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Well done to all of those Respect Berries out there who have helped us by working together to achieve the Green Flag Bronze Award. If you have any ideas or would like to contribute to our efforts to become a Green Flag School then talk to your class Eco representative or Mrs Swain. We'd love to hear from you so that we can all work together to make a difference to Berry Hill and beyond!


Eco-Committee Meeting Minutes

Date: 15th Nov 2018

Present: PB, KO-S, LD, JG, RT, GH, HD, HW, Mrs Swain, Mrs Brown




Welcome and Introductions


Minutes of last meeting and matters arising


Election of Chair and Clerk







Action Plan




Switch Off Fortnight









Christmas Fair






Date of Next Meeting








Waste Policy



Programme for final eco-clubs



Pupil and Staff interviews/ questionnaires


Any Other Business


Date and time of next meeting

Mrs Swain welcomed Mrs Brown and explained that we hopefully have a new link governor for eco this year, either Mrs Bowes or Mrs Hopley





Eco-club chose JG as chair, RT as vice-chair and LD as clerk


Mrs Brown took a photo of eco-club for the eco-board and a photo of eco-club switching off a light switch for switch off fortnight

Mrs Swain shared the proposed timetable of activities for eco-club which will help us address the points on our action plan

We went through the finalised action plan and talked about the fact that each eco-club member will be responsible for doing a presentation to their class to share the action plan. We will practise it together in eco-club first.


We discussed what we need to do (audit, fact finding mission, assembly) and practised the assembly. Assembly will be on 26th Nov.


Mrs Swain made sure everyone knew where the eco-board is and we discussed what we wanted to go on it. (energy monitoring, action plan, review, certificates and awards, children’s work, eco-code, picture of eco-club members, information about the 5 R’s, current eco news, project work) Eco-club members are responsible for making sure their class are aware of what is on the board and sharing any work done in classes that could go on the board.

Mrs Swain explained that eco-club have a stall at the Christmas fair and asked everyone to think of ideas for what we could do related to the 5 R’s.


We looked at a leaflet that JG brought about an RSPB activity for schools and decided to look into it further.


10th January 2019

Mrs Swain to forward minutes to Mrs Bowes and Mrs Hopley








Mrs Swain to put photo on eco board and make switch it off labels for light switches



Prepare and practise presentation









Eco-Club members to suggest work and information to go on board





Think of ideas!




Mrs Swain to look into this further









Empties Please!

Used printer cartridge recycling

As part of our work towards our Eco-Schools award we are committed to reducing waste and recycling more, both in school and in our homes. The Eco-Committee has been looking at ways to do this and have decided to work with a company called ‘Empties Please’. They collect and recycle used ink and toner cartridges and will donate any money raised back to us.

It’s very simple. All we have to do is collect used ink cartridges and toner cartridges and put them into the collection bin, in one of the bags provided, which is situated in the reception area in school. ‘Empties Please’ will collect the bin when it is full and then donate the money raised back to school with a certificate to display showing how much we have raised through our recycling. We may also qualify for their Green Rewards scheme if we collect enough. You can collect cartridges from absolutely anywhere – school, work, home, clubs, friends and family. The more we can collect the better and as it takes up to 1000 years for a printer cartridge to decompose it is an environmentally friendly way for you to dispose of your printer cartridges whilst helping us at the same time!

Toners accepted: original branded Brother, Cannon, Dell and Epson toner cartridges

Ink cartridges accepted: original branded Cannon, HP, Lexmark and Samsung ink cartridges

Please make sure you put all cartridges in one of the bags provided before placing in the collection bin.

Thank you for your help.




This year’s eco-committee have had a very busy year working towards the bronze Eco-Schools award. In February Richard Smith from the company School Energy Efficiency came and did an energy audit to help us understand our energy usage and how we can improve it. The report inspired the Eco-Committee to launch a ‘Switch it Off!’ campaign, which they did during Key Stage assemblies.

Committee members completed reviews of the 9 eco-schools areas (Litter, Waste, Energy, Water, Global Perspective, School Grounds, Biodiversity, Transport, Healthy living). We will be using the results of these reviews to inform our Action Plan.

The Committee members have also enjoyed visits to the Veolia Materials Recovery Facility to find out more about recycling and to talk to the East Midlands in Bloom judges at King George V Park.

A big thank you and well done to this year’s Eco Committee, we look forward to working with new committee members from September.