Meet our Global Leaders Teams!
Meet, the Mental Health Team, the fourth and final of our Prep School Global Leaders Teams.
"2020 - 2021 has been a really tough year and our pupils have very busy lives at school. Our team felt that a currently underused area in our school grounds could be used and appreciated by so many at a time when our wellbeing is more important than ever. To improve the health and wellbeing of our pupils, we are turning the Arboretum into a space where people can relax, have outdoor lessons and where nature can thrive and be appreciated.
These are the Sustainable Development Goals that we chose to focus on:
We carried out a whole school survey earlier this year through the Pupil Council to find out how the pupils felt their mental health was being supported at break time. Comments were made about having nowhere to sit, not being able to get away from the noise of the playground for some peace and quiet and no longer being able to do indoor activities due to Covid-19.
We have really enjoyed working together as a team, designing places for pupils to relax, presenting our proposals to Mr Toleman and filming a Prep School assembly. We are extremely excited now that we are reaching the stage where we will begin to see all our plans and hard work brought to life once the build begins.
We feel confident that we are creating a sustainable space, using recycled materials where possible, that will be a legacy for many years to come. We look forward to seeing the volume of bees and butterflies increase and wildlife benefiting from their new habitats. We are also positive about the impact it will have on pupils’ wellbeing both now and in the future.
We look forward to bringing you further news on how the space is developing after half term when we will be asking for the help of our Prep School pupils to kindly donate a plant from our 'wishlist' and the planting up of the area will begin."
Introducing Purely Green, the third of our Prep School Global Leaders Teams!
"We are Purely Green, a group of 7 passionate Upper Thirds, competing in the United Nations Global Leaders Competition. We are supporting action against climate change and movement towards affordable, clean energy.
We are aiming to provide our school with clean and sustainable energy. As a part of the competition, Purely Green will be building a hydroelectric pump to power a speedometer to keep us safe and save the school money on electricity bills. The speedometer will save the environment whilst being a subtle reminder to parents to drive at safe speeds in and around the Prep School car park. To assist our project, we have been granted funding to buy all the components that we require to build our hydro-electric pump. Our hydro-electric pump will process rainwater and water coming down the drain and, using a generator, will turn the water into energy. As England is not a stranger to rain, we believe that this idea is feasible at almost all times, even in summer!
Our second idea is an app capable of calculating the amount the CO2 emissions. You can also use the app for daily ideas on how to help the environment, these daily challenges will reward you with points, points will grow your electronic garden and turn it into a wonderful sight. However, a failure to complete challenges will cause your garden/land to suffer from desertification. This is a great way to motivate people to help our planet daily and learn about what they can do to help. We look forward to presenting our fully built hydroelectric pump to you in June."
Meet the second of our Prep School Global Leaders Teams, Ocean Authority!
"We are the Ocean Authority Team and the aim of our project is to educate people about the impact that plastic pollution is having on our seas and oceans and to encourage our school community to buy sustainable products. We believe the less we use plastic wrapped products, the less demand for these products there will be.
Plastic takes over 400 years to decompose so we want to make sure that where possible, unnecessary use of plastic is avoided. This will result in less species being wiped out and less land pollution too.
To raise awareness of plastic pollution, we have worked hard as a team to produce a large piece of art work of the school's crest. We collected and used over 1000 bottle lids and numerous plastic tubs from our Prep School pupils and set about painting and then gluing with the help of the very talented Mr Plunkett to bring our piece to life. It is now proudly hung in the heart of the Prep School as a reminder to us all that everybody has a part to play in the future of our oceans.
We have selected a range of products to sell that eliminate the use of plastic. The Global Leaders shop will be open online once every school term, with all profits raised going towards the WWF for the adoption of sea turtles and orangutans. The Global Leaders Shop (co-owned by ourselves and the EcoOrangutans Team) will be launched for its first orders on Monday 24th May 2021."
In an effort to raise awareness about climate change and the importance of protecting the world, Prep School pupils have taken on the Global Leaders Project with the first team being the Eco Orangutans. Aiming to encourage the school community to buy sustainably sourced palm oil products, or products which are completely palm oil free, the team will be hoping to make an impact through the set-up of their own shop.
Here’s what the team had to say:
“Why should we reduce consumption of palm oil? In order to grow palm oil, rainforests need to be cut down. This is called deforestation. While the forests are being torn down, orangutans and other animal species are being killed in the process as well as their habitats being destroyed. Every year, up to 5,000 orangutans die at the hands of deforestation. We believe that we can make an impact through our shop. On a termly basis, our shop will be selling chocolates, soap, shampoo, conditioner bars and coffee. These products will be eco-friendly wrapped and palm oil free or use sustainably sourced palm oil.”
Well done to the pupils for being so forward-thinking and devising this superb idea. Keep an eye out for the official shop launch in May!