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In the autumn of 2018, The Hall had its first Eco-Committee meeting, elected its first committee and opened discussions to decide on how to make The Hall a more eco-friendly place. The word Eco means not harming the environment. In addition to raising awareness of current environmental issues and creating financial savings for the school, as future custodians of Planet Earth, boys at The Hall think it is everyone’s responsibility to protect the planet – which means developing a whole host of skills to discuss, negotiate and persuade others to join in protective action.

Eco-Schools is a charitable organisation that encourages students to protect their school and the wider environment by planning and running eco-projects in school. For nearly 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 award.

Eco Committee

The Eco-Committee is supported by an adult Eco-Coordinator but led by pupils. It meets formally at least once every half term and informally a little more often to get stuck into the project work.  We have at least one pupil from each class on the committee. Its role is to:-

  • Ensure that the whole school is aware of the Eco-Schools programme
  • Take the lead in carrying out an Environmental Review
  • Ensure that everyone in the school community is represented in the decision-making process (as far as possible)
  • Provide a link between pupils, teachers, senior management team, governors and the whole school community
  • Share the Minutes of meetings on Firefly and an Eco display board
  • Take the lead in delivering the Eco-Schools Action Plan

The Committee completed a review of the school’s approaches to thinking globally, caring for our outside spaces, buying food from sustainable sources, using environmentally-friendly cleaning products, controlling the use of one-use resources, encouraging the use of reusable items, reducing paper usage, recycling and composting, ‘green’ travelling, developing wildlife/conservation areas, saving water, monitoring and reducing energy usage.

Many actions have been taken to reduce waste across all areas of the school to become more eco-friendly…. including turning off the unnecessary lights and computers in classrooms and offices, ending the use of polystyrene cups, plastic bottles and individually packaged tea bags, making sure taps are turned off fully, reducing the amount of unconsumed food left on plates at lunchtime, composting food waste, using paper made from recycled materials, introducing ‘meat-free Mondays’ in the canteen and placing pollution-absorbing plants around the school.

The images below give a flavour of the wide range of eco activity in which boys have recently participated; our deputy head boy at the Climate Change March, Cassius’s water bottle initiative, Green House boys litter collecting, Plants arriving for every classroom, bird box made in DT club, board games designed to encourage boys to recycle, mock UN Climate Change conference, new Eco- and Art ties being awarded (made from recycled plastic bottles and designed by students ), using recyclable materials to make sea creatures to raise awareness of what plastics are doing to our ocean, assemblies given by the school’s energy company and Dr Mayer Hillman


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