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  Hywel Dda's Eco Council


Our ECO Council provides children with a chance to work with adults to make our school a better place. The head of the ECO Council is Miss Welchman, assisted by Mrs Roberts and Mr Harrington (Estates manager). The ECO council do our best to make the school a better place, working with adults and children.We also believe that we can work together to make our planet a better place.

With their help and ideas it definitely makes our job easier, so please talk to Miss Welchman or any of the ECO council members if you have any ideas.

Our ECO Council chose to be a part of the council during the Senedd elections in September 2017. We meet every half term to discuss our action plan, review our targets and to discuss some exciting ways that we can raise awareness of ECO issues in our school and community.

We are currently working hard towards our platinum green flag.


Please meet our ECO Council





Jamie D our Member of Parliament



Courtney our Member of Parliament

Our School ECO Code is:




We are really proud to announce that we are now a PLATINUM ECO school - June 2019



Go to the video resource centre to see our Eco Council movie.



Our ECO Action Plan 2019 to 2021

Please see our latest energy certificate for Hywel Dda Primary School


The Cabinet/Rights Brigade visited the Welsh Assembly today. We debated our playground charter. June 2019


Article 12 - we have the right to say what you think should happen and be listened to.


Some of the ECO council went to County Hall for the One Planet event. We looked at recycling, plastic pollution, saving energy and biodiversity

We celebrated World Environment day and World Ocean day by hi-lighting the problem of plastic in our oceans. We made sea creatures out of recycled plastic - June 2019

Thank you to everyone that sent in their Walkers crisps packets. We have sent off a huge box to the Guide Dogs for the blind. April 2019

Some of the wildflower seed bombs and seed packets waiting to go out to the community

Council meeting April 2019 - making bracelets out of used bottles, wild flower seed bomb making and seed packet designing.

Well done to the Wellbeing Council and to everyone that cycled, scooted and walked to school. The Big Pedal April 2019. We came 26th place in Wales. Da Iawn.

Waste Week 2019

Waste Week 2019 school assembly

ECO council meeting February 2019. Planning for Waste Week 2019

Year 2 class assembly on climate change and what will happen to our polar animals - March 2019

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019. Its all about cocoa and chocolate.

WE Schools Walk for Water October 2018

Katie from WE Schools- planning for Walk for Water. March 2018

ECO council visit to Viridor March 2018

Mission 'binpossible.' Waste Week 2018

Waste Week 2018

ECO Council meeting February 2018. The council are planning Waste Week 2018

ECO Council interview Mr Harrington about waste and recycling at Hywel Dda. February 2018

December 2017 - ECO Council meeting

The council met in December 2017. We played a game to find out what makes a good ECO warrier, made posters for our recycling bins and made bird feeders to practice for the RSPB schools bird watch in 2018.








ECO Council meeting October 2017



Our new ECO council met for the first time in October 2017. We discussed the environmental review and decided on our action plan for the coming year.

Harvest Festival October 2017 - Foodbank

We asked our families to donate one can to our Harvest Foodbank appeal. We were able to send 11 crates of food to the warehouse.




Size of Wales visit on Climate Change March 2017

We visited by Size of Wales. They told us about de-forestation in Africa is leading to a change in our climate. The people are planting palm trees to make palm oil, which is bad for our environment.






Fairtrade at Hywel Dda Primary November 2016


We have just been awarded our Fairtrade status for another three years!

Well done to the School/Eco Council for their hard work and thank you all for your support.





In October 2016, Aled from Fairdo's, the Fairtrade shop in Cardiff, came to talk to the whole school about what Fairtrade means to children all around the world. He told us that the Fairtrade premium is used to send some children to school.




Selling Fairtrade Hot Chocolate, Chocolate bars and scones with strawberry Fairtrade jam. The money will go towards our Harvest appeal.



October 2016 - We were visited by Dave from Wateraid. He told us about the villages in Africa that did not have a clean drinking water. He told us that sometimes, people have to walk miles and miles to get clean water.

The ECO council have decided to buy a water tap for our harvest appeal.



Water Aid for Harvest 2016


We were joined by Dave from Wateraid to talk to us about how some villages in Africa don't have any clean water to drink and how it affects them. The ECO council decided to raise money to by a tap for a village in Africa. Thanks to your generous support, we raised nearly £200. Da Iawn to the Eco Council for selling Fairtrade hot chocolate to help towards our appeal.


4th November 2016


Cheryl from Spice Time Credits worked with the School Council today to boost the activities in which the children can earn Time Credits in the school.

Firstly, we played some games to boost our team building skills. We looked at the qualities of a perfect volunteer and made a list of activities that we could earn in the school. The school council will now be feeding back to each class.






November 2016


The School Council have been going around all the classrooms this week, to explain all about Time Credit earning potential in our school. The council have asked each class for their own ideas.

November 2016  Switch Off Fortnight

The ECO council and Mr Harrington, took a reading of our school electricity meter. The council talked to the school today about the importance of switching off lights and computers when they are not in the room. The ECO council will be back to check!!!


November 2016

ECO council and Forest School tree planting


Mr Adams, year 5 and the ECO Council all met on a very wet and windy afternoon, to plant the first trees of our new Forest School area.

Unfortunately, our existing Forest School site is over-used and very muddy,

as it is used by the whole school. Mr Adams asked the Woodland Trust if we could have some new trees to make a new forest, so they sent us 100! These are 'native' trees including oak, hazel and silver birch. 

Mrs Voyce was our 'guest of honour' at the tree planting and she planted the very first tree. Over the next few months, we will be receiving more trees and hedgerow plants to make our new forest area.

It will be the ECO councils job to keep a good eye on them, as they grow!





November 2016 Wateraid.


Dave, from Wateraid, came into school to thank us for raising almost £200 for water aid.

He gave us a candle, that he made himself out of wood, as a very big thank you.


23rd November 2016  Warmer Wales

The Eco council met to discuss how we could help Mrs Voyce to reduce her electricity bill and to help save the planet. We talked about  ways that we could make our own electricity, especially solar from the sun.

The council have written to Mr Harrington, to see if the school can have solar panels on our roof.

We invited Grant from Warmer Wales to our school to talk about how we could help with our problem. He talked about what we could do in our classrooms from not putting things up on our windows so that we don't block our natural light to turning off lights and computers when we are not using them. He showed years 3, 4, 5 and 6 how easy it is to make a turbine go around with just using solar panels.




Jada, Joel and Cai visit City Hall - December 2016


Jada, Joel and Cai, members of our School Council, visited City Hall as part of a schools event to look at the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. They took part in an inter school debate.