All our staff and pupils are committed to educating about caring for and respecting the environment and developing sensible citizens that are able to make valuable decisions.
The Eco Team at our school has a key role in achieving this and is a vital part of our Eco-Schools programme. The Eco Team are selected members of the School Council, certain pupils who have enthusiastically supported Eco issues and asked to be part of the team and Miss Flynn and Mrs. Moriarty (PSHE Leaders).They represent the whole school community.
Christ the King Catholic Primary School Eco Team purposes:
- To ensure a whole school approach about caring for the environment.
- To involve pupils in making decisions about whole school eco-actions and developing policies with eco links.
- To support the school community in developing an awareness of environmental issues.
- To develop a structure to implement the national Eco-Schools Programme in the school.
The Eco Team plays integral part in monitoring and implementing other elements:
- Waste minimisation
- Healthy Living
- School grounds
- Global Citizenship
- Eco – Schools Scheme
Christ the King Catholic Primary School is a member of the Eco – Schools Programme. This is an international initiative that encourages pupils to engage with the environment and sustainable development issues. We hope to renew our Eco-Schools Green Flag Award during the Autumn Term.
‘Our mission is to help make every school in the country sustainable and to bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them so that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities. What’s more, by addressing environmental issues in school and reducing waste, they’ll save money, which can be reinvested elsewhere.’
Our Eco Team are currently working with ‘Food For Thought’, the company which provides our fresh food for school dinners. We have consulted with them about growing our own vegetables and plants in the school grounds. Their staff have been very helpful and even recommended growing certain plants that would encourage biodiversity by being attractive to a range of insects.
Merseyside Biobank are also supporting us to encourage biodiversity in our school grounds. Merseyside Biobank is a record centre for conservation that have an office in Court Hey, Childwall. Their staff monitor wildlife in North Merseyside and identify ‘Local Priority Species’ that are becoming less and less common. It was surprising to learn that starlings, sparrows, frogs and toads are ‘Local Priority Species’ in our area. To help us play our part in developing these species, Merseyside Biobank staff has suggested that we install birdfeeders and monitor the birds and other wildlife that visits our grounds.