Thursday was our annual ‘Green Day’, a day of events organised by the Upper Sixth Green Team to raise awareness of environmental issues and share ideas for how our school community can live more sustainably. The main themes for the day were plastic pollution and food waste.
The day started with a bake sale to raise money for the Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE), a charity that aims to encourage young people’s understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability. This charity was chosen by the Green Team as some of our Sixth Form students are YPTE ambassadors. Our Green Reps baked a whole range of ‘green’ themed goods to sell, including an earth-shaped cake and ocean-theme cookies.
The House Trash Sculpture Competition ran throughout the day in the Hall with teams from each house building ‘Under the Sea’ themed sculptures to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans. Participation from house members was excellent and teams were working until the last minute to complete their designs made from plastic, bottle caps, newspaper and even recycled flippers! The finished sculptures included a wave of plastic about to engulf the Earth by Naidu House and an unwell whale filled with plastic waste created by Maathai House. Lots of thought also went into how the sculptures would represent the problems created by plastic pollution. Judging has taken place and the winner will be announced next week!
In the Green Day assembly, the Green Team shared their experience of their recent visit to City Harvest, a charity who put surplus food to use in a sustainable way by distributing it to organisations that feed the hungry. Students were then able to hear more about this issue and what the charity does during a lunchtime talk by Francesca Santucci from City Harvest. The students asked lots of excellent questions about what can be done to tackle this important social, economic and environmental issue.
At lunch we had a meat-free green-themed menu to raise awareness of the environmental impact of food production and waste, including dishes such as green vegetable curry and green spinach macaroni cheese.
We hope the school community are feeling inspired to reduce their food and plastic waste!