2019 - 2020
Our Eco Warriors
AIMS OF THE ECO WARRIORS
- To raise awareness about sustainability
- To encourage all members of Meopham Community Academy to be respectful citizens by recycling, saving energy, conserving resources and caring for the environment.
- To teach all members of Meopham Community Academy to have good habits for the future by valuing themselves and our environment.
- To attend regular Eco meetings to discuss being a GREEN school.
- To feedback during class assembly
WHO ARE THE ECO WARRIORS?
- We have two representatives per class in our Eco Warrior team. These representatives (one girl and one boy) are elected each year by their classmates.
- We elect a Chairperson and Secretary from our Year 6 pupils. Our new chairpersons will be announced in September 2019.
WHAT ARE OUR DUTIES?
- We are split into three groups - Recycle Detectives, Waste Watchers and Energy Enforcers.
RECYCLE DETECTIVES RESPONSIBILITIES
- Teaching your class how to use the green and red recycle bins in your class.
WASTE WATCHERS RESPONSIBILITIES
- Ensuring the correct use of the recycle bin in class.
- Checking taps in the school have been turned off.
- Advising children to reduce waste in the toilets for example: water, soap and blue paper towels.
- Checking resources are not being wasted for example: pens, glue, rulers and paper.
ENERGY ENFORCERS RESPONSIBILITIES
- Checking that lights around school are switched off if it is not needed.
- Ensuring that the projector for powering the Smart board is turned off if not in use.
- Closing the classroom door after exiting.
- Shutting outside door when leaving the classroom.
- Making sure windows are closed at the end of the day.
CRISP PACKET APPEAL FOR AIR AMBULANCE
As of Monday 4th November, Meopham Community Academy will be collecting crisp packets on behalf of Air Ambulance Kent Surrey and Sussex (AAKSS). One of our pupils in Year 4 alerted me to the scheme last week and told me that it had been instigated by AAKSS volunteer and fundraiser Adam Hunter and it gives us the chance to raise funds from our rubbish. By helping me co-ordinate this recycling scheme, Imogen will earn her eco badge with Brownies.
The children can bring them in from home or from their packed lunch boxes and empty them in to our crisp packet bin which is located in the main hall. The money raised, through recycling, goes to the Air Ambulance.
The scheme forms part of a recycling scheme set up by Terracycle and Walkers Crisps, although all brands of crisp packet can be accepted, including the multipack outer packaging.
Terracycle require a minimum of 8kg of crisp packets before we can send them off. This is equivalent to around 1, 400 packs; all you need to do is collect up your empty packets at home, at work or from packed lunch boxes, and send them in to school to start making a difference today!
For more information on this recycling scheme, why not visit the Air Ambulance website here:
Miss Bloor, Eco Warrior Co-ordinator
We are delighted to announce that this academic year our school are taking part in an exciting walk to school initiative called Green Footsteps. The scheme is run in partnership with Bexley Council, Kent County Council, Medway Council and leading walk to school charity, the KM Charity Team.
By taking part in Green Footsteps pupils get regular exercise, meaning that they are more alert and ready to start their school day. The scheme has already reduced school-run traffic on the roads and congestion around school gates. Children also learn vital road safety skills as they walk, or ride their scooters to school. Not only does the environment improve, but Green Footsteps will be a step on the way to the school achieving Healthy School status and addressing School Travel Plan targets.
- Pupils are actively encouraged to walk or ride their scooters to and from school each Wednesday, or as often as possible.
- Weekly class figures for green travel will be added to the KM School Portal website.
- Green Footsteps does not exclude families who live a long way from school. If your family has to drive to school, why not park further away than normal and walk at least the last five minutes to enable your child to take part? We call this Park and Stride.
During the school year, you will be sent newsletters, which will include challenges for families to make an extra effort to walk or ride scooters to school in specific weeks. To thank families for their green travel efforts, on that week prizes will be awarded to the classes that have the best green travel statistics in the district, including free tickets for Leeds Castle, RSPB Rainham Marshes and Silver Blades ice skating rink amongst others.
You can receive KM Link e-newsletters which include information on great family activities. To sign up, visit www.kmwalktoschool.co.uk
How will it work at our school?
Every Wednesday our Eco-Warriors will be counting the number of children across all classes who used a green form of travel to arrive at school that day. Any form of green travel is counted including scooting, cycling or park and stride (where you park 5 minutes from the school and walk the rest of the way). Please note:as a school, we have permission for our parents to use the car parks at Bartellas and St John's Church during drop-off and pick-up times. If you love to scoot to school, you can leave your scooters in our 'Scoot Pods' located in the lower pick up area.
The data collected is then entered, by myself, onto the KM Charity's online system and our school will be automatically entered into exciting competitions with the prizes as detailed above.
We are encouraging the children to walk for health, environmental and safety reasons and it would be great if as many of you as possoible were able to join in with this worthwhile and potentially prize-winning scheme.
Miss Bloor, Green Footsteps Co-ordinator
In Term 3 2020, we are introducing Eco Challenges.
Our first Eco Challenge will be to work hard to reduce the amount of electricity we use here at school. It has been noticed that when adults and children are not in their classrooms whiteboards and lights are being left on.
As a school we should be working together to ensure that we are saving money and the environment. The Eco Warriors will be responsible for checking that lights and whiteboards are not left on and will be recording this daily. If a classroom is caught not saving electricity more than once in a week a polite reminder will be left by the monitoring Eco warriors. Each week in our Achievement Assembly on Monday morning, we will reveal the results to show the children which classes are the best, improved or improving.
- Each term our Year 4 pupils take it in-turns to be daily litter pickers across our lunchtime sessions. The children cover all outside areas in the school.
- This activity raises the children's awareness of caring for our environment and promotes responsible citizenship.
Thanks to all new volunteers and thanks to the old ones! It certainly does make a difference.
Mrs Clarke and Miss Bloor, Eco-Warrior Co-ordinators