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Fact 10 for the Big Pedal brings us to the United States of America and more specifically Mammoth Lakes.

Cam Zink holds the record for the longest dirt jump mountain bike backflip. He jumped 30-55 metres in Mammoth Lakes, California. 

Friday 31st March saw the end of the Big Pedal. It had gone on for two weeks and was a fantastic opportunity for parents and children to cycle, scoot and flicker their way to school each day. 

The last day saw Superhero Day or Colours Day where the girls and boys could dress up in their favourite Superhero costume if they had one. And lots of children do and did !

Well done and thank you to everyone that took part in Superhero Day. The array and colour of costumes was brilliant !

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The Big Pedal Interesting Fact for Day 9 comes from South America, Colombia and Bogota to be more precise. 

Every Sunday, over 70 miles of streets are closed to cars in Bogota, Colombia. The weekly "Ciclovias" are used by approximately 2 million people to run, scoot and cycle through the city.

Thursday 30th March was the penultimate day of the Big pedal and the day set aside for all bicycles, scooters and flickers to get marked with a postcode. Whilst this has been done for the last number of years, a lot of children have received new bikes, scooters and flickers for birthdays, as Christmas presents, or they have been replaced due to wear and tear or damage or simply because the child has outgrown their last bike, scooter or flicker. Once again, it was a very popular event and a lot of children took the opportunity to get their bicycles, scooters and flickers. 

Many thanks to the ladies who marked all the bikes.

Children who got their postcodes marked on their bicycles, scooters and flickers

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Day 8 was the first really bad weather day in the last two weeks and this had a huge impact on the number of people - children and adults alike - that cycled, scooted or rode their flicker to school.

Hopefully, the weather will be kinder and shine on Thursday as the children will be riding their bikes, scooters and flickers to St Mary's so that they can have their post code marked on their bikes.

The Interesting Fact for Day 8 is the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

Maria Leijerstam is the first person to cycle to the South Pole. Starting at the Ross Ice Shelf, it took her 10 days, 14 hours and 56 minutes to make the crossing.

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The Day 7 Fact is from South Africa and Cape Town in particular.

The 2004 Cape Argus Pick 'n' pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town was the largest bicycle race in the world. 42,614 people entered but only 31,219 finished !

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Day 6 Big Pedal Interesting Fact.

This is about Malawi and the town of Lilongue.

In rural parts of Malawi, bicycle ambulances are used to transport people to hospital.

Day 5 was another successful day for St Mary's in the Big Pedal. The weather was good and children and adults cycled, scooted, flickered and walked in excellent numbers. 

Our school continues to wheel up the leader board of school that are taking part in the Big pedal and we are at an all time high.

The Day 5 focus is on New Zealand and New Plymouth in particular.

The largest parade of scooters was at an event in New Plymouth. 489 people scooted around the city.

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After 3 days of the Big Pedal our school lies 240th in the UK for journeys made by bike, scooter and flicker. This is not just the girls and boys but what the Big Pedal organisers call "supporters," that is, adults that ride a bike when accompanying their son or daughter to and from school each day.

St Mary's is also high up the charts because of the number of children and adults that are walking to school each morning and afternoon.

These figures are combinations of whole journeys form home to school and half journeys where half the trip has been by car before the car is parked and the final stage of the school run is done either on 2 wheels or foot.

congratulations and well done to everyone that is taking part and moving our school up the Big pedal ladder !

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Day 4 and the focus is on China.

There are more than 1 billion bicycles in the world. Roughly half of those are in the capital of Beijing.

Day 3 brings us to India and Delhi in particular.

City rickshaws have been a popular mode of transport in India since the 1940s. It is the cheapest way to travel around the city of Delhi.

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Day 2 of the Big Pedal and country number 2 is France.

The Tour de France is the most famous bicycle race in the world. It takes place over 23 days and finishes in Paris each year.

The promotional posters advertising the Big pedal show a map of the world with the numbers 1 - 10 spread across the globe. Each number represents a different country with an accompanying fact about cycling in that particular country.

Day 1 shows the Netherlands and Groningen. 

70% of journeys to schools and universities in the city of Groningenare made by bicycles.

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A screen shot of the Home Page of our school website promoting the Big Pedal. The competition is approaching the half day mark and the results are very encouraging.
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It is brilliant to see the constant stream of children and adults cycling or walking to and from school each day. The bike tunnels are jam packed each day with bicycles, scooters and flickers.
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There were lots of bikes in school today in the various designated areas. Here are two photos of the bike stands in the Key Stage 2 yard. Hopefully, there will even more bikes and scooters as the Big Pedal progresses.

There were lots of bikes in school today in the various designated areas. Here are two photos of the bike stands in the Key Stage 2 yard. Hopefully, there will even more bikes and scooters as the Big Pedal progresses. 1
There were lots of bikes in school today in the various designated areas. Here are two photos of the bike stands in the Key Stage 2 yard. Hopefully, there will even more bikes and scooters as the Big Pedal progresses. 2

The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more !

The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 1
The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 2
The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 3
The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 4
The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 5
The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 6
The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 7
The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 8
The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 9
The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 10
The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 11
The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 12
The first day of the Big Pedal 2017. We hope that everyone that cycled, scooted or walked had an enjoyable trip to and from school today (although the rain started in the afternoon which probably dampened people's enthusiasm) and everyone is invigorated to do more ! 13

All pupils can have their bicycles marked with their postcode on Thursday 30th March. A number of parents and children availed of this initiative last year. It is hoped that those that have changed their bicycle or scooter, or who missed out on the opportunity last year, can benefit this year.

 

Each bicycle / scooter will be marked using a UV pen with the child’s house number and postcode. This will enable the bike / scooter to be returned to its owner in the event of it being lost or stolen and recovered.

 

A permission slip should be completed and returned to your child’s teacher before Wednesday 28th.

Decorate your bike or scooter day is Tuesday 28th March.

Remember, the bigger and brighter the better !

A part of the Big Pedal each child is encouraged to decorate their bike / scooter / flicker, not forgetting their helmet, in whatever way they like – as long as the bike or scooter is still safe to ride. There will be a prize for the best decorated and imaginative bicycles and scooters in each class. The theme is entirely up to them.

Bicycles, scooters and flickers will be judged on Tuesday 28th March.

Some examples of bright bikes !

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Super Hero Day is Friday 31st March - the last day of the Big pedal 2017

As part of the Big Pedal 2017 the children are being asked to dress up as a Superhero on Friday 31st March. It is open to every child in the school.

Therefore, we would encourage as many of the children as possible to get into the spirit of the Big Pedal and cycle or scoot or walk to school on this day dressed as Superman, Catwoman or Bananaman, etc.

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St Mary's Cycle Policy March 2017

 

St Mary’s Primary School recognises the many positive benefits of pupils cycling to and from school. We therefore look to encourage this form of travel behaviour in as many ways as possible.

 

Some of the benefits of cycling to school include:

  • Improving health through physical activity.

  • Establishing positive active travel behaviours.

  • Promoting independence and improving safety awareness.

  • Reducing congestion, noise and pollution in the community.

  • Reducing environmental impact of the journey to school.

 

To encourage as many pupils to cycle to school as we can, the School will:

 

  • Actively promote cycling as a positive way of travelling.

  • Celebrate the achievements of those who choose to cycle to school.

  • Provide cycle storage on the school site.

  • Provide high quality cycle proficiency training to all pupils in Primary 7 who wish to participate.

 

To make cycling to and from school a positive experience for everybody concerned, we expect our pupils to:

 

  • Ride sensibly and safely and to follow the Highway Code.

  • Take responsibility for checking that their bicycle is roadworthy and regularly maintained.

  • Behave in a manner which shows them and the school in the best possible light and to consider the needs of others when cycling.

  • Consider wearing a cycle helmet.

  • Ensure they can be seen by other road users, by using bicycle lights and wearing high-visibility clothing, as appropriate.

 

For the well-being of our pupils, we expect parents and carers to:

 

  • Encourage their child to take up opportunities to develop their competence and confidence in cycling.

  • Provide their child with the appropriate safety equipment such as high-visibility clothing, bicycle lights and cycle helmet as appropriate.

  • Ensure that the cycles ridden to school are roadworthy and regularly maintained.

 

The decision as to whether a child is competent to cycle to and from school safely rests with the parents/carer and the school has no liability for any consequences of that decision. Parents are advised to take out appropriate insurance cover as the school’s insurance does not cover loss or damage to bicycles.

 

Signed on behalf of St Mary’s Primary School

 

Name …Kieran Prenter

 

Position …Bike It Coordinator / Champion

 

Date ...March 2017

The Big Pedal 2017

A photograph of one of the very successful Bike It days from the Big Pedal 2016. We would encourage even more parents and pupils to become involved this year!

A photograph of one of the very successful Bike It days from the Big Pedal 2016. We would encourage even more parents and pupils to become involved this year! 1
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The Big Pedal is returning for 2017 and we are once again participating. The dates to remember are Monday 20th - Friday 31st March !

The Bike It / ECO Committee members are

Primary 1 JH

Primary 2 AMcA Rosie Smith

Primary 3 KP Sarah Lennon

Primary 4 DK / JMcE Nathan Deery

Primary 5 MH Evy Crothers

Primary 7 DM Rachael Mc Keown

Primary 7 

Primary 4 DK Demi Rice

Primary 5 MH Reece O' Boyle

Primary 7 DM       Luca Keaveney

Primary 1 LR

Primary 2 PS

Primary 3 LU Clara Mc Avoy

Primary 4 EMcN / PMcG Toby Crothers

Aoife Hale

Primary 5 AC Caoimhin Turley

Primary 6 CM Ethan Mc Caughan

Primary 4 EmcN / PMcG Ava Williams

Primary 5 AC Aidan 

Primary 7 CM Natsha Mc Evoy

 

 

 

 

The Bike It/ ECO Committee have been busy already this year completing their Environmental Review and putting Targets in place for the year. A visit to the Castlewellan Recycling Centre was a great idea so that they could get first hand knowledge of where our rubbish goes and how it is disposed of. Rebecca Mc Greevy, Newry, Mourne and Down Council Education Officer, gave the group a guided tour of the site and talked to them about the different types of waste they get at the centre and how it is recycled. She was able to give advice on apsects of recycling that the children could bring back to school and use in a practical way. This made the trip very worthwhile indeed.

