This year we have set up an Eco-Committee consisting of 14 students from all year groups. The Eco-Committee works alongside Eco-Schools which is an international award programme guiding schools on their sustainable journey. As a school we hope to reduce pollution and waste and encourage a greener lifestyle.
Wear Green, Go Green Assembly
For our Wear Green, Go Green Day our Eco-Committee held an assembly highlighting the effects of plastic pollution. Did you know that unless we make changes now, by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish?
Wear Green, Go Green Day
On Friday 15th November, pupils were invited to wear green.This was to show support for our planet and to raise awareness of the effects single use plastics are having on it. The most shocking impacts of marine plastics are that it is ingested and the entanglement of hundreds of marine species. Animals such as seabirds, whales, fish and turtles mistake plastic for food and most will die of starvation as their stomachs are filled with plastic. At St. Thomas Aquinas we are strongly encouraging pupils to refrain from using any clingfilm or sandwich bags and to use a reusable plastic pot instead, which will be provided to all children.
We are proud to announce that on the 11th October 2019, St Thomas Aquinas school achieved the Eco-Schools Silver Award. This is a huge step towards achieving our Green Flag Award.
We are also proud to announce that following the hard efforts of the Eco-Committee and help from Breakfast Club we have now installed out first water butt. This will enable our students to use recycled water to feed our plants and vegetables.
The Eco-Committee have carefully selected light monitors for each classroom. Our new light monitors are in charge of ensuring lights are switched off anytime the classroom is left empty. They have also recently installed posters next to each light switch in every classroom encouraging pupils to switch the lights off.
KS2 Recycling Factory Visit
Our KS2 Eco-committee members recently visited Milton Keynes Recycling Factory. They learnt t which items can and cannot be recycled and what happens to our recycled items. They also learnt about a range of technologies which sort and separate the paper, cans and plastics and how they are then baled ready for transportation to be made into new recycled products. This visit was very informative and our pupils have returned to school full of knowledge as to why it is important to recycle.
Following the hard work of our Eco-Committee and the success of the climate change assembly, we are proud to announce that on the 16th September 2019 we were awarded the Eco-Schools Bronze Award.
Climate Change Assembly
At the end of last term, our current year 6 class felt it was important to tackle climate change. Each child wrote a letter to our local MP Mr. Iain Stewart explaining their concerns and asked for advice on tackling issues. After receiving and reading all 30 letters, MP Mr. Iain Stewart arranged to visit the school.
Our Eco-Committee held an assembly and invited Mr. Stewart on stage. Pupils asked questions about renewable energy in Milton Keynes, his ideas on how to make a global impact and why climate change is not taught in schools as part of the National Curriculum.
“It was wonderful to meet pupils at St Thomas Aquinas to discuss environmental issues and hear their ideas for helping the planet,” said MP Mr Iain Stewart.
Our Eco-Committee have created a school Eco-Code – our own ethos for the school.
We recently carried out an environmental review on our school. We discovered that we were really good at maintaining our school grounds, reducing pollution by actively travelling into school and we have a great understanding of healthy living. We also discovered that we needed to improve on some areas such as our understanding on marine life conservation (the effect single-use plastics have on marine life), being able to feed plants using recycled water and reducing the energy we use.
We have chosen to focus on improving these 3 topics: Marine, Energy and Water.