and learn to use these skills. They understand that they have a voice and that they have a safe platform to use it. They become organisers, sharers, planners and  influencers. They become creative and resourceful in thinking of ways to solve problems that of great importance to our world.Through learning about Eco issues, children become more reflective and thoughtful.

What are we doing?

September 2019 - Our team of budding environmentalists have been chosen by their classes and are full of fantastic ideas.
You may have heard about the Schools Strike for Climate that took place last Friday. As a first action, our Eco team wrote a letter to our local MP to explain their worries about environmental issues which they shared with the school in Friday's assembly. Our children are very knowledgeable and we are already so impressed by all of them. 

Eco-Schools Award

Our school has achieved the Silver Eco-Schools award. We are proud of our Eco-Team for being so proactive in working towards this goal and achieving it. This award shows that most year groups have covered Eco topics across the curriculum, incorporating respect for the environment into their learning.It also shows that our Eco-team has been motivated to complete numerous Eco activities and communicated these with our school community. We are now aiming towards the Green Flag award.

Useful Websites

For more information about Eco schools click here.

The RSPB has lots of games and activities to help children learn about nature. They also have lots of opportunities to volunteer, visit nature reserves and get involved in activities such as the Big Garden Birdwatch.  To find out more, click here.

For local Eco events with Cheshire Wildlife Trust click here.

To help real scientific research about British mammals by becoming a mammal spotter, click here.