Sunday, 31 October 2010

Pupils' Voice: Eco-School in Fulbourn!

click to go to Eco-Schools homepageAt Fulbourn Primary School we believe that pupils have great ideas about how we can improve the school and make a positive contribution to the community in which they live. With this in mind, over the past year, we have been developing a number of ‘Pupil Voice’ groups, where pupil volunteers work with an adult, be it staff member, parent, community member or governor, to have their say and develop an aspect of the school. So far, this has included:

  • The Bike It Crew, who are aiming to increase the number of children travelling to school by bike or on foot.
  • School Council, who had a focus on developing healthy eating, culminating in making a book about cooking and sending it to Jamie Oliver.
  • The Children’s Prospectus Group, who wrote an information booklet for new children starting at the school.
  • The Eco-Schools Group, who have been learning about sustainability and bio-diversity.


All of these groups have been successful in their initial projects, none more so than our Eco-Schools group. Our band of ‘Eco-Warriors’, led by their ‘Warrior Chief’ (our school site manager, Cheryl Caldecoat) and supported by various parents, including Mike Downs, have already undertaken a number of projects including organising the building of a Beetle Bank, making and hanging bird feeders and organising recycling collections of bottle tops and batteries. They have already gained their bronze and silver level awards for Eco-Schools and are now working towards achieving the highest level, the Green Flag. To do so, they need to communicate to the wider community what they are doing and "spread the message". To this end, they have written the following, which they have asked me to put in this month’s Mill.

Fulbourn Primary School logo"Fulbourn Primary School is organising a new Eco-School group. In the new group there is Ansh Tandon, Jessica Allen, Morgan Day, Angel Isla, DJ Hayns, Mae Grimshaw, Beth Irving, Lisa Mastroddi, Aeryn Childerley, Nelle Crowgey, Megan Lockwood, Eve Middleton, Isabella Covill, Harry Cook and Imogen Downs. We are going for the Green Flag Award, which is the highest award. We would like you to save electricity because it is energy saving week in a few weeks time. We are going round the school and telling the teachers off if they leave the electricity on!!!"


We think the Eco-Schools group is doing an incredibly important job. In the words of one of our young Eco-Warriors,
"It’s good being in Eco-Schools, because we can help to develop the school grounds and make them really eco-friendly. It’s good for me because I can learn about being eco-friendly and I can teach other people about looking after the environment."
If you would like to be involved in any way with this group, please contact Cheryl Caldecoat via the school office.
Fiona Thorpe
Head Teacher
Fulbourn Primary School

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