Carntall Primary School Eco Committee 

Eco Rap 2016-17 
 

We have an Eco code which helps us to remember how to look after our school and be Eco-friendly. Some of P5-7 made a rap and have performed it to help everyone in our school know our eco focus. Join in with the words and video below! 
 
 
Go Carntall, keep it 'Green,' 
 
Keep our school grounds lovely and clean, 
 
We have a global place, 
 
And we're cutting our waste, 
 
Go Carntall, keep it 'Green.' Yo!! 
An election for the new Eco Committee was held on Thursday 8th October 2016  
The following children were elected to form this year's Eco Committee: 
Jack P7 
 
Thomas P6  
 
Lucy P4  
 
Anna P3 
 
Nia P1 
Emma P7 
 
Mariana P5  
 
Euan P4 
 
James P2 
 
 
The Eco Committee meet at least once a month on a Thursday afternoon at 2pm. They work very hard to carry out their monitor roles and to tell their classmates about what we are doing in our Eco School programme. 
Jodie P6  
 
Harry P5  
 
Georgia P3  
 
Molly P2 
 
Abraham P1 

Our Eco Areas of Focus 2016-17 

School Grounds 
Waste 
Biodiversity 
Mission Statement 
Carntall, 
Caring for Community 
 
(at school, at home, in the local area 
and in the wider world) 
 
 
CONNECTING COMMUNITY,  
A HEART FOR COMMUNITY 

 

BIODIVERSITY 

P1/2 LOVE TO SPEND TIME DOING GARDENING AND GETTING THEIR HANDS DIRTY DURING PLAY BASED LEARNING! 
In the autumn we pruned and cleared out all the old plants from our window boxes from the previous summer term. We saved a lot of nasturtium seeds to plant again. 

In November we painted and varnished some old pots and planted some bulbs for spring time. 

PLANTING TREES IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS 
P5-7 all helped to plant some new trees. 

P1/2 WORKING ON OUR WILD FLOWER GARDEN 
We have been digging, weeding and removing stones.  
We are planting some old bulbs and some new wildflower seeds. 

PLANTING WINDOW BOXES 
P3/4 will be planting window boxes to enhance the school grounds and to attract minibeasts. They will be planting old pots and tubs to be sold at our end of term fair to raise money for school funds. 
 
Display of window boxes and tubs planted by last year's P3/4 

PHOTOS TO FOLLOW 

P1/2 PLANTING AND CARING FOR VEGETABLES 

OUR NEW POLYTUNNEL 
We now have a polytunnel to help us grow more plants for our school grounds. 

P1/2 HAVE BEEN BUSY THIS WINTER AND SPRING LOOKING AFTER THE BIRDS 

The KS2 Eco Committee members went down to St Macartan's PS to take part in the Great British Bird Watch 

RED SQUIRRELS 
P5-7 are striving to promote a red squirrel population here in Carntall. On Wednesday 10th May Michael Stinson from the Ulster Wildlife Volunteers came to school to help us learn more about our native red squirrels and to set up some feeding stations in and around the school grounds. Michael was very impressed with our school setting and will be back at the end of May to help us install a hidden camera to track any red squirrel activity.  

WASTE 
RECYCLING FOR A REASON 
Here in Carntall we want to reach into our local community and beyond to help others. We have used many of our opportunities for recycling to make collections which will raise funds or benfit others. 

Early in the school year, along with the local Presbyterian community in the Fivemiletown area and the Causeway Coast Vineyard Church, Coleraine, we recycled old winter clothes, bedding, prams, bikes, shoes etc to send to Greece, where former Carntall pupil, Judith Atwell, was working in refugee camps. We are very grateful for all the donations you made and very proud of all our past pupils who donate their time and skills to help others. 
Judith is now working with the Barnardo's charity in Northern Ireland using her skills in the Arabic language to help in the work with Syrian refugees around the province.  

AFTER-SCHOOL ECO CLUB  
The Eco Club was held in Term 2. Its members helped to prepare bins and posters for recycling. They also helped to up-cycle an old chest of drawers into a planter for a summer flower display. 