The Bike It/ ECO Committee have been busy already this year completing their Environmental Review and putting Targets in place for the year. A visit to the Castlewellan Recycling Centre was a great idea so that they could get first hand knowledge of where our rubbish goes and how it is disposed of. Rebecca Mc Greevy, Newry, Mourne and Down Council Education Officer, gave the group a guided tour of the site and talked to them about the different types of waste they get at the centre and how it is recycled. She was able to give advice on apsects of recycling that the children could bring back to school and use in a practical way. This made the trip very worthwhile indeed. 1
The Bike It/ ECO Committee have been busy already this year completing their Environmental Review and putting Targets in place for the year. A visit to the Castlewellan Recycling Centre was a great idea so that they could get first hand knowledge of where our rubbish goes and how it is disposed of. Rebecca Mc Greevy, Newry, Mourne and Down Council Education Officer, gave the group a guided tour of the site and talked to them about the different types of waste they get at the centre and how it is recycled. She was able to give advice on apsects of recycling that the children could bring back to school and use in a practical way. This made the trip very worthwhile indeed. 2
The Bike It/ ECO Committee have been busy already this year completing their Environmental Review and putting Targets in place for the year. A visit to the Castlewellan Recycling Centre was a great idea so that they could get first hand knowledge of where our rubbish goes and how it is disposed of. Rebecca Mc Greevy, Newry, Mourne and Down Council Education Officer, gave the group a guided tour of the site and talked to them about the different types of waste they get at the centre and how it is recycled. She was able to give advice on apsects of recycling that the children could bring back to school and use in a practical way. This made the trip very worthwhile indeed. 3
The Bike It/ ECO Committee have been busy already this year completing their Environmental Review and putting Targets in place for the year. A visit to the Castlewellan Recycling Centre was a great idea so that they could get first hand knowledge of where our rubbish goes and how it is disposed of. Rebecca Mc Greevy, Newry, Mourne and Down Council Education Officer, gave the group a guided tour of the site and talked to them about the different types of waste they get at the centre and how it is recycled. She was able to give advice on apsects of recycling that the children could bring back to school and use in a practical way. This made the trip very worthwhile indeed. 4
The Bike It/ ECO Committee have been busy already this year completing their Environmental Review and putting Targets in place for the year. A visit to the Castlewellan Recycling Centre was a great idea so that they could get first hand knowledge of where our rubbish goes and how it is disposed of. Rebecca Mc Greevy, Newry, Mourne and Down Council Education Officer, gave the group a guided tour of the site and talked to them about the different types of waste they get at the centre and how it is recycled. She was able to give advice on apsects of recycling that the children could bring back to school and use in a practical way. This made the trip very worthwhile indeed. 5
The Bike It/ ECO Committee have been busy already this year completing their Environmental Review and putting Targets in place for the year. A visit to the Castlewellan Recycling Centre was a great idea so that they could get first hand knowledge of where our rubbish goes and how it is disposed of. Rebecca Mc Greevy, Newry, Mourne and Down Council Education Officer, gave the group a guided tour of the site and talked to them about the different types of waste they get at the centre and how it is recycled. She was able to give advice on apsects of recycling that the children could bring back to school and use in a practical way. This made the trip very worthwhile indeed. 6
The Bike It/ ECO Committee have been busy already this year completing their Environmental Review and putting Targets in place for the year. A visit to the Castlewellan Recycling Centre was a great idea so that they could get first hand knowledge of where our rubbish goes and how it is disposed of. Rebecca Mc Greevy, Newry, Mourne and Down Council Education Officer, gave the group a guided tour of the site and talked to them about the different types of waste they get at the centre and how it is recycled. She was able to give advice on apsects of recycling that the children could bring back to school and use in a practical way. This made the trip very worthwhile indeed. 7

Walk to School Day will take place on Tuesday 7th June. It is an opportunity for parents, family and friends to take the healthy and active option and walk to school. It will be a chance to leave the car behind! The event was very well supported last year and we would hope it will be the same this year.

 

There will be 3 meeting points.

The Barbican on the Dundrum Road

Tesco’s on the Castlewellan Road

The Tennis Courts on the Shimna Road

 

Walkers are asked to gather at 8: 35 am with the intention of leaving simultaneously from the three venues at 8:45 am. The three groups will then join up as they make their way towards the school.

 

A Walk to School Day Breakfast will be available for young and old alike in the school canteen. This will cost £1. For this each person will receive a carton of juice, a freshly made pancake or slice of toast and a small tub of fruit. This can be purchased by child and adults alike.

Please note that there was great demand last year and there were long queues.

Those children that are not taking a breakfast should continue to class as normal.

Newcastle Community Police Officers Karen Thomas and Alan Mc Gregor visited our school on Thursday 22nd May to give a talk to the children on road safety for cyclists and bike maintenance.

The children were told how to stay safe when cycling by wearing bright clothes, wearing fluorescent clothing, very importantly a helmet  watching out for traffic and obeying the road signs.

They showed the children some basic maintenance they can do on their own bicycles either with or without help such as checking the amount of air in their tyres and and making sure their saddle is set at the right height.

Before leaving, the two officers marked children's bikes, scooters and flickers with their postcodes so that bikes can be returned to their rightful owner in the event of a bike, scooter or flicker being stolen or lost.

Please note, a number of children forgot their bikes or notes on Thursday. But  the UV pens are in school and any child can get their bike postcoded when they bring a suitable permission slip in from home, stating their house number, postcode and a signature from a parent / guardian indicating that they can get it done.

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St Mary's children and parents took just over 1,100 journeys by bike, scooter, flicker, made half journeys or walked during the Big Pedal. That equates to over 40% of the school population ! One parent in every 20 walked or cycled along with their son or daughter ! Fabulous figures ! St Mary's finished 331st out of over 1,200 schools that took part in the Big Pedal 2016 !

St Mary's children and parents took just over 1,100 journeys by bike, scooter, flicker, made half journeys or walked during the Big Pedal. That equates to over 40% of the school population ! One parent in every 20 walked or cycled along with their son or daughter ! Fabulous figures ! St Mary's finished 331st out of over 1,200 schools that took part in the Big Pedal 2016 ! 1
St Mary's children and parents took just over 1,100 journeys by bike, scooter, flicker, made half journeys or walked during the Big Pedal. That equates to over 40% of the school population ! One parent in every 20 walked or cycled along with their son or daughter ! Fabulous figures ! St Mary's finished 331st out of over 1,200 schools that took part in the Big Pedal 2016 ! 2
St Mary's children and parents took just over 1,100 journeys by bike, scooter, flicker, made half journeys or walked during the Big Pedal. That equates to over 40% of the school population ! One parent in every 20 walked or cycled along with their son or daughter ! Fabulous figures ! St Mary's finished 331st out of over 1,200 schools that took part in the Big Pedal 2016 ! 3
St Mary's children and parents took just over 1,100 journeys by bike, scooter, flicker, made half journeys or walked during the Big Pedal. That equates to over 40% of the school population ! One parent in every 20 walked or cycled along with their son or daughter ! Fabulous figures ! St Mary's finished 331st out of over 1,200 schools that took part in the Big Pedal 2016 ! 4
Enironmental Youth Speak 2016

The Primary 6 & 7 children took part in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Environmental Youth Speak Competition 2016.

