ECO Champions day 2016
Mount Carmel hosted their annual inter-school ‘ECO Champions Day’ with over 50 pupils & staff attending from 5 local primary schools along with Mount Carmel’s own year 7 ECO Champions. The theme of the day was ‘Human impact on the environment’.Environmental workshops were held for the pupils in the morning; one hosted by Julie Livesey from Prospects Foundation where the pupils visited Mount Carmel’s ‘Garden of Reflection’ to discuss how humans can make environmentally friendly gardens using plants that are insect friendly and by including herbs, fruit bushes and edible flowers.
The pupils were then shown how to find important information on seed packets and sowed seeds in pots to take back to their own schools. Mount Carmel Science teacher and ECO co-ordinator Mr Crighton hosted another workshop highlighting the huge amount of waste that is sent to landfill and how we can make an impact to the environment through re-using and re-purposing items. The pupils then had chance to be creative and create models using wooden sticks.
The pupils then participated in a litter pick in the local community as part of the Keep Britain Tidy ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign, which aims to get neighbourhoods looking tidy in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday this year. The pupils collected an amazing 23 bags of rubbish in just over half an hour! Pauline Wood and Jayne Brignall from Hyndburn Homes co-ordinated the litter pick, loaned the picking equipment and arranged collection of all the rubbish. The pupils then all came together in the afternoon to discuss what Eco activities the schools currently undertake and pledging what initiatives they can introduce in the future.