Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Eco Council - 'The Green Team'

Eco Schools

Our school is part of Eco-Schools, a global initiative which provides a unique opportunity that empowers pupils to lead change within their school and have a positive impact in their wider community. This programme encourages pupils of all ages and abilities to work together to develop their knowledge and environmental awareness.

The Eco Council is made up of three representatives from each year group and the council is re-appointed each year. Those wishing to join the Green Team write a short application explaining why they would like to be a member of the Eco Council. A new Green Team is set up each half term with existing Green Teams working on specific projects alongside the new Team. 

The Green Team meets twice each half term. Children share responsibility with adults for running meetings and keeping a record of meetings. Meeting minutes are displayed on the Eco-Board in the foyer. Letters and notices are included in the links below. There is representation from parents, governors and senior management on the Eco Council.

Primary Eco-Committee Meeting Minutes 9 Nov 21

 Wish-cycling - presentation by the Green Team

Eco Councillors ensure that there is communication to and from the Eco Council and the rest of the school.

Work of the Green Team

In the summer of 2020, we renovated the school's flowerbeds and we now have new, raised beds for each class in our allotment area. This year we have grown vegetables such as potatoes, pumpkins, green beans and beetroots. We have also grown flowers such as sweet peas and geraniums in order to encourage bees and butterflies. There is a grass bank near the allotments an we have ensured that this grass is no longer cut in the summer so grasses and wildflowers have been allowed to grow. 

On Friday 20 September, 2020, we contributed in our own way to the Global Climate Strike. Each child in school made a flower consisting of three hearts. On the hearts we wrote messages about what we love about nature and how we want to protect our world. We planted them near the Reflective Garden at the front of school. At the end of the day, we cleared them away as we didn’t want them to blow away and cause litter. We have used them for displays in school.

We have also ensured that more of the school's waste is recycled, including using our compost bins for fruit waste and we discourage the laminating of resources in school wherever possible.