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School Council Eco Board

Our School Eco Council has 30 members, two children from each key stage 1 and key stage  2 class, led by Miss Besely. The children are elected to the School Council by their peers. They take whole school issues and ideas from their own class and feed them into the School Council. They also share ideas and decisions from School Council with their class. Decisions made within School Council can, and do, have a real impact on the rest of the school.

 

Tudor's school council is an important and useful way to provide leadership and development opportunities for our pupils. School council is a great way for students to take on leadership roles, promote the voice of the student body, problem-solve and impact their community

 

 

Our School Eco Council aims to encourage our children to:

  • Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities
  • Prepare them to play an active role as citizens and be good upstander.
  • Develop healthy, safer lifestyles, and the environment around us. 
  • Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people
  • To have a “voice” and to share their opinions and ideas with others

 

Do you know who your school councillor is?

 

What ideas do you have to improve our school?

 

 

School Council Projects

Summer Term 2024 

 

On 15th May the school councillors conducted an environmental review. 

An environmental review is a way of assessing our school's environmental performance and establishing priorities for action. It is a three-stage process:

  • establishing environmental issues.
  • setting targets for improvement. 
  • implementing the action plan. 

 

Once we have established and verified the environmental baseline, we developed a series of broad objectives and more specific targets to improve the environmental performance of our school.

Our choice of objectives and targets depended on the most significant issues we identified in the baseline review. 

During the review, we discovered our successful areas are Transport, biodiversity, and waste. The JTAs have done a lot of work with school streets, cycling, and walking to school-campaigns. The eco school council has now introduced paper recycling bins to each room and fewer plastic bottles in classes are now visible. Our garden and plants are thriving on he school grounds attracting biodiversity. 

 

The next steps are to look at our low areas, which are water, marine, and global citizenship. Well-done results to the school councillors for conducting the environmental review. You can see the review results below. 

 

 

 

Seerat and Haziq School councillors -  did a thorough job with the energy audit, and it's great to see recognition for those who are actively participating in recycling and reducing energy consumption. The energy audit was conducted on Earth Day 22nd April. 

 

Addressing the paper waste issue is crucial. Providing recycling bins specifically for paper in each class can make a significant difference. Encouraging students to use both sides of paper before discarding it is an excellent habit to instill, and finding alternative uses for blank sheets, like taking them home or offering them to the Nursery, is a thoughtful solution.

 

Regarding the lights left on during PE classes, perhaps implementing a system where students are responsible for ensuring lights are turned off after use could help. Similarly, for PCs left on, creating a protocol for shutting them down when not in use can save a considerable amount of energy.

 

The observation about lights being left on in areas like the staff room and ICT room when they're not in use highlights the need for increased awareness among staff about energy conservation. Simple reminders or notices about turning off lights when leaving a room can be effective in changing habits.

 

Overall, raising awareness about energy conservation and implementing practical solutions like designated recycling bins and turning off lights when not needed can contribute significantly to reducing the school's environmental impact, please find attached the energy audit report.

Spring 2024

The school council members from Tudor Primary School, along with Miss Besely and Mrs. Aggarwal, had a fantastic opportunity to showcase their eco-school project at the Ealing Council Empowering Students to be Upstanders1 Conference on Tuesday, February 27th.

Karan, Zoiya, and Rayaan (Years 6 and 5), demonstrated remarkable dedication and initiative by representing their school and discussing sustainability and climate action. Their presentation impressed an audience of 80 adults, earning praise from other speakers and leaders of Eco School England, and other Head Teachers.

The student's efforts in creating an eco-strategy and implementing sustainability initiatives at Tudor Primary School were commendable and inspiring. Their participation in the conference not only highlighted their achievements but also contributed to the broader goal of encouraging environmental consciousness and eco-friendly practices within schools and communities.

"The children did us proud and showed great dedication to the work they do as school council members as they participated throughout the conference. Congratulations to all our school members who have diligently worked over the past two years to uphold Tudor's values and foster a positive environment filled with respect and love. Your dedication and effort have truly made a difference in our school community. Keep up the excellent work". Miss Besely.

"All three were praised for being so articulate, confident, and clear" Mrs. Aggarwal

Well done to all our school members over the past two years who have worked hard every day to ensure Tudor respects and loves our school environment.

Tudor Primary received a total 4 Healthy Schools points to add to our point system.

School council Eco Sustainability Superstars presentation for the Health and Improvement Conference on 27th Feb 2024

Rayaan

At Tudor Primary School, our school council actively monitors waste in classrooms, enforcing a ban on plastic and promoting reusable water bottles. We did this weekly and each school council member checks every Friday to tally up how many plastic water bottles were brought in.

