Our Eco Council was established after a year 6 pupil wrote to Mr. Cairns to make the case for setting one up. She argued that the school could do more to support the environment - we had to agree! The pupil, who is now in secondary school, read a large number of applications and recruited members to the team. Working alongside Mr Thompson (our vice chair of governors, who also happens to work for the Environment Agency) and Mr Meaton (our link member of staff) the Eco-Council set off on making a positive change within Belle Vue Primary School and beyond.
One of the first tasks our Eco Council did was to create a mission statement in order to guide the Eco-Council in future years. After looking at a number of professional mission statements, from multi-national organisations to local charities, our Eco-Council came up with their vision for the future. What do you think?
Belle Vue Primary School Eco Council will help others to create and develop a sustainable school life, supporting a healthy planet. We set ambitious and innovative goals, inspiring our school, our community and our city.
“Small things make a big difference.”
To establish a starting point for the school, the Eco-Council then conducted a school environmental review. As you can see below, the school has quite a few areas that we can improve!
This academic year, new members of our Eco-Council were elected by their peers. So far, we have held several meetings to discussed our projects, which include planting over 400 trees, creating a new wildflower meadow and reducing waste within the school. The Eco-council have also enjoyed planting some bulbs in our new wild area, which we hope will look lovely when they shoot in the Spring!