Organised by the Council, our school held its own internal competition to find a winner to go forward to represent St Mary's in the Regional Final in the Arts Centre in Newry.

The standard of composition from the children was very high. Each presentation had its own slant on what it meant to " Being A Waste Warrior ."

Eve Sloan was selected our winner.

Please find below copies of the leading presentations.

The Big pedal 2016 seems to have been a great success for our school ! More children and parents than ever before embraced the idea of leaving the car behind and put their best foot forward by cycling, scooting, using a flicker or simply walking to St Mary's.

The benefits to the environment and to adults and children alike are countless. The memories of cycling or walking to school as a group or family and the memories of things that happened  or something said along the way are priceless.

Well done to everyone that took part and thank you for your support !

A Screenshot of the Home Page of our School website promoting the Big Pedal 2016

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The Big Pedal goes from strength to strength as more and more take a bike, scooter or flicker or walk to school, either as a complete journey or a half journey whereby a car was used to take passengers closer to the school but the final part of the journey was made by bicycle or walking.

The Big Pedal goes from strength to strength as more and more take a bike, scooter or flicker or walk to school,  either as a complete journey or a half journey whereby a car was used to take passengers closer to the school but the final part of the journey was made by bicycle or walking.  1
The Big Pedal goes from strength to strength as more and more take a bike, scooter or flicker or walk to school,  either as a complete journey or a half journey whereby a car was used to take passengers closer to the school but the final part of the journey was made by bicycle or walking.  2
The Big Pedal goes from strength to strength as more and more take a bike, scooter or flicker or walk to school,  either as a complete journey or a half journey whereby a car was used to take passengers closer to the school but the final part of the journey was made by bicycle or walking.  3
The Big Pedal goes from strength to strength as more and more take a bike, scooter or flicker or walk to school,  either as a complete journey or a half journey whereby a car was used to take passengers closer to the school but the final part of the journey was made by bicycle or walking.  4
The Big Pedal goes from strength to strength as more and more take a bike, scooter or flicker or walk to school,  either as a complete journey or a half journey whereby a car was used to take passengers closer to the school but the final part of the journey was made by bicycle or walking.  5
The Big Pedal goes from strength to strength as more and more take a bike, scooter or flicker or walk to school,  either as a complete journey or a half journey whereby a car was used to take passengers closer to the school but the final part of the journey was made by bicycle or walking.  6
The Big Pedal goes from strength to strength as more and more take a bike, scooter or flicker or walk to school,  either as a complete journey or a half journey whereby a car was used to take passengers closer to the school but the final part of the journey was made by bicycle or walking.  7
The Big Pedal goes from strength to strength as more and more take a bike, scooter or flicker or walk to school,  either as a complete journey or a half journey whereby a car was used to take passengers closer to the school but the final part of the journey was made by bicycle or walking.  8

Some of the many modes of wheeled transport used by our pupils to cycle or scoot to St Mary's on the first week of the Big Pedal

Some of the many modes of wheeled transport used by our pupils to cycle or scoot to St Mary's on the first week of the Big Pedal 1
Some of the many modes of wheeled transport used by our pupils to cycle or scoot to St Mary's on the first week of the Big Pedal 2
Some of the many modes of wheeled transport used by our pupils to cycle or scoot to St Mary's on the first week of the Big Pedal 3
Some of the many modes of wheeled transport used by our pupils to cycle or scoot to St Mary's on the first week of the Big Pedal 4

Pictured below are some of the children from the various classes taking part in the Big Pedal 2016. Some took the opportunity to decorate their bikes and scooters. Some showed great imagination ! Well done to everyone that made the effort to sellotape their favourite football team colours to their bikes, their favourite teddies or film characters to name but a few !

Pictured below are some of the children from the various classes taking part in the Big Pedal 2016. Some took the opportunity to decorate their bikes and scooters. Some showed great imagination ! Well done to everyone that made the effort to sellotape their favourite football team colours to their bikes, their favourite teddies or film characters to name but a few ! 1
Pictured below are some of the children from the various classes taking part in the Big Pedal 2016. Some took the opportunity to decorate their bikes and scooters. Some showed great imagination ! Well done to everyone that made the effort to sellotape their favourite football team colours to their bikes, their favourite teddies or film characters to name but a few ! 2
Pictured below are some of the children from the various classes taking part in the Big Pedal 2016. Some took the opportunity to decorate their bikes and scooters. Some showed great imagination ! Well done to everyone that made the effort to sellotape their favourite football team colours to their bikes, their favourite teddies or film characters to name but a few ! 3
Pictured below are some of the children from the various classes taking part in the Big Pedal 2016. Some took the opportunity to decorate their bikes and scooters. Some showed great imagination ! Well done to everyone that made the effort to sellotape their favourite football team colours to their bikes, their favourite teddies or film characters to name but a few ! 4
Pictured below are some of the children from the various classes taking part in the Big Pedal 2016. Some took the opportunity to decorate their bikes and scooters. Some showed great imagination ! Well done to everyone that made the effort to sellotape their favourite football team colours to their bikes, their favourite teddies or film characters to name but a few ! 5

Primary 3 Cyclists from Mr Prenter's class about to take the opportunity of riding their bikes and scooters in school.

Primary 3 Cyclists from Mr Prenter's class about to take the opportunity of riding their bikes and scooters in school. 1

Some of the Primary 3 children getting plenty of fresh, Spring air about themselves as they rode their bikes, scooters or flickers during school time.

