Reuse Beats Single Use – Zero Waste Scotland Campaign
Our Eco Committee took part in the Zero Waste Scotland to encourage people to wear reusable masks, and if they must wear disposable ones, to bin safely. Here is Robbie’s poster! Are you helping save our environment by using a reusable mask?
Crisp Packet Blankets for the Homeless this Winter
Thank you to all who saved their crisp packets to add to our donation station. We collected LOADS of empty crisp packets over the last two-week period and have managed to send away a total of 150! This will mean that the pupils and families of Kirkhill Primary School will have ensured at least one homeless person will have a survival blanket made from crisp packets, to help keep them dry and a little warmer during this cold winter weather. A special well done to the Eco Committee for organising and for helping (along with a few extra volunteers) to sort out the crisp packets for posting. A real team effort. It really gave us a great feeling to know we have helped someone in need this winter.
Litter on Our Pitch (October 2020)
We have noticed a rise in litter in the school grounds, and since we have been asked to play in our ‘bubbles’ it means bins aren’t so easily accessible. Lexie raised the issue at our Eco Committee Meeting and we decided to take action straight away. Lexie and Lewis spoke to John our janitor about moving a bin which isn’t used so often and moving it to a space which is lacking a bin. We now have a bin in the corner of the pitch.
After the holidays, we will also begin litter picking more regularly. Each class will take responsibility for a week, and use litter pickers to do do the collecting.
We hope this reduces the amount of litter and the Eco Committee will continue to monitor.
Litter During Lockdown
During Lockdown, the pupils have been encouraged to keep up their Eco work at home. Some of the children have been learning more about recycling, using recycled goods to make new things and picking litter up on our walks.
Litter Louts – August 2019
Litter being dropped in the school grounds is becoming an issue again and has been noted by a group of Primary 3 children who have named themselves the ‘Litter Group’. These eco warriors have taken this role on all on their own. They gave a little talk at assembly about what they had seen and gave a plea for everyone to begin reducing their waste by taking snacks in a reusable tub, using beeswax wraps and making sure litter is placed properly in the bins so it doesn’t blow out. The ‘Litter Group’ are going to continue their important work and are looking out for people respecting their environment (UNCRC Article 29). A huge well done to these Primary 3 children, making change and using their pupil voice to do so (UNCRC Article 12)! By doing all of the above, they are perfect examples of Rights Respecting pupils.
Miss Morgan interviewed the Litter Group for the school newsletter. Here is what they have to say:
Why did you start up the Litter Group?
Erin – We found litter and then the five of us thought we can pick it up because it was very dirty. It had germs on it. We don’t want the birds to eat the rubbish. We got house points. Then the five of us went to wash our hands afterwards.
Logan – We put up posters around the school.
Freya – Bethan was the one who started us, she was the one who created the group. Some animals eat the rubbish and die from it so we want to protect them.
Emily J – We started because there is a lot of litter around the school.
Bethan – We just want to make sure no animals get hurt, make sure the rubbish goes in the bin. It is bad if lots of rubbish goes in the bin too though as it ends up in a place where the rubbish goes (landfill). So what we want is for people have a balance and not have too much rubbish so they can use less plastic and maybe take fruit or a tub.
What do you want to see in the school playground?
Bethan – I would like it to be just about half full in the bins and no dropping rubbish and no putting lots of rubbish in the bin. Try to take less rubbish to school.
Emily – It would be better if we didn’t fill the bins at all and use less rubbish. When rubbish goes in it blows up.
How can we make a change?
Erin – If we use litter pickers we can pick the litter up easier.
Emily – We can encourage people to pick up litter, don’t be lazy!
Bethan – People could take fruit, not use so much plastic by using a resuable tub or beeswax wrap. We want people to have less rubbish.
The Litter Group would like to let people know that we have hessian bags on sale at school. These can be reused rather than using plastic. The cost is:
Large – £8.00 each or £15.00 for two
Medium – £6.00 each or £10.00 for two
A large and a medium is £12.00
You can put money into school to buy them or pop in to the office to see Susan.
COME ON KIRKHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL, TOGETHER (CHILDREN, STAFF AND PARENTS) WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Kirkhill Community Litter Pick Success
Thank you and well done to all who participated in the litter pick on Monday 29th April as a part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign. The litter along some of our roads had been noticed by the Eco Committee and we had also had a letter from Gairloch Primary School urging us to collect plastics from the beaches and roadsides. Therefore, our community litter pick idea was born.
We had the most glorious day and enjoyed spending time with each other and our parents as we walked our local area, collecting litter. Everyone was in high spirits and enjoyed seeing the good that comes out of such a community event. Thank you to all parents who came and supported us. Here are some photos of the litter we collected.
Credit to Calum Macrae for photos.
Kirkhill Community Litter Pick – We Need YOU
All children have been issued a permission and parent volunteer slip for our Kirkhill Community Litter Pick as part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign. We will be going out on Monday 29th April from 1:30pm. We would love for family and the local community to be involved.
Give your Litter a Lift
We are writing to ask YOU for YOUR help. We have noticed that there is lots of rubbish on the roadsides which can spread out to the rivers and seas. It is ruining our plants and animals. We are asking that you put all of your rubbish in your pocket and take it home. Did you know that littering is an offence? It is actually against the law to deliberately litter and throw rubbish from your car, so please do not do that. We don’t like seeing the animals being hurt by plastic and other rubbish. Your litter can harm animals such as hedgehogs and birds. The ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’ campaign for February has been to #giveyourlitteralift. Can we keep our local Kirkhill community clean? Please help us! We are having a community litter pick on Monday, 29th April 2019, everyone welcome to come along and help.
By Bianca (P7), Lily-Grace (P3) and Logan (P1)
Litter in Our Community
Liam has been concerned for some time about the amount of litter in our local area, and as an active member of our Eco Committee has decided to take action.
We received a letter from Gairloch Primary School on Monday, who have been doing a lot to combat plastic in their surrounding areas. This has spurred Liam on even more to ensure everyone accepts responsibility. Take a look at his excellent and powerful message in the pages below.
We will be organising a community litter pick soon, keep eyes and ears peeled for news of this.
Primary 6 Litter Warriors
Primary 6 have been busy collecting crisp packets from snacks. They have sent them back to Walkers who have pledged they will recycle any packets sent back, which is part of a nationwide action plat to halt the use of single use packets. How fab! Well done P6!!!
Eco Committee Update
The Eco Committee have already been out and about collecting litter. We will be auditing the amount of litter dropped around our school and will then hope to present our findings to the school. Litter is a part of our Eco Action Plan every year. We hope that we can reduce the amount dropped. To help us, try to ensure your litter is actually in the bin and doesn’t drop out. You could also try to take a snack which has no ‘single use’ packaging. Together, we can keep our playground clean.
Kirkhill Primary’s Litter Policy
In August 2015 our new pencil litter bins were placed around the school grounds. They look great and are being well used. Thank you to last year’s Eco Committee and the Parent Council f
or purchasing, these bins for us.
The Eco-Committee take turns collecting litter from the school grounds. We aim to audit our litter and produce tallies and graphs to show possible trends.
We show and talk about litter dropped in the school ground at our whole school assemblies. This is done on a regular basis.