MADLEY ECO TEAM are concentrating on hand washing
Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. Our Eco team will be out and about in school making sure we all follow these steps to wash our hands properly.
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice!
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
This year our Eco-Reps are:
Y1 Lottie R and Rory
Y2 Hannah and Dexter
Y3 Kitty and Harry
Y4 Martha and Theo
Y5 Bertie and Keeya
Y6 Jacob W and Marley W
Being an Eco-Rep is an important part of Madley and our mantra is ‘Once an Eco-Rep, always an Eco-Rep. The children are given green polo shirt s which they wear with pride. The team encourage us to make small changes which will all help towards the sustainability of the planet and all the life within it.
We asked the children why they wanted to be an Eco-Rep. This is what a few of them said:
“I wanted to be an Eco-Rep because I want to save all the animals and save the world from litter’ Emilia Y6
‘Because I want to save the community and the seas and to stop litter being in there’ Martha Y4
‘Because I want to help endangered animals and insects. At Comets Meadow, we could plant wild flowers and pollinators to attract bees and perhaps have bee hives too’ Bertie Y5
Each year, our eco-team work on two or three of the nine different categories covered in our Eco-Schools Green Flag. They are Biodiversity, Energy, Global Citizenship, Healthy Living, Litter, Marine Life, School Grounds, Transport, Waste and Water.
At our first Eco meeting, our eco-reps decided that we should establish the School Grounds and Healthy Eating as our ‘Core Values’ and that the whole school should vote on which of the other categories we should concentrate on. Marine Life was their choice.
We will also incorporate Water as the children are keen to involve areas of the River Wye.
The children set out their aims for the whole school:
· To keep the school free from litter .
· To establish a robust campaign to encourage us all to do the right things and make the right choices.
· Make posters to support our campaign
· To make bird boxes
· To plant wild flowers and pollinating plants in the school grounds and at Comets Meadow
· To grow vegetables and sell them to raise funds to buys crops for sustainability
· Hold a presentation for the Pre-School and wider community
We will keep you updated on our progress this year and may have a call out for help with some of our ambitious projects.
We are very pleased and proud to announce that we have now had our Solar Panels installed after the initial suggestion came from our amazing young ECO Reps during a chat with the assessor when we were being inspected for our latest Green Flag Award.
The panels were installed during half term week, and there are 150 in total, which will generate a maximum of 43 kw/hour on a sunny day!
We will soon be taking delivery of a large screen which will be on display in the school corridor showing all of our data. We will be able to track the power generated, how much we have been able to pass onto the National Grid and how much we have used. From this information we can then calculate how much income we have generated.
We think you will agree that as an Eco School and holder of the Green Flag Award these solar panels are very much in keeping with the whole ethos of the school, and the Eco mantra, "Reduce, Re-use and Recycle!"
As a school our many thanks go to our Finance Governor Mr Lindley, who negotiated the finances with the LEA, also to Chair of Governors, Mr Johnson for enabling us to bring these plans to fruition, and as always our dedicated team of children.