Eco Club

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The Eco Club is represented by children from all year groups and they meet six times a year.  Since 2010 the Eco Club have been taking a number of steps to improve efficiency and help make the school more sustainable.

This year (2015/16) we have started on the journey to achieve our Green Flag Status.  Green Flag Status is awarded by Eco Schools.  Eco Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable Journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of the school.  The Eco-Schools programme is focused on nine key topics:

  • Energy Eco Bronze award St Francis
  • Water
  • Biodiversity
  • School Grounds
  • Healthy Living
  • Transport
  • Litter
  • Waste
  • Global Citizenship

The Eco Committee have worked through each of these topics and come up with an achievable action plan taking into consideration the age of the children.  The action plan is as follows:

Energy – Reduce the amount we use – switch off computers and lights, reduce heating.

Transport – Utilise Minibuses to reduce traffic, lift share, drive economically.

Waste – Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Water – Reduce usage – quick showers, switch off water when brushing teeth.

Biodiversity – Look after the eco area, encourage everybody to use the eco area.  Report ways to make the eco area even better.

Litter – pick it up and dispose of properly.

Healthy Living – Eat healthily, eat enough – not too much, not too little, exercise lots!

The Bursar is also monitoring Paper Usage and Energy Usage on a monthly basis!

The children have pocket sized Action Plans so they can talk to their friends about it and remind themselves.

This year the Eco Committee have achieved their Eco Schools Bronze Award.