Some of the Primary 3 children getting plenty of fresh, Spring air about themselves as they rode their bikes, scooters or flickers during school time. 1
Some of the Primary 3 children getting plenty of fresh, Spring air about themselves as they rode their bikes, scooters or flickers during school time. 2
Some of the Primary 3 children getting plenty of fresh, Spring air about themselves as they rode their bikes, scooters or flickers during school time. 3
Some of the Primary 3 children getting plenty of fresh, Spring air about themselves as they rode their bikes, scooters or flickers during school time. 4
Some of the Primary 3 children getting plenty of fresh, Spring air about themselves as they rode their bikes, scooters or flickers during school time. 5
Some of the Primary 3 children getting plenty of fresh, Spring air about themselves as they rode their bikes, scooters or flickers during school time. 6
Some of the Primary 3 children getting plenty of fresh, Spring air about themselves as they rode their bikes, scooters or flickers during school time. 7
Some of the Primary 3 children getting plenty of fresh, Spring air about themselves as they rode their bikes, scooters or flickers during school time. 8
Some of the Primary 3 children getting plenty of fresh, Spring air about themselves as they rode their bikes, scooters or flickers during school time. 9
Some of the Primary 3 children getting plenty of fresh, Spring air about themselves as they rode their bikes, scooters or flickers during school time. 10

Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option !

Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option ! 1
Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option ! 2
Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option ! 3
Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option ! 4
Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option ! 5
Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option ! 6
Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option ! 7
Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option ! 8
Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option ! 9
Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option ! 10
Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option ! 11
Pictured below are children and adults who took advantage of the lovely weather during the first week of the Big Pedal to cycle, scoot , use a flicker or simply walk to school. Well done to all those and the dozens more who took the healthy option ! 12

Pamela Grove White, Sustrans representative and Big Pedal Liason Officer, visited our school on Thursday 21st April, to make heart shaped fridge magnets. The children in Primaries 2 & 3 enjoyed the sessions very much !

Pamela Grove White, Sustrans representative and Big Pedal Liason Officer, visited our school on Thursday 21st April, to make heart shaped fridge magnets. The children in Primaries 2 & 3 enjoyed the sessions very much ! 1

As part of the Big Pedal challenge children were asked to dress up their bikes, scooters and flickers. Anyone that did just that was given a special treat by Mr Prenter. Pictured below are all the girls and boys that cycled, scooted, took their flicker, walked or made a half journey on Thursday. Well done to everyone that took part !

As part of the Big Pedal challenge children were asked to dress up their bikes, scooters and flickers. Anyone that did just that was given a special treat by Mr Prenter. Pictured below are all the girls and boys that cycled, scooted, took their flicker,  walked or made a half journey on Thursday. Well done to everyone that took part !  1
As part of the Big Pedal challenge children were asked to dress up their bikes, scooters and flickers. Anyone that did just that was given a special treat by Mr Prenter. Pictured below are all the girls and boys that cycled, scooted, took their flicker,  walked or made a half journey on Thursday. Well done to everyone that took part !  2
As part of the Big Pedal challenge children were asked to dress up their bikes, scooters and flickers. Anyone that did just that was given a special treat by Mr Prenter. Pictured below are all the girls and boys that cycled, scooted, took their flicker,  walked or made a half journey on Thursday. Well done to everyone that took part !  3
As part of the Big Pedal challenge children were asked to dress up their bikes, scooters and flickers. Anyone that did just that was given a special treat by Mr Prenter. Pictured below are all the girls and boys that cycled, scooted, took their flicker,  walked or made a half journey on Thursday. Well done to everyone that took part !  4

St Mary's Bike It / ECO committee publicise the Big Pedal which begins on Monday 18th April and finishes on Friday 29th April.

St Mary's Bike It / ECO committee publicise the Big Pedal which begins on Monday 18th April and finishes on Friday 29th April.  1

Big Pedal Takes Off !

St Mary’s Primary School Cycling Policy

St Mary’s Primary School recognises the many positive benefits of pupils cycling to and from school. We therefore look to encourage this form of travel behaviour in as many ways as possible.

 

Some of the benefits of cycling to school include:

  • Improving health through physical activity.
  • Establishing positive active travel behaviours.
  • Promoting independence and improving safety awareness.
  • Reducing congestion, noise and pollution in the community.
  • Reducing environmental impact of the journey to school.

 

To encourage as many pupils to cycle to school as we can, the School will:

 

  • Actively promote cycling as a positive way of travelling.
  • Celebrate the achievements of those who choose to cycle to school.
  • Provide cycle storage on the school site.
  • Provide high quality cycle training to all pupils who wish to participate.

 

To make cycling to and from school a positive experience for everybody concerned, we expect our pupils to:

 

  • Ride sensibly and safely and to follow the Highway Code.
  • Take responsibility for checking that their bicycle is roadworthy and regularly maintained.
  • Behave in a manner which shows them and the school in the best possible light and to consider the needs of others when cycling.
  • Consider wearing a cycle helmet.
  • Ensure they can be seen by other road users, by using bicycle lights and wearing high-visibility clothing, as appropriate.

 

For the well-being of our pupils, we expect parents and carers to:

 

  • Encourage their child to take up opportunities to develop their competence and confidence in cycling.
  • Provide their child with the appropriate safety equipment such as high-visibility clothing, bicycle lights and cycle helmet as appropriate.
  • Ensure that the cycles ridden to school are roadworthy and regularly maintained.

 

The decision as to whether a child is competent to cycle to and from school safely rests with the parents/carer and the school has no liability for any consequences of that decision. Parents are advised to take out appropriate insurance cover as the school’s insurance does not cover loss or damage to bicycles.

Who Wants to Be an ECO Millionaire ?

