Pupils at St Columb Minor School (known as the Blue School) swapped their usual timetable on Tuesday (7th September) for a day learning about sustainable energy and global citizenship as part of the school’s annual ‘One World Week’.
During the Green Day students took part in a variety of workshops including a wind turbine building session delivered by the education team of Cornwall’s leading sustainable energy charity Community Energy Plus.
Gill Harper, the school’s business manager, said: “Our Green Day was a fantastic opportunity to reinforce our commitment to the environment and help our pupils to understand environmental issues and take action in their own lives. We have a wind turbine and solar panels at the school so it was great for the children to find out about how the technology works during the workshops.”
The inspirational work of the school to tackle sustainability issues and incorporate the activity within the classroom setting was acknowledged earlier this year when the school was awarded a prestigious Ashden Award. Learning first-hand how the school has put the environment at the core of its activities, a European study group visited the school on Tuesday to look at how to use the environment to inspire learning.
The school is proud of its commitment to the environment and holds the International Green Flag Eco School status – the highest accreditation possible through the Eco-Schools environmental education programme, which is run internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and is administered in England by Keep Britain Tidy.
Community Energy Plus has recently been announced as an Eco-Schools delivery partner for Cornwall and will be helping schools across the county to engage in the programme as fully as possible. The charity has also received the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.
Community Energy Plus’ Senior Project Officer Clare Langdon commented “St Columb Minor School has done a magnificent job of reducing their carbon emissions but are also great at sharing best practice with other schools. Our hands-on wind and hydro power workshops provide a great way of involving students in renewable energy generation so they understand the important role that it plays towards achieving a more sustainable future.”