We also implemented paper bins in each classroom so the paper can be reused for example in the Nursery or for creative lessons. This helped us to reduce paper waste.

 

 Karan

During the Spring Term, we introduced meat-free Mondays, promoting more plant-based food, we did this to change our eating habits and become more healthy as well as encouraging us to have a school meal at least once a week.   This was done by meeting with the school catering team and deciding on what menu to use in compliance with the ingredients they could only use. This helped encourage more students to take up a school meal too. In April 2024 the canteen has also decided to use more plant-based dishes daily instead of just Mondays. This has improved our food waste too and also fewer children are now bringing in packed lunches which means less waste and children are having a full healthy meal at lunch times.

 

Zoiya

In the spring term 2023, we joined Planet Mark and became sustainability superstars, we took part in a full-day session of workshops and exercises. We explored climate change issues and discussed this using scientific facts and impacts. We investigated ways to make a change in how we can shop at home, and how to reduce food miles so that less food is transported from other countries to reduce pollution and emissions into the air.

We learned the benefits of growing our food at home instead, and how this can help reduce and help the rainforest's future.

We did an exercise to show if we were shoppers, learners, shouters, or doers to encourage our parents and other students to change habits in the way they shop and to make better choices to become more sustainable around our school environment and at home. For example, we asked everyone to grow their vegetables at home challenge. Shop at your local grocery store or local farms to help local businesses grow, this meant that we would help reduce food miles would mean less emissions in the air and learn how to eat healthy at home.

 

Rayaan

Did you know?

UK schools could reduce energy costs by £44 Million per year and prevent 625,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere (that's an average saving of approximately £1300.00 per year, per school in the UK.

In our school community, we wanted to try and reduce our carbon footprint at least by 50%. So we started small and we are working towards this goal.

 

In the first spring term, we joined Planet Mark a sustainability certification measuring our carbon and social data to cut emissions around our school area.

We decided on which areas we wanted to try and control that would be simple yet effective for everyone to keep up with. We focused on three areas;

  • Reuse – bring in reusable water bottles instead of plastic.
  • Recycle – reduce waste like paper – use both sides of the paper for art lessons or donate to the Nursery. We also decided that we could recycle our uniforms by donating them to the school office to help families with low income.
  • Reduce – In this area we decided to reduce food waste as mentioned earlier and to introduce a switch-off campaign around the school.

 

 Karan

The switch-off campaign urged all children and staff to turn off appliances and lights when not in use. Then our energy bills were sent to Planet Mark, which led to a certificate. From the data, we found that the relative carbon footprint of our school was 0.2tCO2 per staff and pupil which was quite low.

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To encourage this we made posters to stick up in each room next to the light switches to ensure everyone is reminded to turn off lights when classrooms are empty.

 

 Zoiya

Our goal was to become an eco-school and to ensure that the whole school community supported our eco-project, so we created a pledge, our 6-point pledge includes how we should behave and look after our environment in and out of school. This includes

  • Being caring and keeping our school clean.
  • Learning – by giving different ideas and taking action to be more sustainable
  • Reducing – introducing recycling
  • Eating – eating healthy and more plant-based food
  • Travel – At Tudor, we also have a team of Junior Travel Ambassadors who monitor and encourage the school community to walk to school.

 

 Rayaan

In the summer term, children surveyed their families on their recycling habits

The surveys revealed that 85% of families had low participation in understanding how to reduce our carbon footprint in terms of lack of resources

We then created with their families personalised recycling bins posters to promote our 3 R’s Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce.

We also took community action with our JTA’s, with the help of the Ealing council the children and the council implemented a rush hour restriction to Tudor Road to stop vehicles coming down the road during rush hour to improve the air quality and emissions on our school road.

 

 Karan

In the summer term, the school council focused on sustainability at Wolfe Fields Nature Reserve. At the reserve, we learned sustainable practices like growing fruit, and looking after trees, and harvesting berries and apples. We explored the sensory garden and listened to nature sounds which taught us about mindfulness and the importance of a clean environment for wildlife. We observed a bee hut producing honey and learned that the reserve uses recycled materials to attract biodiversity.

 

 Zoiya

Part of our next action plan is to prepare for our summer fair, the school council will be asking everyone to donate nearly new school uniforms which we will then put on a swap shop as part of our 3 R’s Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse campaign, and this will enable to get our whole school community involved.

Our action plan was set in September so we can monitor and evaluate our goals and see our progress, this is also a good way to showcase to our governors and teachers so everyone feels involved.

