Eco week sends green mes­sage

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

St Charles’ Pri­mary took part in a busy week of eco ac­tiv­i­ties.

The eco com­mit­tee at the New­ton school worked hard to pro­duce a lively and en­ter­tain­ing pro­gramme of events and there was eco-themed learn­ing in classes through­out the week.

Pupils in the up­per school had a visit from a canal­side ranger, who ex­plained how canals are im­por­tant for bio­di­ver­sity of plants and na­ture.

A vis­i­tor from Zoolab en­ter­tained P5-7 with ex­otic species of an­i­mals and in­sects.

Pupils from P1-3 had a visit from Amy from the SSPCA. who showed a film about an­i­mals which had been ne­glected.

P5 with Miss Gal­lagher in­vited the lo­cal com­mu­nity to help with a com­mu­nity clean-up.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil sup­ported them by sup­ply­ing bags, gloves and lit­ter­pick­ers.

In the play­ground the eco com­mit­tee mon­i­tored lit­ter found af­ter each break and pro­duced a graph to show the whole school that an im­prove­ment had been made over the course of the week.

The com­mit­tee ran their own shop sell­ing pen­cils and sharp­en­ers, while each class took in old pack­ag­ing from home and the chil­dren worked in teams to de­sign and cre­ate junk mod­els.

In lan­guage lessons all pupils wrote po­etry with the themes of na­ture, lit­ter, and an­i­mals.

The mod­els and po­ems were dis­played for par­ents at a heroes cof­fee morn­ing for the Kil­bryde Hos­pice, when there was en­ter­tain­ment by Miss Kellys’ choir.

By col­lect­ing clothes for a Rag­bag ap­peal the chil­dren saved 191kg of waste from go­ing to land­fill and these clothes can be reused or re­cy­cled. The school will also ben­e­fit from the money col­lected when the clothes are sorted.

Prin­ci­pal teacher Mrs Kelly said: “The week was a great suc­cess as chil­dren had the op­por­tu­nity to learn about eco ed­u­ca­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity and cit­i­zen­ship in a fun and en­gag­ing way.”

Hard at work

A joint project

Heroes Pupils dressed up as their favourite char­ac­ters

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