Eco Council

Eco Council is made up of one pupil from each class from Year 1 – Year 6  who are chosen by the class teacher.

The aim of the Eco Council is to help the school develop as an Eco School.

Here is the Eco Council for 2016-17.

Eco Council 206-17

Eco Council 206-17

The Eco Council trip this year was to the Barnet Environment Centre where we looked at mini beasts, did a nature walk and hugged a tree!

Here are the minutes of our latest meeting: Eco minutes 2.3.17

The Eco Council braved the winter weather to plant some bushes in the new story area.

Here is last year’s Eco Council.

Eco Council 2015

Eco Council 2015-16

Switch Off Fortnight

This week is the launch of National ‘Switch Off Fortnight.’ Mr French and the Eco Council gave a very informative talk in assembly to all the children about why it is important to switch off.

At Holly Park we are going to try our best to remember to switch off lights when we are not in rooms, switch off computers and projectors when we are not using them. The children will monitor this and remind us all. The Eco Council children have made posters to go around the school to remind us all to do it. Maybe you could have a go at home too!

Here are the minutes from our meetings:

Eco council minutes 29.1.16

Eco council minutes 16.10.15

And here is last year’s Eco Council.

Eco Council 2014-15

Eco Council 2014-15

Here are the minutes for this year’s meetings:

Eco Council minutes 6.2.15

Eco Council minutes 28.11.14

Eco Council minutes 24.10.14

For the last Eco Council meeting of the school year we went to the allotment and dug up some potatoes and garlic. We gave the potatoes to Adam in the school kitchen to cook. And then Mr French brought us all some ice creams!

Eco Council had a very informative trip to the recycling centre in Summers Lane where they were shown all the things that could be recycled and what happens to them afterwards. They particularly enjoyed watching a crane using a mattress to clean the floor! Then they had a Forest School session in the woods where they made a den, climbed trees, looked for bugs and had a treasure hunt.


Here is the Eco Council for 2013-14.
Eco Council 2013-14

Eco Council 2013-14

Mr French treat the Eco Council to an end of term ice cream.

Ice cream

The Eco Council had a brilliant trip to London as a prize for winning a competition to build the best sculpture out of recycled materials. Here are their pictures.

The Eco Council went on a trip to the Barnet Countryside Centre where they went on a meadow walk to look at nature, searched for mini-beasts and looked at pond life.

Here are the minutes of the last Eco Council meeting: ECO Council Meeting Friday 2nd May

And here are the previous minutes:

ECO Council Meeting 14.3.14

ECO Council Meeting 30.1.14

ECO Council Meeting 5.12.13

Sculpture competition

The Eco Council (with a bit of help from their friends) collected masses of recyclable  material to make a massive sculpture for a competition. They chose to make a snowman called Jeff and their hard work paid off because they won the competition!

Jeff was featured on the cover of the Barnet magazine Barnet First. Read about it on the council website.
Barnet First
And here is last year’s Eco Council.
eco council 12 13

Eco Council 2012-13

Other member of the Eco Council are: Mrs Pelham (Deputy Head) ,Mr French (Teacher), Mr Reid (Site Manager), Mrs Pearson (Governor) and Mrs Quinton (Parent & Governor).

We are delighted to announce that in February  2013 we were awarded the Eco Schools Silver Award. This award was achieved by the hard work of both last year’s Eco Council and this year’s council.

To achieve the Silver Award, the council had to have regular Eco meetings involving staff members, pupils, a governor and a parent. The council completed an environmental review of the school and made an action plan from this.

The council then worked on several issues from the plan including an in-depth review of the school’s waste. Topics about the environment have also been covered across the curriculum nursery to Year 6.

Our Eco Code

Our Eco Code

Finally the Eco council created a whole school Eco code from ideas given by many children across the school. The new Eco code was presented in assembly and will be put up in every classroom . Our new Silver certificate will be displayed in the foyer and the Silver Award icon is already on the newsletter. Many thanks to everyone who helped us to achieve this award.

Latest news: The Eco Council has done an audit of all the bins in classrooms and is now doing a trial to see if it is possible NOT to use plastic bags in classroom and office bins. This would save around 1,000 plastic bags a year!

Making better use of our rain water

Holly Park won a bid to take part in a SUDs  (Sustainable Drainage Systems) project which was completed in May 2013. The project saw  a pond made in the allotment area with a riverbed cascade and an increase in the number of water butts for use in the allotment.

A swaile has also been created on the grass area in the junior playground at the bottom of the slope which will help to soak up excess water.

This is a very exciting project as we desperately need more water for our allotment area and having a pond on site will provide wonderful opportunities for studying wild life.

You can read more about Suds here: Holly Park World Water Day and Draft Design 2013

Year four planted the swaile with hundreds of plants which can withstand a lot of water or drought. Here they planting the swaile.

You can see more pictures of planting on our allotment page.

The first Eco Council trip

For the first time the Eco Council went on a trip to the Barnet Countryside Centre where they learnt about the Countryside Code and the damage litter can cause. They also went on a habitat walk and created their own memory sticks (more about that later).

But the highlight of the trip was pond dipping where they saw newts, mini beasts and even a kind of leech. Soon we will be able to do this in our very own pond.

This is what some of the children thought about the trip:

“I like pond dipping because I like looking at all the different creatures.Dolcie, Year 4.

“We got to learn about nature and food chains and what would happen to the human race without nature.” Mwenda, Year 6.

“We have learnt about all sorts of creatures and animals.” Tom Year 3.

“If we leave stuff on the floor it could harm animals and they could die.” Elias, Year 5.

“I liked the pond dipping because I liked seeing what kind of creatures lived there.” Lumini, Year 1.

“I liked using the map because it was quite mysterious where we had to go,” Borna, Year 5.

Here are some pictures of the pond dipping.

You can see more pictures of the day on our trips page.

Here’s something to try at home – making your own memory stick!

The Eco Council made memory sticks on their trip – but not ones to put in the computer! It’s something easy to do at home – get a bookmark size piece of card and attach a long strip of double-sided sticky tape.  Then stick on all the interesting things you can find in the parks or woods. We used leaves from herbs and scented plants, feathers, pine needles and interesting grasses.

Here are two of our Eco Council members showing us how:

*Picnic ChallengeAfter lunch at the Barnet Countryside Centre we took part in the Picnic Lunch Challenge where we examined the waste left after our lunch and what could be recycled. The non-recyclable waste was weighed at 100g. One person had left 60g of crusts! But one pupil, Mittal from Year 1, had no waste at all because he had brought his lunch in a reusable container and had eaten it all!