Bike It / ECO Plan  June 2016

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

1st

 

2nd

ECO Day

3rd

6th

 

7th

 

8th

9th

 

10th

 

13th

 

14th

Walk to School Day

Bike It Breakfast

15th

 

16th

 

17th

 

20th

 

21st

 

22nd

 

23rd

 

24th

 

27th

28th

29th

30th

 

 

 

 

 

Bike It / ECO Plan  May 2016

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

2nd

School closed

3rd

4th

 

5th

School closed

6th

Smoothie Maker

9th

 

10th

Pyjama Day

11th

12th

Cycle Thursday

13th

 

16th

 

17th

18th

 

19th

Cycle Thursday

Postcode Marking

Police Safety Talk

20th

 

23rd

School Closed

24th

School Closed

25th

School closed

26th

School Closed

27th

School Closed

30th

School Closed

31st

ECO activity

Lights Off Day

 

 

 

 

 

Bike It / ECO Plan  April 2016

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

4th

 

 

5th

 

 

6th

 

 

7th

 

 

8th

ECO Millionaire at Assembly

11th

 

 

12th

 

 

13th

 

 

14th

 

 

15th

Big Pedal power point  

 

18th

Big Pedal begins

 

19th

Big Pedal

 

20th

 

 

Big Pedal

 

21st

Big Pedal

Dress Your Bike Up Day

Heart magnet workshop

22nd

Big Pedal

 

25th

Big Pedal

 

26th

Big Pedal

 

27th

Big Pedal

 

28th

Big Pedal

Superhero Day

Favourite Colour Day

 

29th

Big Pedal finishes

 

Bike It / Active Travel Workshop

As part of our involvement with Sustrans, St Mary’s is holding a Training Day aimed at parents and friends who would be interested in promoting Active Travel for the children in our school.

 

It is a practical course and will last from 2pm – 4pm on Thursday 10th March. Weather permitting it will take place in the Key Stage 2 playground.

 

The first part of the programme will focus on Basic Bike Maintenance. It will enable you to carry out basic bicycle safety checks and show you how to look after your child’s / children’s bikes. The session includes how to fix a puncture.

 

The final part of the session will provide suggestions and ideas on how to help your son / daughter become more confident riders through simple exercises and games to improve balance, stability and skill.

 

Due to the practical nature of the workshop parents / should bring a roadworthy bicycle with them.

 

Please complete the form below and return to school as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with either Mr Prenter, our Bike It Champion or Pamela Grove - White, Sustrans active Travel Officer for Lisburn, Down and Newry either by email pamela.grove-white@sustrans.org.uk or phone 07884393537

 

The New Bike It / ECO Committee

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The New Bike It / ECO Committee members are

Primary 1 JH

Primary 2 AMcA Rosie Smith

Primary 3 KP Toby Crothers

Primary 4 DK / JMcE Nathan Deery

Primary 5 MH Evy Crothers

Primary 6 / 7 DM Rachael Mc Keown

Primary 7 MMcC Cliodhna Cope

Primary 1 LR

Primary 2 PS Sarah Lennon

Primary 3 LU Clara Mc Avoy

Primary 4 EMcN / PMcG Aoife Hale

Primary 5 AC Caoimhin Turley

Primary 6 CM Ethan Mc Caughan

 

Existing Members are 

Primary 4 DK Demi Rice

Primary 5 MH Reece O' Boyle

Primary 6 / 7 DM Louis Sheridan 

                            Luca Keaveney

primary 7 MMcC Eve Kelly Baxter

Primary 4 EmcN / PMcG Ava Williams

Primary 5 AC Aidan 

Primary 6 CM Natsha Mc Evoy

 

 

 

The children were asked to produce an election poster for election onto the new Bike It / ECO Committee for this school year.

Below are examples of posters hung in classroom and in the main activity areas. 

Bike It / ECO Committee election posters

Bike It / ECO Committee election posters 1
Bike It / ECO Committee election posters 2
Bike It / ECO Committee election posters 3
Bike It / ECO Committee election posters 4
Bike It / ECO Committee election posters 5
Bike It / ECO Committee election posters 6
Bike It / ECO Committee election posters 7
Bike It / ECO Committee election posters 8

A Quick Early Spring Clean

Bike It / ECO committee elections are to take place on Thursday 4th February, 2016. 

ECO / Bike It Meeting

Tuesday 26th January, 2016

Present

  • Aidan, Natasha, Ava, Reece, louis, Luca, Demi and Eve (Pupils)
  • Adults Mrs Barbour (Classroom Assistant)
  • Mr Ferris (Caretaker)
  • Mr Prenter (Teacher)

ECO Minutes

  • Election of new committee members. Keep existing members and add Primary 1’s and 2’s. Existing committee has 8 members. Add 1 boy or girl per class, 2 per year band. New committee will have 22 members. P1 & 2 members were recommended by the ECO assessor.

Election date is

Any pupil that wants to run for the committee have to speak in front of the class before a vote is taken. One vote per pupil. Pupils must deliver their own proposal.

Candidates can have 5 posters maximum, either A4 or A3 size.

  • Environmental Review for 2015/2016 to take place
  • Litter is still an issue and should continue as a target. A large amount of litter remains around all areas of the school.

There should be litter picks after break and lunch times by members of the committee using black bags and the litter pickers left by the council

  • A compost big could be set up as there is an existing bin in the school and small brown bins to gather food scraps on a daily basis.
  • ECO assessor suggested having a bin for recycling batteries. Batteries are discarded into bins, which are disposed of into landfill sites. These then leak cadmium into the earth which is highly poisonous
  • Flagpole to be erected on the grass area at the front of the school for maximum viewpoint for pupils, parents and visitors
  • Visit to IKEA suggested by ECO assessor has not taken place. Mr Prenter has not been able to organise visit but he will try again
  • Visit to Drumnaquoile Landfill Site and Castlewellan Refuse Centre for Primary 3 ‘s and ECO / Bike It Committee in November was postponed by the Council due to staff illness. Mr Prenter to contact Council again re rescheduling of visits
  • Pupils want to take part in Lights Off Day 2016. It would be better to do this in May / June when the days are brighter and it would be easier to see and work with lights switched off
  • Meter readings should be taken every week to monitor electricity usage / savings
  • All information to be given to pupils and staff at assemblies
  • Novelty bins to be bought and placed in yards to get rid of the rubbish
  • School to take part in the Big Spring Clean. The P7’s usually take part in these activities. The P6’s should be given the opportunity to take part in these
  • School to take part in a Beach Clean as part of the Big Spring Clean
  • Council to be rung re possible tree planting in and around Newcastle
  • Vegetable Garden to be cleaned and resown with new vegetables.

Question, who is responsible for the garden ?

  • Quiz to be done at an assembly – Who wants to be a Bike It Millionaire ?

There have already been ECO Millionaire quizzes

  • Recycling Competition to be launched. Further ideas to be discussed on this
  • Competition for each Key Stage ( Foundation Stage< Key Stages 1 & 2 )
  • Monitors to switch off computers not in use
  • Appoint light monitors to give out happy or sad faces at break and lunch times depending on whether lights have been switched off or not when the classroom is not being used and Is empty

 

 

Bike It Minutes

  • Register for the Big Pedal. Big Pedal to take place from 18th – 29th April. As usual bikes, scooters and flickers allowed. No rollerblades because it is too dangerous. Whole or part journeys are to be encouraged.
  • Children would like to try Colours Day again during the Big Pedal
  • Do the Cycle Thursdays again. We encourage every child to take the healthier option by walking, cycling or scooting to school. There should be a prize for the person(s) that make the most effort each Thursday during a one month period
  • Have an ECO Day. Activities to do on the day would be
  1. Plants bulbs or small plants
  2. Have a litter pick and clean up around the school
  3. Include a walk to school on this day
  4. Work in class should have an ECO Day theme
  5. Quiz for each class
  6. Poster competition
  • Cycling Proficiency for P7 pupils. Primary 6 pupils would be interested in doing the same
  • Pyjama Day where children pay £1 and come to school in their pyjamas. Whole school to walk in public to a focal point before returning to school
  • Invite the Police into school to give a road safety talk, put postcodes on bikes, etc. - same as before
  • April Fools’ Day – dress your bike up day (instead of Halloween)
  • Walk to School Day / Big Breakfast to take place in June (fruit, cereal, pancakes and juice for breakfast as usual)
  • Have learning outside when / if the weather is good
Smoothie Making Bike is wanted again in the school
St Mary's achieves Green Flag Success !
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The Primary 6's " do their bit " for the local environment by taking part in the Big Spring Clean, organised by Keep Britain Beautiful. They did a great job of filling four big, black bin liners with all sorts of rubbish that they found lying in our school grounds. 

Now that they have done their "spring Clean" we would ask that everybody tries to keep our school grounds looking well by putting their rubbish in the bin ! There are plenty of bins around the school so there is no excuse !

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ECO Noticeboard

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ECO Assembly on Friday 6th February

ECO Assembly on Friday 6th February 1
ECO Assembly on Friday 6th February 2
Green Flag Award

The ECO Committee is currently working towards the Green Flag Award. This involves forming a committee of pupils, a teacher / teachers and the school caretaker as well as an interested parent. A survey is then filled out which will highlight areas within the school and its grounds that needs addressing or fixing. The ECO Code suggests two MAJOR and one MINOR area of focus.

 

Our main focus is Waste & Recycling. Since there is already a Bike It committee that does good work and achieved a Bronze Award last year for all its efforts over a number of activities throughout the course of the year, a healthy lifestyle through the Sustrans Active Travel Initiative seemed to fit well. There is already the people, plan for the year and interest for the special events. 

 

The last or minor focus is Energy. Despite St Mary's being a new school building and highly energy efficient, there is a need to reduce the amount of electricity / energy that is wasted through lights being left on when not in use, etc.

 

At this stage plans are formulated and need only to be implemented over the course of the next few months.

 

Although registered with the Keep Northern Ireland Tidy Group, a formal submission of all paper and photographic records is to be submitted by the 30th march, 2015. There will then be a wait until a date to be announced in June when assessors from K N I T will visit the school, talk to the committee and pupils and see how well the action plans have been put in to practice. Have the plans and the pupils and staff made enough effort to reduce the amount of litter we produce ? Do we recycle enough ? Are we reducing our carbon foot print by walking and cycling more ? And are we saving energy by reducing the amount of electricity we are using ?

 

Energy Saving Action Plan

Topic

Action

Target / Measure

Timescale / Deadline

Responsibility

Actual result achieved / Date

Energy Saving

Monitor  electricity readings

Amount of electricity used each day per week over the course of 5 days

Period of a week in January, 2015

Mr Ferris,

caretaker

 

 

Light & Computer “ Switch Off ”

Meet to discuss ways of reducing the amount of electricity St Mary’s uses during a school week

Switch off lights   in the

  • Classroom
  • ICT suite
  • PE hall
  • Activity areas

Switch off white boards   at

  • Break time
  • Lunch time
  • Home time

Switch off computers   at

  • Home time in the activity areas

 

 

 

 

Computers used during the day. There is only a 15 – 20 minute period over lunch when the ICT suite is not being used. It is not worth turning computers off then

 

 

 

The “Wrap Around Club” uses the ICT suite after school so the computers need to stay on then too                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children to be informed about “ Switch Off “ at Key Stage Assemblies    

 

 

 

Amount of energy used each week to be displayed on the ECO notice board

 

Amount of energy used each week to be displayed on the school website

 

Switch Off signs to be made and positioned in the various rooms, corridors, etc.