School Council Eco Day - Wear Green and Switch of Lights Launch Campaign 9th Feb

Autumn and Spring 2023-2024

 

This term we are learning about Climate Response. Climate change has been incredibly challenging. In the next few weeks I want you all to investigate the different roles and ways we can respond to help climate change, are you a doer, shopper, learner, or a shouter? A Doer is: what do we do to help the climate at school - (for example - you can pick up litter, recycle paper, travel to school on bikes or walk, less fuel in the air).
 A Shopper is: how do you shop smart - (for example shop at your local store to reduce travel miles on food, and this way you support your local business, shop for more healthy food, less junk food, and less meat. Shop for recycled clothes from charity shops or reuse and upcycle your clothes, grow your food at home)
 A Learner is: how do you learn about the climate, look at animals and their habitats, learn about the rainforests use your local library, read books about the environment, watch documentaries on the earth)
 A Shouter: Teach others, and draw posters on how to save energy around the school and how to keep your environment clean.
 Climate change is happening everywhere the rainforest is being affected, the weather is getting too warm or too cold. I want you all to look at ways you can help climate change and reduce your carbon footprint. Answer the following questions
 Can you tell me what a carbon footprint is?
 Are you a doer, shopper, learner, or shouter?
 How can you change the ways you shop, learn, and do or teach others about climate change?
 How will you use this in school?
Children are asked to create a switch-off lights posters to display around the school.

Summer Term 2 Project 2023

 

When St Georges heard how much the school council has done and about our achievements, Rev Ramsey invited the school council to the Wolfe Fields Nature Reserve. It was an amazing day here. This nature reserve is solely built by volunteers in the local community. Other schools have also been part of t and have created some amazing artwork, (an owl model and Noah’s ark model made all out of canned drinks and food.

At the reserve, we learned about how we can be more sustainable at home by growing our own fruit trees. We even got to pick berries, plums, and apples from the tree to take them home with us.

We looked at the sensory garden and learned how the sounds of nature can guide us and learned about mindfulness. Having a clean environment earns we are welcoming more wildlife into the community and this way the animals also feel safe and enjoy the nature around us.

We looked at the bee hut, where bees produced their own honey and the church then uses this to distribute to families and gatherings at the church.

We learned how recycled material can be used to create your own garden and help attract biodiversity in your local area. The children had to identify different insects around the reserve, from ladybirds, and bees, to tadpoles, and frogs, and even did a bit of bird watching.

 

We smelt and felt different plants that can be used to make tea at home, cakes, and various textures of leaves and their purpose.

 

This was a great way for our school council to end the year.

Summer Term 1 Project 2023

In the summer term, we wanted the school council to continue to reduce our theme on carbon footprint.

Children did a survey at home with their families, to show how many of their family members reduce, reuse and recycle at home. Children carried out a home recycling survey. The results showed that not many parents recycled at home, due to not having enough recycling bins at home or because families were just not aware. The children then encourage their families to take part in recycling but ask their families to help them create posters at home of their own monster recycling bins.

The members created some lovely posters and even characterise their recycling bins so that they could engage more people around the school and at home to keep on recycling.

The posters also summarised our three ‘R’s Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The children have been using this and reminding children in class why saving energy and keeping our environment clean is beneficial to everyone.

All our work is displayed in our school council journal which is kept in the main office.

Planet Mark Eden Project 2 

 

The school council has been working very hard to become 'sustainability superstars'. The children took part in an all-day session with Planet Mark on Wednesday 15th March. The three sessions the pupils to look at the issues of climate change and investigate the different roles and ways of responding to how we can make a change. The children briefly reviewed the science of climate change – the root cause of the problem and the likely impacts. We also discussed how our own behaviour influences what other people do and that by working together we can demand that governments and businesses also take action and effect real change.

 

The children discussed how rainforests are linked to our lives and why should we care about their fate. This workshop addressed these questions and looks at how the actions that we take can affect the indigenous people of the rainforest and, in turn, the future of the rainforests themselves.

Through each workshop, the children created some amazing work including their own domino affect chart on the changes we can make to help the environment.

 

School Council Sustainable Planet Mark Project 1

 

The School council reps have been very busy working hard to ensure that we are all doing our bit to lower our carbon footprint, our aim for this year is to become an eco-school. 

 

In January 2023 the children made a pledge to show how we care for our community, care for each other, and the steps we are taking as a school to become more environmentally friendly. 

 

Our pledge consists of the following 6 points;

 

Care—we show care in school, play leaders, and school council reps. We also care for the environment around us and keep our classes clean. We care for ourselves by, making good choices, eating healthily, wearing clean and dressing well when at school. We care about nature with lots of Forest school events taking place, local walks, and looking after the school plants. 


 Learn— through learning we evolve and create more ideas. We have created a learning journal for our sustainable project. Here you can see what the school council has done so far and what we have learned about the world, this has been done through geography lessons, sugar smart, farming, healthy choices in PHSE, and healthy eating.


