St Matthew's C of E

Primary School

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Eco Council

Well done to Eco Warrior Stella! 

Stella has been working on some activities to get her Rainbows badge for recycling.

She made up a superhero called Captain Cardboard who makes people recycle and reduce their waste, along with his other green superhero friends.

We think Captain Cardboard sounds wonderful Stella!

COMPETITION UPDATE - new deadline 1st February!!!


Any year group is free to enter the main competition, which is to design a poster that shows what can be recycled in our new bins.


This can be done by hand and scanned in or on a computer and emailed across.


Here is a picture of our new indoor recycling bins:



Watch the video below to hear some exciting news about our successful scavenger hunt AND our next competition!

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Competition information

(entry by Friday 15th January 2021)

The winning entries will be used around the school to show other pupils where and what to recycle smiley


INFANTS colouring competition

Colour in the picture of the recycling bin

Please write your name and year group on the BACK of your picture


JUNIORS competition

Design a poster that will go on the front of our new recycling bins to let people know what can be recycled (see list below)

Please write your name and year group on the BACK of your entry


What can be recycled?

  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Plastic (drinks bottles, food trays/tubs, empty juice pots)
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Tin foil

Here is a copy of the colouring competition for the Infants or you can collect one from the Eco Board

We have already received some entries for our Sponsored Scavenger Hunt. Thank you to everyone who has submitted their sponsorship money. This will be used to pay for recycling bins for each class and help us reduce waste in our school.

We have been working hard on our Environmental Review and Action Plan - watch this space to see what we will be focusing on for this school year.


For now, here are some Eco Facts that we would like to share with you...


  • Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to power your TV for three hours.
  • Recycling one glass bottle or jar saves enough energy to power your computer for 20 minutes.
  • For every tonne of recycled newspaper, we save 17 trees.
  • Around 11% of our household waste is plastic and 40% of this is plastic bottles.
  • Each UK household produces over 1 tonne of waste per year. This is the weight of a small car.
Year 5 and Year 6 have had a really productive Eco Council meeting today. Here they are completing our Environmental Review of the school.

Welcome to our Eco Council Page


We are thrilled to announce that this week we have elected our new Eco Council, who are all passionate about making our school as Eco-friendly as possible!


This year our Eco Council will be made up of children from our Y3/Y4 bubble and our Y5/Y6 bubble who will meet separately each week to discuss how we can make some positive changes in our school and encourage similar changes at home too.


We are also excited to be working alongside 'Eco Schools' to gain our 'Green Flag'


Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme on the planet.

For over 25 years Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the simple Seven-Step framework in order to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag.

Eco-Schools develops pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and creates financial savings for schools as well as a whole host of other benefits.


We are so excited to get started on our Eco journey, with our first meetings taking place next week.