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Eco Group/ Clan Committee

Welcome to our Eco Group/Clan Committee page.

Eco Council

In May 2017 we received our 7th Green Flag Award which recognises our achievements towards a sustainable lifestyle. Thank you to the members of the eco-group for their commitment, to Mrs Bissett for her enthusiasm and skillful leadership and all pupils, staff and parents for their contribution to the development of global citizenship and sustainability in our school.This award has to be renewed every 2 years and the school has to show steady progress during that time. The topics for the two year period were litter, Food and the Environment and Sustaining our World.Eco Schools commented that the school had integrated the Eco Schools programme thoroughly into the curriculum and calendar via themed topic work. The school’s efforts to keep the school and neighbourhood litter free, encourage health and fitness, and develop the outside space as a marvellous resource for learning and recreation were all highly commended. Pupils are encouraged to grow produce and increase the biodiversity in the grounds.Events such as Apple Day,Earth Hour, Energy Week and Fairtrade Fortnight are all part of the school calendar. The school works with local businesses and partners such as Tesco, Seafood Scotland, the Sea Life Centre, GRAB Trust, MCS, WWF and our local MP and councillor. The report also congratulated the school for it’s continued support for campaigns like Send My Friend to School and other charities.

The group consists of 10-12 pupils from primaries 3-7. We meet every 2 weeks and discuss our projects and the pupils report back to all the classes and gather their views for the next meeting. Our topics for the 2 year period 2017-2019 are litter, Energy and School Grounds. Our targets are based on an annual review in which pupils are asked what we do well and how we can improve. We also react to local issues or charity appeals and campaign or fund raise for them.

Our Recent Projects Adopt a Beach-We joined the Marine Conservation Society with whom we have adopted a local beach (from the Cathedral to the War Memorial on the Esplanade). The senior classes take turns to survey the beach for litter and clean it four times a year. The first clean takes place in September/November. Our top piece of litter is glass and each year we lift over a thousand pieces of glass from the beach. Our most recent beach clean and survey was in September 2017. Primary 7/6 carried out the first beach clean of this session . We will be sending the survey results off to the MCS.

Ragbag Scheme-We joined the Ragbag Scheme 11years ago and collect unwanted textiles which are recycled with money from this going to school funds. We now have a textile bin in the school grounds and welcome any donations. The money raised goes into the school fund and is used to support the gardening club and to buy plants for outdoor areas. We also use it to support outdoor learning. Thank you for supporting this project and putting your old and unwanted textiles to good use.

Gardening Club We have a gardening club which meets from March to September and produces food which can be used in the school kitchen. In September 2017 we had a bumper crop of plums as well as potatoes,strawberries and other vegetables. The gardening club is always looking for donations of equipment, bags of compost or plants. Every year we use some of the produce in our kitchen for school meals. We are very grateful to Barbara MacFarlane for setting up and running the club every year.

Orchard Project-We were accepted onto this project run by Grounds for Learning in 2010. The two year project led to the creation of a school orchard at the front of the school. This is a lovely area to sit or work in and when it is dry enough the pupils enjoy using it. Every year we celebrate the food we grow through our Apple Day.

Send My Friend to School-We have been involved in this campaign for global education since 2009. We are very proud of this. Every year we send messages to our local MP asking for support in sending all children to school.

We were delighted to have our registration as a Fairtrade school renewed for 2016-2019.This is the sixth year we have had recognition for the work we do. Park Primary was the first primary school in Argyll and Bute to win this award and we are very proud of it. Alison Kennedy, our P7/6 teacher, coordinates the work we do. This includes continuing to use Fairtrade products where possible and including this aspect in the children’s learning. At any school event we always serve fairtrade tea and coffee and include fairtrade items in hampers. During Fairtrade fortnight 2017 the eco group planned and ran an assembly with a power point presentation and a quiz.

Adopt an Endangered Animal-This year the pupils voted to adopt a mountain gorilla. We have received our pack and will receive regular updates.The mountain gorilla was chosen from 5 endangered animals presented by the eco group at our eco day assembly. The children and staff all voted and also joined the fundraiser for WWF. We raised £220 which we shared between WWF and the Marine Conservation Society. Eco Code At Park School we aim to… PROTECT the environment by picking up litter and saving power ATTRACT animals by planting trees, flowers and providing food REUSE, recycle, reduce and respect the natural world KEEP trying to improve our school,town and world

We are responsible citizens Dog Fouling This issue was highlighted in November 2013 with some of our pupils getting upset when they got dog mess on their shoes. We had an article printed in the Oban Times. After that we noticed a decrease in the frequency and amount. This is an Oban problem and we are joining the local campaign to raise awareness of this problem. Please do not let your dog foul in the school grounds and always pick up if it does. Thank you.

Clan Committee

This session (2018-19), in order to encourage pupil voice, we have set up 3 Clan Committees run by Miss Verner. A representative from Primary 2 – 7 from each clan meets weekly with their Clan Leaders to discuss ways to improve our school. Our first project will be to design a display that will showcase the school’s Vision, Values and Aims in each classroom. This will be designed by the pupils and we are hoping to get them printed professionally.

Our members are: