· Update on school playground equipment project
· Coggeshall Carnival Poster competition
1. Mrs Sullivan read through FOSPS draft proposal for the play equipment. They have listed the things we said we did want to be included and the things we didn’t want (eg monkey bars). Mrs Appleton is now going to send this to companies and ask them to come and visit the school to see what they can offer us. We hope they might be able to install it by May half term.
2. Coggeshall Carnival Committee have asked if we will run a poster competition in school to promote this year’s summer carnival. School Council are going to make a PPT with Mrs Sullivan on Friday lunchtime to promote it in an assembly next week. We only know the date it is happening so far (no other details about stalls, floats etc).
School Council members talked about the forthcoming Green Week and how we could increase awareness through some simple art projects about the issues surrounding single use plastic. Council reps then talked about ideas they had we could do in classes or year groups. They looked at the story book Duffy’s Lucky Escape that schools will be using.
· Pictures of the ocean now and pictures of how oceans should look in an ideal world (any media children like eg paint, pastel, pencil)
· Sculpture of a tree made of single-use plastic with environmental messages stuck on
· Collages using mixed media including found plastic
· Playdough turtles
· Collage or models made out of plastic bottle tops
· Hang sculptures from the low ceiling in the hall
· Model turtle
· Wreath made of plastic bags
· Large scale collaborative mural
Teachers and classes can choose which of these ideas they would like to do
They also talked about little picking element part of this project. Mrs Styles is already working on this as part of her community work. We will talk to her about how this can be organised with school council helping her.
Some of our council members met online with other schools to discuss the Sustainable School Network plans.
As a group of schools we:
- Shared our group name – Essex Schools Young Eco Protectors and our mission statement and aims
- Thought about designing a logo. We shared the ideas that are on the UKSSN page for other network groups and asked children who were interested to get their designs ready by the Christmas holidays so we can ‘judge’ them
- We talked about our first joint campaigns. Litter picking was a popular choice – whether we have one big organised litter pick or each litter pick locally and share our results e.g. what is the most littered place in the UK? We also talked about school grounds, planting more trees (perhaps have a day for this), wasting less food, saving energy and water and protecting wildlife.
- Green week – we voted that the theme should be waste and recycling and it should happen in the Spring term. Ideas were having a zero waste day, book swaps, secondhand sales, making a sculpture of rubbish, making eco bricks etc.
We will have anothet online meeting soon.
Our School Council members met with Mrs Sullivan to look at and discuss some ideas for the some playground play equipment. Our PTA is fundraising and they would like to use our ideas.
Our School Council members met with Miss Smith on 7th October. The items on the agenda included:
- · Welcome to new school council members – school council notebook given out to record notes
- · Feedback from yr 5/6 about Essex Green schools
- · Discuss ideas for clubs
- · Improvements for breaktimes/lunchtimes and school environment
Following hustings and elections we now have our new School Council for 2022-2023.
Multi Schools Council Green Group
Some of our KS2 School Council members met with children from different schools across Essex this week. In the zoom meeting the children discussed ways to raise awareness of climate change and actions they could work on in their own schools and together.
They will meet again later this term to write an action plan and plan their next steps.