Spotlight On: World Environment Week

This week we celebrated ‘World Environment Week’ which encourages people around the globe to consider environmental issues. So with that in mind, let’s explore how pupils learn how to live sustainably, care for their environment and appreciate the natural world. 


In the Pre-Prep, our pupils enjoy weekly Forest School lessons which instil a love of nature as they search for minibeasts and climb trees while Barton Farm provides the perfect opportunity for pupils to learn about sustainable and organic farming. For the youngest pupils, the farm offers a living resource which makes learning come alive, inspiring them to care about the environment from a young age. Older pupils gain understanding about how food is grown and produced by visiting our own organic farm and since no pesticides are used, pupils learn about the differences between traditional and organic farming. See more about Barton Farm here.


Once pupils move into the Prep and Senior Schools they are given the chance to get more involved in the upkeep of the farm, this could be anything from planting new crops in the raised beds, improving the soil with the school’s own compost, or harvesting ripe fruit and vegetables. This hands-on approach is just one way that we show our pupils how to care for the environment on a day to day basis.


Pupils also have the opportunity to learn about the importance of protecting the environment on educational visits. For example, Year 8 take part in a plantation walk and conduct their own biodiversity surveys, exploring the advantages and disadvantages of using palm oil.  In March this year, pupils in the Senior School took part in a litter pick along Desaru Beach as part of our Outreach programme, and who could forget the incredible encounter with wild elephants on the IA Silver Expedition trip. 


There are plenty of other ways that pupils can do their bit to care for the environment, from donating unwanted clothes in our annual Clothing Drive, to taking part in the  ‘No Waste’ campaign which aims to keep food wastage to a minimum at the College, to simple nature walks during Wellbeing lessons.


And while this week is a way to bring environmental issues to the forefront of our minds, it is the everyday learning opportunities throughout the year that can make a real impact in teaching our pupils to take care of our planet.

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