 

Poster competition to promote “ Switch Off “

Prizes per class and overall winner

Posters to be displayed on / around the ECO board

Classes to appoint energy monitors to make sure lights are turned off

 

 

 

February, 2015

 

 

 

Mr Prenter

 

 

 

 

Mr Prenter

 

 

 

 

ECO committee

 

 

 

 

 

All classes to be involved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One monitor per class to oversee classroom and activity areas

( ECO committee member )

 

Mr Fusco / member of ECO committee/

Teachers to reinforce ideas

 

 

Food Waste

Waste food to be put into new “ Brown Bins “

 

P1’s & P2’s already leave scrap food such as bread / toast out for the birds in the yard or under the hedge for hedgehogs

Class monitor to oversee brown bin recycling

 

Photographs and updates to be put on ECO board

 

Photographs and updates to be put on school website

 

February, 2015

All classes to be involved

 

Monitor to empty brown bin daily in central “ Food Waste “ bin

 

Mr Ferris to empty this bin

 

 

Staff Room Recycling/ Waste Management

 

Grey Rubbish, Blue Recycling and Brown Food Waste Bins to be correctly and regularly used

 

Signs to be erected

 

Signs to be hung in staffroom

 

Efforts to be mentioned in staff meetings / written on Daily Info notes /

Written on board in staffroom

 

February, 2015

 

All teachers, classroom assistants and staffroom users

 

 

Design a Poster Competition

Prizes to be won in each class

Save electricity

  • During break  and lunchtime
  • After school
  • Turn lights to stand by
  • Switch lights off completely
  • Turn the Whiteboard off
  • Switch off lights in the assembly hall
  • Turn computers off in the activity areas
  • Turn computers off in the ICT suite

Have a catchy slogan

Draw a good picture

Use your imagination

Closing date Friday 13th February

2 girl and 2 boy winners per class

Special prize for overall winning poster

Winning posters to be displayed in school

Winning poster to be used to save electricity throughout the school

ECO Committee and Bike It Committee will work together in a joint ECO Initiative to achieve the Green Flag Award
Energy Saving Action Plan 2014 / 15

 

Electricity Meter Readings

 

Day

 

 

Meter Reading

 

Units Used

 

Monday 19th January, 2015

 

 

191 - 500

 

320

 

Tuesday 20th January, 2015

 

 

195 – 820

 

321

 

Wednesday 21st January, 2015

 

 

196 – 141

 

383

 

Thursday 22nd January, 2015

 

 

196 – 524

 

336

 

Friday  23rd January, 2015

 

 

196 - 860

 

502

 

Monday 26th January, 2015

 

 

197 - 362

 

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Design a Poster Competition

Prizes to be won in each class

Save electricity

  • During break  and lunchtime
  • After school
  • Turn lights to stand by
  • Switch lights off completely
  • Turn the Whiteboard off
  • Switch off lights in the assembly hall after PE
  • Turn computers off in the activity areas
  • Turn computers off in the ICT suite

Have a catchy slogan

Draw a good picture

Use your imagination

Closing date Friday 13th February

2 girl and 2 boy winners per class

Special prize for overall winning poster

Winning posters to be displayed in school

Winning poster to be used to save electricity throughout the school

Committee Meeting on Wednesday 4th February

Committee Meeting on Wednesday 4th February 1

The ECO Committee must be made up of pupils and teachers, as well as available adults with an interest, namely the caretaker and a parent representative

ECO Committee

Ava Williams p3mmck

Reece O’ Boyle p4cj

Demi Rice p4dk

Luca Keaveney p5kp

Eve Kelly Baxter p6mmcc

Louis Carolan Mc Clelland p7ch

Anthony Russell p7dm

Jennifer Barbour, Parent

Kieran Prenter, Teacher

Maeve Mc Kay, Teacher

Briege Shaw, Teacher

Tommy Ferris, Caretaker

Waste / Recycling Action Plan 2014 / 15

Topic

Action

Target / Measure

Timescale / Deadline

Responsibility

Actual result achieved / Date

Litter & waste

( Recycling )

 

Reforming of ECO Committee from previous school year PerformSimple Environmental Review                            Complete action Plan for the year and forward

Litter survey of the school grounds and school building, eg, classrooms, activity areas, corridors, cloakrooms, toilets and dinner hall

Take samples of litter, photographs and draw locations on a map of school grounds and buildings. Talk to pupils, teachers, classroom assistants, principal, secretary, caretaker and cleaners re litter and waste

October 2014

November 2014

7th November 2014

ECO committee

 

Whole School Clean

 

Litter pick of rubbish and waste in and around the school grounds and buildings

Tidy the school up and have somewhere to start from

December 2014

 

Whole school children and adults alike

 

Establish instructions and rules re rubbish and recycling

 

Set up ECO Noticeboard

Draw up rules about what and where particular rubbish should be put. Set up do’s & don’t for recycling and litter in the yard. Make sure there are enough bins and they are positioned to get maximum use.

Talk to teachers and cleaning staff about recycling

December 2014

Children in classes will discuss and come up with solutions with help from ECO committee members              ECO committee to meet principal, caretaker and cleaners                       

 

Council education / Eco warrior to visit school

Begin reducing Litter & Waste and begin Recycling

Council Officer to deliver an assembly on Reducing, Reusing & Recycling to the whole school, pupils and adults alike

Put Action Plan into action

Reduce the amount

 

Encourage the children and adults to put all litter in the bins, recycle as much as possible. Reward the best classes weekly at assembly for tidy rooms and correct recycling

January 2015

 

January – June 2015

Council Officer

 

ECO committee and teachers and their classes

 

ECO Committee Discuss Plans with Principal Mr Fusco

ECO Committee Discuss Plans with Principal Mr Fusco 1

ECO Committee's First Meeting to form an Action Plan

ECO Committee's First Meeting to form an Action Plan 1

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