NEWSPAPERS 
We are recycling old newspapers so that we can make briquettes which can be burned on fires. We hope to sell these in the autumn term of the 2017/18 school year to make some money for our eco projects.  
Please support us by sending in your old newspapers and by buying our briquettes next year.  

BOTTLE TOPS 

The Eco Committee counted all the bottle tops we collect everyday from our milk bottles. They sorted them into groups of 10 and then put them into bags of 100. So far we have counted 2265 but we're still collecting! 
The tops are collected and given to a contact in Fivemiletown. Through this 3 charities are supported each year. The charities this year are Water Aid, Chest Heart and Stroke and Friends of Cancer. 

COINS 

BATTERIES GLASSES STAMPS 

This space is for reading glasses. We can collect these and give them to Roy Nicholl Optician in CLogher to send on to people in need in Africa. 

SAVING PAPER, PHOTOCOPYING, INK CARTRIDGES 

P5-7 UP- CYCLING PROJECT 

CASH FOR CLOBBER 

We collected 60 bags of clobber weighing 400 kilograms. This raised a total of £160 for the King's Kids School for Refugees run by YWAM in Damour, Lebanon. 

ENERGY AND WATER 
P3/4 

SCHOOL GROUNDS 
Just take a look at all the improvements and additions we have made to our school grounds this year. 

WE ARE DEVELOPING AN OUTDOOR PLAY AREA FOR FOUNDATION STAGE PUPILS 

 
OUTDOOR PLAY BASED LEARNING 

FAIR TRADE FORTNIGHT 

 
 
The Eco Committe had the challenge of running the Fair Trade Fortnight activities. 

Some Eco Committee members went to a Fair Trade conference for schools in Cookstown during Fair Trade Fortnight. 

FAIR TRADE COFFEE MORNING 

BAKING FOR THE COFFEE MORNING USING FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS 

 
WE USED THE FAIR TRADE COFFEE MORNING TO INFORM PUPILS ABOUT THE WORK OF YOUTH WITH A MISSION.  
FORMER PUPILS OF CARNTALL PRIMARY SCHOOL ALEX ATWELL AND DANIEL CLEMENTS REPORTED ON THEIR RECENT TRIP TO LEBANON WHERE THEY WORKED FOR YWAM IN THE KING'S KIDS SCHOOL FOR REFUGEES IN DAMOUR. 
WE RAISED FUNDS FOR THE KING'S KIDS SCHOOL BY RUNNING A COMPETITION TO WIN A FAIR TRADE HAMPER KINDLY DONATED BY FIVEMILETOWN CO-OP. VISITORS TO OUR COFFEE MORNING ALSO MADE SOME VERY GENEROUS DONATIONS FOR THE SCHOOL. 

WE ALSO USED THE FAIR TRADE COFFEE MORNING TO INFORM PARENTS AND FRIENDS ABOUT FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS AND TO LAUNCH OUR CASH FOR CLOBBER LENT APPEAL. IT WAS AGREED BY THE ECO COMMITTEE THAT ALL PROCEEDS RAISED BY CASH FOR CLOBBER WOULD GO TO THE KIG'S KIDS SCHOOLIN DAMOUR, LEBANON. 

CASH FOR CLOBBER COLLECTION MAY 2017 

KING'S KIDS SCHOOL 
Total funds raised so far for the King's Kids School for Refugees in Damour, Lebanon  
£350 
Thank you to everyone who gave so generously. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oudette Ferran, P7, represented the school at the Mid Ulster Council's EcoSpeak competition this year.  

COMING SOON!!! 

ECO DAY OF ACTION  
FRIDAY 19TH MAY 2017 
 

THERE ARE LOTS OF JOBS TO DO AROUND THE SCHOOL. 
PLEASE COME AND HELP US IF YOU ARE FREE 

CARNTALL ECO DAY OF ACTION! 

THANK YOU  
TO EVERYONE  
WHO HELPED. 
WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT. 

NEWSPAPER BRIQUETTES 
We have been collecting newspapers all year. We weighed our bags of newspapers and so far we have collected 100kgs. We are ripping them up into small strips, soaking them in water and pressing them into containers to make newspaper briquettes to sell as firelighters in the 2017-18 school year. They need to dry out over the summer. 

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