ECO Committee

To find out more about Mount Cameron Primary School.

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Mount Cameron Primary was first awarded ECO Schools Green Flag status in June 2003. The school received a second ‘Green Flag’ ECO Schools Award in September 2005. We were awarded our third ECO Schools Award in 2007. We were awarded our fourth and final ECO Schools Flag in October 2009 and we are now a permanent ECO school! The school has an ECO School Committee of Primary 1-7 pupils, staff from the school and visiting members like our school nurse and Community Policeman. Children are voted on to the Committee by class members. We are working towards improving the school and local environment, minimising waste and litter, and reducing energy and water consumption. We are also working on the promotion of health and healthy lifestyles.The ECO Committee has been talking about how we can improve our school grounds, making them look better and using our grounds as an important part of our class work. We have written a Litter Policy. The ECO Committee have been working on using a water butt to collect and recycle rain water, bird boxes and consulting with other children about what new play equipment children would like to see in the new build school. In addition, the ECO Committee have been working with the new school build team to ensure that we have an outdoor multi sports pitch and grassed areas in the playground! Also, we are organising positive play boxes for the playground, aimed at keeping our children active and happy during breaks, working in partnership with our Active Schools Coordinator and school staff.

ECO schools Award 2007

The ECO Committee have been talking about the planting on the school grounds and we have just got our new equipment that we got for collecting the Let’s Grow vouchers.

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We collected a fabulous 8695 vouchers.

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Litter and Waste

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The ECO Committee is looking at ways to ensure that Mount Cameron is not only a clean and tidy school, but a school that helps to minimise and recycle waste. The Committee have set up a school noticeboard with posters, advice, a list of the Committee members and a recycled felting picture for ECO schools. The children have bought a ‘Henry the Hippo’ bin for the playground. The Committee has also made up a Litter/Waste Policy, a Litter/Waste song and organised recycling throughout the school.Our ECO Committee worked with other children in the school to create an ECO Code:
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  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle

A lot of people use recycling bins and sometimes they aren’t putting the right things in.

Here is a list of things you CAN put in the recycling bin.

  • Mixed papers such as newspapers, magazines, catalogues, leaflets and telephone directories (including yellow pages).
  • Cardboard such as clean packaging card (food and non-food including tetra-pack), junk mail, envelopes, office paper, wrapping paper, greetings cards and books.
  • Mixed plastics – rinsed out clear and coloured drinks bottles, mineral water bottles, squash bottles, detergent bottles, bleach and cleaning fluid bottles, shampoo bottles, trays and pots, food boxes, yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs.

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Reducing Energy Consumption

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The ECO Committee have just made up a box for recycling batteries. If you have any spare batteries that are done, you can give the batteries to your teachers and they will put them in this box in the staff room.

The ECO Committee has been talking about how Mount Cameron can use less energy. We make sure that all class lights are off when we are not in the class. We have ‘low energy days’ each year, asking our parents and the local community to join us! We have also carried out energy surveys each year.

We talked with the new school build architects about ways to save energy and water in our new school building and children carried out a whole school survey about what the school community would like to see in our school! We now have an ECO designed school using natural materials, an outdoor classroom (courtyard) with a sculpture made of natural materials and lots of plants and tubs, push taps in the toilets, natural ventilation in addition to thermostatically controlled heaters in each class and area of the school!

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Reducing Water Consumption

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The ECO Committee has been talking about how Mount Cameron can encourage everyone to lead healthy lifestyles! Health is an important part of school studies. The School Health Service Nurse comes to school and talks to different classes about health issues. Physical Education, playground games and extra-curricular activities give children the opportunity to exercise and get fit! Lots of information about clubs and training events is sent to the school, passed on to the children and displayed on the school noticeboard. We have a great team of cooks who make terrific lunches. We have also introduced Health Attack Diaries to pupils, encouraging them to work towards healthy lifestyles through setting personal health targets. Mount Cameron Primary was awarded the Health Promoting Schools Gold Award in June 2006!

All children are given fruit and water every day. We also have a school tuck shop and we are going to look at how we can make our tuck shop a ‘healthier’ tuck shop than it is at the moment. All children in the school are encouraged to take part in the ‘Walk to school’ week in May as part of increasing the fitness of our children and reducing the amount of fuel used to transport the children to school by car. Mount Cameron children and staff take part in the Junior Road Safety Officer scheme and work to promote road safety awareness with all children in the school. Part of our Development Plan this year is to start to work with the ECO Committee members and the whole school community on a school travel plan.

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School grounds

The ECO Committee has been talking about how we can improve our school grounds, making them look better and using our grounds as an important part of our class work. We have written a Litter Policy (pdf), which you can view and /or download.

The ECO Committee have been working on using a water butt to collect and recycle rain water, bird boxes and consulting with other children about what new play equipment children would like to see in the new build school. In addition, the ECO Committee have been working with the new school build team to ensure that we have an outdoor multi sports pitch and grassed areas in the playground! Also, we are organising positive play boxes for the playground, aimed at keeping our children active and happy during breaks, working in partnership with our Active Schools Coordinator and school staff.

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ECO Song

Our ECO Committee children developed an ECO Code Song, words matching the tune ‘We Will Rock You’. Listen to it now by following this link:

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School Travel Plan

Members of the ECO Committee worked with staff, the Parent Council, children in the school, South Lanarkshire Council Road Safety Department and members of the community to create and consult on a school Travel Plan. This Travel Plan was completed in May 2009 and shared with the school community. A huge amount of work went into the creation of the plan and lots of surveys and consultations took place (e.g. traffic speed survey). We have created and designed a special ‘walk every day, the Mount Cameron way!’ banner which is located on the school fence.

The School Travel Plan (pdf) is online for you to view and download.

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Useful Websites

More information about ECO Schools can be found on the website! (www.eco-schools.org.uk)
More information about The Water School website! (www.thewaterschool.co.uk)
More information about Health Promoting Schools can be found on the website! (http://www.healthpromotingschools.co.uk)

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