It is wonderful to inspire children and their families to do something about climate change and we certainly raised a lot of interest and shared information at the time. However, there is a danger after any promotional campaign that the focus, the reason for all this investment and activity, gets forgotten and people forget as individuals that they can make a difference. If every individual in Vietnam made a different choice for the future then some 94,379,186 million people, according to United Nations estimates, would make a significant change. Imagine that! That number could indeed effect a global change. There is an old saying, ‘Mighty oaks from little acorns grow’ which translates to, ‘Great things come from small beginnings’. Project Penguin was just the beginning; it is education that holds the key to making long-term changes, differences that with the right leadership can change the world. Your children will be great leaders, they could change the world.
In Year 5 they have become inspired by not only the Penguin Project but their IPC learning topic, Climate Control, which they have just finished studying. Last Friday, they presented a great assembly on climate change and gave us facts on carbon dioxide benefits and harmful effects. They created posters to illustrate their thoughts and pass their message to more people. You can view this here. This is just one topic in our curriculum where climate change will be studied. Getting these crucial messages embedded in our curriculum is extremely important and will build a continual change, knowledge, a belief, that is never forgotten and always revisited that we can make a difference: we just have to be more and more ambitious.
Please do keep supporting your children when they discuss local and global topics. Knowledge sharing is extremely important. If they are inspired, nurture their inspiration. Who knows what your children will become in the future? Have a wonderful weekend with your families.
Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary