Energetic teachers walked or cycled up to school to be greeted by the wonderful art displays by Year 8 and 9 students. At registration, secondary tutor groups completed an online quiz, while primary groups had a treasure hunt outside. These two activities were set up by Year 12 students, particularly Levente, Lilla, Nastasja and Guen. During first period a group of singers went from class to class spreading the message of Michael Jackson’s Earth Song and picking up extra singers as they went.
In the auditorium, Year 12 students presented sustainable business ideas, which ranged from biodegradable cutlery (Esther and Bharat) and plates (Panna, John and Jessica) to GM fertilizer (Dasha B.), domestic water recycling (Dylen and Levente) and the elected winner, the circular economy (Kai and William), where products are designed for disassembly after use. Year 9 students presented energy choices, including low-emissions nuclear (Chris, Yorgi, Pedram), renewable solar (which got the vote) (Flor, Marcell, Eperke) and geothermal from the earth’s interior (Tommy). Year 10 and 11 students debated issues connected to population, resources and the environment (won by Jon, Year 11, on deforestation).
Lunch was vegetarian for the purpose of raising awareness of dietary choices and tables were decorated with comments from students about their eating preferences. Finally, Mr Gibson hosted one of his famous quizzes for Year 8 students, which was won by Discovery House and helped by students in Year 10.
Many events doubled up as House competitions, the final winner of which was Endeavour House. But there were also many unseen contributions behind classroom doors as several lessons focused on earth issues. It was pointed out that Hungary won the International Tree Competition, language classes made videos and held discussions in foreign tongues and an English class had to find as many words as they could from the letters of EARTH DAY.
We are already looking for ideas for next year, so feedback is welcome, as are new ideas. Keep in touch! And meanwhile, let’s look after our planet – where else are we going to get chocolate from?