Who are we?
At St. Augustine's the Eco Committee is led by Mrs Goodwin (Reception teacher) a member of the Senior Management, Mr Crooks (teaching assistant) and representatives from the school Governors. The Eco Team is also supported by the Site Manager
The Eco Council is made up of members from each class, ranging from Years 1-6. Each member is elected and voted for by their peers. The Eco Council meets up every fortnight to voice their ideas and discuss the next projects.
Year 6 also play a significant role as Eco-Rangers. Six members carry out energy checks on each classroom and grade each class based on the devices and equipment they have remembered to switch-off.
Towards the end of the year the current Year 6's pass their role and their experiences on to the Year 5's as they prepare to take on more responsibilities within the school.
September 2023 - Our New Eco Team
Our New Eco Team with their classes’ Eco mascot!
October- Solihull Greener Schools Award
We have won the Solihull Greener Schools Award Level 1 and 2 and have been sponsored by John Lewis!
September 2022 - NEW POND
The Eco Team have had a busy couple of months, not only did we win the bid for £1000 from the Tel Group but we also won just under £10,000 from the National Lottery as money to put towards rebuilding our pond.
An organisation called Organic-Gro have been busy clearing the weeds from the old pond area and have begun building a new bridge and pond. We can't wait to see what it looks like when it's finished.
June - Pond Application
This month members of the Eco team have been working on a design for a new school pond/garden area and have been busy creating an application for possible funding for this. Fingers crossed.
June - Clean Air Day
Our Eco team promoted walking, scooting or cycling to school this week as part of #CleanAirDay. Children have been thinking about the impact pollution can have on their health and are trying to encourage family members to make more sustainable choices
March - Waste Week
It's Waste Week at St. Augustine's this week. Messages appeared in chalk on the playground last week as the Eco Team attempted promote the week by saving paper.
Toy Amnesty. Please bring in anything with a plug, USB charge or batteries...even those broken flashy toys. There will be a bag by the gate and inside the school by our Eco board.
At lunchtimes we will be providing a special bin for sandwich children to put their empty crisp packets in so that they can be recycled.
The Big Battery Hunt this year would like you to take your batteries to your local recycling point, which is usually your local supermarket. This is great for the environment as it means no big trucks on the road!
February - Toy Amnesty
November - Switch Off Fortnight & No Electricity Day
The Eco Team launched Switch Off Fortnight this month and challenged everyone to switch off lights and devices when they were leaving a room or simply not using them. This ended in a No Electricity Day when we had a day without using our interactive whiteboards, using the natural light from outside instead and having a cold lunch at lunchtime.
November - 2021
Recycling Ink Cartridges
Please help our school earn money by bringing in your empty ink cartridges and helping the environment at the same time.
Meet our new Eco Council!
This summer term the Eco Council has been joined by members of the School Council and RE council after school as we try develop our outdoor spaces.
We have a lot of weeding and planting to do around the school!
The Eco Team met virtually this week and came up with different ideas that we could carry out during Waste Week this year. As a school we will be:
Thank you to everyone who took part in Switch-Off Fortnight and No-Electricity Day. When Switch-off Fortnight was compared to the previous two weeks we managed to save £39.82 on our electricity bill. You can see this from the graph, the turquoise line is the first week and the blue line is the second, the impact of No-Electricity Day can be clearly seen.
The Eco Team need everyone to collect all their empty crisp packet and bring them into school for us to send to a wonderful volunteer group that are turning empty crisp packets into sleeping bags for the homeless community.
It takes 150 - 300 crisp packets to turn into one sleeping bag.
October - No IDLING ZONE and WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK
This October the Eco Team have launched a 'No Idling Zone' outside of the school, reminding people to turn off their engines if they are parked. Hoping to raise people's awareness about the damage car fumes can cause young lungs and the environment.
At the same time we are having a Walk to School Week before we finish for half term. Challenging children to either walk, scoot or cycle to school for the week.
September - Recycling message from the Eco Team!
Although the Eco Team can't hold assemblies this year or meet like we would do usually, they have however been working very hard to send a special video to every class to make them aware of how to recycle in school and use paper towels sparingly.
March 2020- Waste Week - Plastic Free Week
The Eco Team have been busy planning for Waste Week this March. Thiking about how we can reduce the amount of ‘single use plastic’ that is used in school.
We are planning to hold a ‘Plastic Free Week’ beginning on Monday 16th March and ending on Friday 20th March.
Here is our plan/wish list of things we are going to do and work towards:
November 2019- Switch off Fortnight and NO ELECTRICITY DAY
For two weeks in November the Eco Team launched Switch-off Fortnight. Each class was encouraged to try to remember to switch lights and devices off using our colour code system. Green for switch me off. Orange for ask a teacher. Red for leave me on. At the end of the two weeks Year 2 and Year 6 won the eco mascot for having gained the most points for saving the most electricity at lunchtimes.
We also had a NO ELECTRICTY DAY/OUTDOOR LEARNING DAY on the Tuesday where we tried our best to keep the lights off and use natural lighting. The teachers taught without laptops or interactive whiteboards. The cooks also provided packed lunches having turned the kitchen off. WE SAVED £16!
Looking at the first week of Switch-off fortnight our estimated cost was £129.87 and 1025kWh consumption of electricity. Compared to the week before it was £153.53 and the consumption was 1,211kWh. We saved £23.66.
November 2019 - Wildlife Ways
The Eco Team wore their wellies today as they took part in the Wildlife Ways project to develop green spaces in Solihull. We went to Tudor Grange Park and planted lots and lots of bulbs. They should make an appearence by May 2020.
September 2019- NEW ECO TEAM!
July - Litter Club
In July the Eco Team, Eco Rangers and friends started cleaning up the field and playground from the litter, making it clean for the children and safe for the animals around us.
April - The Big Battery Hunt
Today the Eco Team launched The Big Battery Hunt in assembly. They challenged the school to collect as many old batteries as possible to be recycled.
Thanks to each class remembering to switch off their lights and devices and lunchtimes we have saved more than £5 on our school electricity bill this March compared to March 2018. The Eco-Team have gained £5 towards eco projects in the future.
Well done to Year's 1 and 3 who collected the most points and have switched off the most this term!
January 2019 - Energy Audit
The School Eco Council met with Mr Smith Director of The School Energy Efficiency organisation. Mr Smith explained to the Eco Council how he used a Thermal Camera to carry out an energy audit of the school.
November 2018 - Switch-Off Fortnight
The school came together in an attempt to save electricity. The Eco Team worked hard to involve the whole school with an assembly that launched Switch Off Fortnight. The Eco Team carried out some secret audits of classrooms, highlighting where we could switch off lights and devices to save electricity. Mr Keith informed us that we had managed reduced our electricity output at the end of the two weeks. We hope to continue our efforts into the new year.