ECO Schools

Eco Council ‘Go Green Team’ at St Mary’s CE Primary School

What we do

Thirteen elected children from Year 1 to Year 6 work together on the Eco Council (‘Go Green Team’) to represent the pupils in their classes and share ideas on how to improve our school’s energy use, waste reduction, environment, impact upon the world and wildlife. We have a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary. We work on the 9 areas of Eco Schools – litter, transport, waste, energy, school grounds, biodiversity, healthy living, global citizenship and water. The many trips we have been on include: to Thames Water sewage works, to a 0-Carbon experimental housing development, Slough Green Schools Conference, a ‘Green Fair’ at a local school and a visit to a working farm.

Our best achievements

  • Eco Schools Bronze and Silver awards, Waste Weeks, Climate Weeks, Switch Off Fortnights, The Big Tidy, Bike It and The Big Pedal
  • The ‘Trashion Show’ (fashion from trash!), a Keep Britain Tidy national survey and our energy and waste monitoring which has resulted in lower energy used, more recycling, more composting, a food waste system and much less rubbish thrown away.

Garden Committee

Garden Committee at St Mary’s CE Primary School

What we do

10 children from Year 5 and 6 work together on the Garden Committee and work to make our gardens and grounds as good as we can. We also have volunteers from every year group to help us at lunchtimes. We look after the vegetable beds, our polytunnel, orchard and flower and herbs gardens throughout the year, from spring preparation, sowing and planting to summer fruiting and from autumn harvesting and storing to winter clearing and composting. 

Our best achievements

  • Selling our home grown crops and produce on our stalls throughout the year, at our school summer Food Fairs and at the 2012 Colne Valley Food and Music Fair. Children regularly cook with our own food and share this eg the football team’s soup and teas for away teams and for fundraising events such as Year 5’s ‘Classy Cakes’ for the UNICEF 2013 Day for Change!
  • We make our own fertilizer and nearly all our own compost and leaf-mould at school and have bug hotels, a wormery, insect and bird houses!
  • We have good water-saving facilities and good systems for preventing waste food in the gardens. We have been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening Level 4 award, a Love Local Food Award for enterprise, have held RHS ‘Get Your Grown Ups Growing’ days, are a LLF hub school for good growing practice and have been Slough in Bloom winners twice!

School Council

What we do

13 elected children from Year 1 to Year 6 work together on the School Council to represent the pupils in their classes and share ideas on how to improve our school. We have a Chairperson, vice chairperson, treasurer and secretary. We meet weekly to discuss our ideas and make decisions. We are working towards our school being the best that it can, with everyone able to share ideas on how to do this. We get involved in local events and go to the Houses of Parliament each year to find out how our democracy works.

Our best achievements

  • We have had several opportunities to speak to our Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart in past years in school and in Westminster and ask her about her work.
  • In spring 2013 some Year 6 children attended the Commonwealth Commemoration Ceremony in London too.
  • Our work in fundraising through the ‘International Day’ that we organized was recognized in the Speaker (of the House of Commons) School Council Awards and we received a certificate.
  • We have achieved a tyre play system for Key Stage 2 and new playground markings for Key Stage One.