Ysgol Llandrillo yn Rhos has been involved in the Eco School process from the very beginning. We believe that it is important to give the children an insight into environmental issues so that they can understand the effects of actions upon environment and how they can play a part in making our school environment the best it can be. We have had Platinum status since 2007 but we are aware that it is important to maintain the process so that we can retain your hard-earned status in the future.
1. Eco School Committee
The Eco School Committee drives the programme. The majority of the committee is made up of y6 pupils. The retiring Eco School committee in y6 nominate y5 children in July as the school year ends, children they have seen working hard on their y5 Eco School jobs, there are also jobs to apply for, fruit bar, looking after the lizards and there is input from staff as to who has the required skills to carry out the jobs.
Y5 pupils chosen shadow the y6 children in the last few weeks of the summer term to see how to do the jobs.
Eco school leaders emerge in Sept/Oct, from the children on the committee who show extra dedication and initiative. There is often a lot of overlap between the Eco committee and School Council which we foster to ensure smooth running and sometimes joint events, but we also take care to ensure there is no child overburdened with too much responsibility.
The Eco School committee generally meets once a week, at least once a month and the minutes are taken.
2. Environmental Review
Pupils carry out a review/audit in order to inspire ideas for the action plan, using the template included in the Eco School co-ordinator’s file. The review is carried out by the Eco School Committee during the autumn term.
3. Action Plan
The Action Plan is created using the template in the Eco Co-ordinator’s file and is driven by issues arising from the Environmental Review, however the plan can also be added to as the school year progresses as it is a ‘work in progress’. The plan is reviewed in the summer term and forms part of the evidence required by Eco ‘Sgolion Cymru to ensure we maintain our Eco School status. There is a whole school ‘Eco Event’ each school year and the children’s ideas about what form this will take are crucial, bringing imagination and thinking outside the box to the planning process.
4. Eco Code
The Eco Code is displayed prominently on the Eco School noticeboard.
5. Ensuring the whole school is informed and involved.
There is at least one Eco School assembly every term when aims are shared with the Juniors. The whole school events are planned by the y6 pupils, all GRs not just committee and the y6 pupils roll out the programme to the rest of the school, delivering assemblies on both sites, having taken weeks to prepare the games etc. The Eco School notice board is updated frequently and the children’s work is reported in the school’s weekly newsletter most weeks.
In the autumn term in Sept, separate meetings are held to set up the jobs for y6 and year5 pupils.
The summer term service shares our achievements for that year and also celebrates the contribution of the y6 leavers.
6. Ensuring the process is linked to the curriculum
Ysgol Llandrillo yn Rhos is a Forest School and so the aims of Eco School are prominent through this.
Each class in the Juniors has children allocated to doing recycling and switching off lights. Years 4 and 5 and 6 also do litter picking on specific days. Y5 and 6 pupils are given the choice to have specific GR jobs and more than half do so each year.
Y3 do a topic on Disaster Zone, which gives them a good insight into environmental issues.
When we run and Eco day – once a year to raise awareness of Eco issues on our action plan, all staff are involved, supporting the children’s participation.
Ysgol Llandrillo yn Rhos is also part of the Healthy Schools programme and Eco School elements support this.
- Also under the auspices of Eco School:
- Paper recycling, plastic recycling
- Litter picking
- Running the Fruit Bar
- Caring for the indoor plants
- Caring for the GR garden and growing fruit/vegetables
- Helping care for the Forest School area
- Organising the autumn charity appeal for packed shoeboxes
- Monitoring energy usage, making sure no electricity is wasted
- Feeding the birds in winter and making sure they have water all year
- Running GR stalls at the Christmas and Summer Fairs
The Eco School Co-ordinator is Jane Harrop, supported by Lisa Williams and Janet Jones who deliver the programme on the Infant site.