Mean, Green Energy Saving Machine
As part of the Co-Opís Green Schools Revolution, pupils at Hazelwood School enjoyed a very involving and fascinating Green Week just before the end of last term. Mr Brownless, the schoolís Eco-Champion, arranged a series of special events and assemblies to immerse the children in all aspects of conservation and recycling. Every day of the week was given a theme and the children responded to a series of challenges and activities on each day.
The week started with Make-Do Monday with the children and staff arriving at school in either hand-me-down clothes or outfits bought from a charity shops. The children learned about how much money is spent on new clothes each year and how much is wasted and sent to land fill. There were some vintage items of clothing on show with prizes being awarded for the oldest, worst and best dressed. Overnight on Monday, photographs of pairs of eyes appeared all over the school by light switches. Turn-off-Tuesday encouraged the children to conserve energy by turning off lights. There was a treasure hunt activity with pupils finding and identifying whose eyes were guarding which switch. If lights had been left on, everyone was under strict instructions to turn them off.
At the end of the week, Rob Luck from Tandridge Council visited the school to lead an interactive presentation on Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle. At lunchtime too there was a charity cake sale organised by the schoolís Year 8 children in aid of WaterAid with some very appetising green-iced fairy cakes entering into the spirit of the week! It was an action-packed day and rounded off an altogether wonderful week.
Two further competitions were launched to keep everyone thinking, and acting, over the Easter holidays. Hereís hoping the boxes from all those Easter Eggs have been turned into something useful!