Summer term 2023 ECO update from Mr Blair and Miss Jenkinson
World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 2023 were acknowledged with a video message from a group of our ECO club members. This was shown to pupils in all year groups during form time. Here is a link to the video https://vimeo.com/833588537
A new bigger pigeon loft has been received and erected by our site team. This provides much more scope for nesting, young chicks and access for the pupils. Racing will commence in second half term following the training of birds to home to the new loft.
The outdoor planting and tending programme has started now that the weather has improved.
The new pond will be dug soon.
A tree planting ceremony for the Coronation took place along with a tree for the new year 7 cohort this year (going forward a tree will be planted for every new year group). We now have a small fruit orchard of 7 trees.
We are finalising pupil led classroom energy audits so that a pilot can run in the second half term. This will officially start in September.
A charity rough sleep out is planned for second half term – approx 6-8 pupils.
A group of 6 pupils will be attending the 'Sustainability Learning Conference NW' at Ewood Park later in June.
Spring term 2023 ECO update from Mr Blair and Miss Jenkinson
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch - in conjunction with the group of pupils and staff doing the Science and Biology Challenge, we completed an audit of the birds on our patch of school ground for 1 hour after school recording the type and number of birds seen for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2023 and sending the details off to help with the national audit. The outdoor trail web cams were also set up.
Integrate Preston & Chorley Ltd a charity dealing in reclaimed wood and providing employment for adults with special educational needs donated a wonderful bird table. They also provided posts for some temporary bird feeders for the bird watch. We thank them very much for these items and look forward to working with them on projects in the future.
The pond project in the ECO garden will be starting after half term and an army of helpers with diggers and spades will be needed.
The 'Laudato Si Champions' programme continues during the Eco club on Wednesday lunchtimes led by Miss Jenkinson.
We are planning on holding a charity 'Rough Sleep Out to Live in Solidarity with the Poor' hopefully later in the half term towards the Easter break when it is warmer.
The ECO Champions Day for partner primary schools and the Mount Carmel ECO team will take place in March.
A new, bigger pigeon loft is being installed which will provide more space for the growing number of birds and will provide nesting boxes for the birds (they have already started laying eggs) and will provide an aviary for the birds to get some fresh air and for pupils to view them more easily. We are preparing for the pigeon racing season which starts in late March.
Mount Carmel are working towards receiving accreditation for being an ECO School.
Our 3 main aims are; WASTE/PLASTIC ~ TRANSPORT ~ ENERGY USE
We have already achieved a lot such as reducing energy expenditure, introducing more water fountains, having an eco-friendly dining room, working with our pupils to develop the school memorial garden & allotment area and organising ECO Champions Days with groups of pupils from our partner primary schools.
We have a team of Eco Champions comprising of pupils, teaching & support staff and parents who meet regularly to discuss action plans and organise activities and awareness opportunities for all pupils in the school and the wider community.
Read about some of their recent activities in the news feed below.