Welcome to Stanley High School’s Eco-Committee Webpage.
The aim of this page is to keep people informed about our work and share with you some of the things we have been working on this year. Although we are officially Stanley High School’s Eco-Committee… we prefer the term ‘Eco’; it’s much shorter and much less of a mouthful!
Who are ‘Eco’?
Eco are a group of like-minded individuals who meet every week. Our group is comprised of around 20 students (mainly in Years 7 and 8… with a couple of 9s and 10s) and 3 staff. Our aim is to try and create a better environment around our school and for the people, plants and animals who use it. We actively seek ways in which we can reduce the environmental impact of our school and try to improve the school environment.
We have ten guiding aims. These are:
- Biodiversity– helping to create and maintain a wide range of plants and animals on the school grounds.
- Energy– looking for ways to reduce our energy use in school, protect the environment and save money.
- Global Citizenship- taking an active role in our school community and trying to make both our school and the world a more peaceful, sustainable and fairer place.
- Healthy Living– look for ways in which we can use the natural world to improve our health and well-being.
- Litter– reducing the amount of litter on the school site.
- Marine– helping to protect and conserve the world’s oceans by educating both staff and students.
- School Ground– Improving our school grounds for staff, students, plants and wildlife.
- Transport– Promoting and encouraging sustainable transport for both students and staff.
- Waste– thinking about the rubbish we produce… can we refuse, reduce, reuse, repair or recycle? What can we do to create less rubbish around school?
- Water– making sure that we value and preserve water, our most precious natural resource
Eco get together most Tuesday afternoons after school. Each week we will tend to complete a different activity. These can include working in our wildlife areas; learning about important environmental issues or looking for wildlife around the school site. Each half-term we hold a ‘proper’ meeting and discuss the progress of our projects and plan for the next few months. Students regularly use the time to plan and develop their own personal projects. These can be very varied and depend on the student’s individual interests.
For example, Josh has spent lots of time this year designing and building bug hotels to help establish invertebrate populations in our nature areas.
Amy has also spent a lot of time helping to create a nature area at the side of the Science labs. She has also created signs for every classroom which encourage people to turn out the lights.
Noah, Shaun and Ruben have been building bird boxes and surveying rubbish which is left around school.
The next project is to build some Jackdaw nest boxes to place in the tall tree at the side of the Trust Offices. Jackdaws currently nest underneath the school roof… but once the roof gets repaired, they are going to be left homeless!