 Reduce—We have stopped plastic water bottles from being brought into school. We have asked all staff and pupils to only bring in reusable water bottles to school, this is more cost-effective but also helps us reduce plastic waste. The school council children have been doing a tally chart on a weekly basis and recording this on our eco journal to see which class is doing their part and keeping waste to a minimum. 


 Recycle—there are now recycle bins in each classroom for paper waste, do you know that Nursery are always looking for scrap paper so why not share resources that we don’t want anymore. Or we can take scrap paper home it will encourage us to write, draw or get creative at home.


 Eat—Tudor Primary school is now a Meat Free Monday school. our Monday dinner menu consists of vegan and new vegetarian dishes. Having at least one plant-based day a week is a fun and easy way to do something good for the planet and our future. Meat Free Monday is a great initiative to encourage pupils and staff to have a healthier diet, save animals and the planet and at least once a week. 


 Travel—the JTA’s have been working on reducing the carbon footprint around the area of the school, Tudor road will now be monitored by a camera, and it will not let any vehicles drive down the road from 8.30am and 3.pm, this will help reduce daily school rush, make it safe for us to come to school and the air quality. We have had air quality lessons and lessons on being more active

 

 

At the end of the first Spring Term the school council became a member of Planet Mark. Planet Mark is a sustainability certification that verifies and measures carbon and social data to reduce emissions around our school and this helps us to do our part in saving the planet. At Tudor, we are starting off small by implementing a 'switch off' campaign. We are encouraging all staff and pupils to switch off any appliances and lights when a classroom is not in use. We then sent our school energy bills from last year to Planet Mark, and we are happy to announce that we are now a Planet Mark-certified organisation.  Tudors Primary School’s total carbon footprint was 108.4 tCOe and the relative carbon footprint was 0.2 tCOe per pupil and staff. 

 

School Council Biodiversity Project 2022-2023

The school council will be monitoring waste in all classrooms, the children have decided that no more plastic is allowed in school, children should be bringing in re-usable water bottles to reduce waste. We also have meat free Mondays and everyone is to recycle paper. the council members will be monitoring on a weekly basis and record the findings in our biodiversity journal. 

School Council Spring 2022 Project

February 2022 - Tudor’s school councilors have been working very hard on their sustainability project. Since 2020 the school council have learnt a lot about how to keep the environment safe and do their part in helping reduce their carbon footprint. After tie-dying their t-shirts with natural ingredients, the children have now been working on how we as a school can do our part by reducing traffic and cars to school, working alongside the JTA’s.

 

The Children wanted to make a statement and we had the chance to create a mural and our own logo to show how we care about the environment. The children also wanted to show how Tudor cares for their environment so the councillors had an opportunity to create their own logo to represent how recycling is important and this incorporated in our new colourful mural on the school grounds to reflect that the environment around us.   

School Council Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle Sustainability Project Part 3

School Council Sustainability Project Part 2 17th June 2021; School Council children from years 1-6 started their new project on sustainability. We were lucky to have a special visitor to the school, Miss Shah, who has carried out numerous projects on sustainability to do this amazing workshop with our children.  Ms Besely and Miss Shah. showed the children how we can reuse, repurpose and recycle clothing, the theme this week is being able to recycle fashion.

 

Children took part in a tie-dye activity, children brought in their old t-shirts and we repurposed these by tie-dying with natural products which are safe for the environment.  For our dye we used vegetables such as beetroot, red cabbage and turmeric powder.  Children learnt that tie-dying using natural products are environmentally friendly and this way we can also reuse our old vegetables instead of throwing it away.

 

Vegetables were boiled using hot water and salt. We let the water sit for an hour to cool down and children then dyed their t-shirts. Presentation on the 7 R’s (Recycle, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Re-sale. Recover.) was also presented to the children about how sustainability can be part of our everyday lives and children took part in a Q&A task.  The school councilors enjoyed the second part of our sustainability project, and they were very pleased with their new repurposed t-shirts.

School Council Sustainability Project Part 2 17th June 2021; 7 R's Presentation!

School Council Sustainability Project 2021 Part 1 10th June 2021 -

School Council Sustainability Project 2021 Part 1 10th June 2021 -

 

The School councilors have been very busy learning about sustainability. Our first lesson consisted of the pupils hearing and learning about the key sustainability terms. Teach pupils to take ownership of their carbon footprint. Alongside teaching these Reduce, Reuse, Recycle lessons, pupils each week came up with their own ideas on what they wanted to teach and learn from the other school council children. Priyanka and Dhanveer worked extremely hard in creating a great PowerPoint presentation on how we as a school can reduce our carbon footprint and what is sustainability. Priyanka and Dhanveer show cased their presentation to each class in KS2, about how they have been growing their own plants and what they have been learning about sustainability!