Eco week sends green message
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