Earth Week ‘Invest in Our Planet’ by Mr Gerry
Earth Week ran from April 16th to Earth Day, April 22nd. This year, Earth Day took place on Saturday 22nd April. The Earth Day theme for 2023 was ‘Invest in Our Planet’. It highlighted the need for governments, businesses and individuals to develop and use green solutions to combat climate change. Students spent time learning about the environment and the problems we face.
“We have a duty to protect the environment, preserve natural resources, conserve biodiversity, and ensure the survival of the planet for our children.” – Yvo de Boer
Earth Week was a week for all of us to pause and reflect on the state of our planet. It was a week to recognize the problems we face and take action to protect and preserve our Earth. This year, students across the globe have come together to learn about the environment and pledge to make a difference.
Throughout Earth Week, students have completed a range of activities to spread awareness about environmental issues. They have created digital posters, made pledges on how to protect the Earth, produced artwork, debated and written essays, and even participated in early morning quizzes. All these activities aim to raise awareness and educate others on the importance of environmental protection.
During yard time, students participated in a variety of exciting activities. Early years went on an Earth Day scavenger hunt, while others unscrambled words associated with Earth Day and sorted recycling items into respective containers. These activities not only engage students, but also instill lifelong values of protecting the environment.
Sofia and Minha, both year 6 students, who helped run the yard time activities were very impressed with our student’s knowledge of how to protect the environment.
Sofia: “ I loved the curiosity, dedication, critical thinking, and communication from the children during the scavenger hunt, the students were really engaged in the activities”.
“We can stop using plastic to save the turtles!” -Bader from RAG.
Minha: “All of the children had many wonderful ways to help the earth, some students said they would use the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Some students wanted to help by having more beach clean-ups so no plastic goes into the ocean. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Earth.’’
Throughout Earth Week, students have shared their ideas on how to help our Earth. UKS2 and KS3 students have been brainstorming ideas to tackle global warming. They believe that even small steps towards green initiatives, such as conserving water, reducing energy consumption, planting more trees or supporting clean energy will go a long way.
One of the most inspiring aspects of Earth Week celebrations is the rallying of individuals who care deeply about the environment. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The Earth, our mother, is supporting us. Why shouldn’t we support her?”. Each and every one of us can make a change to protect our planet, and together, we can create a brighter future for the Earth and its inhabitants.
A huge congratulations to our year 6 students for their Earth Day assembly. The students prepared, designed and delivered an outstanding assembly for Earth Day. It was a fantastic production incorporating many of our 8Cs. Confidence was seen in abundance as the students performed a poem, song and spoke in front of a delighted audience. Creativity was displayed with the range of computing skills on show. The students created a Flipgrid movie to discuss class projects. They also created a WeMovie to display their Pixel Art. Google Slides were used when putting everything together. It was a collaborative student-led project completed by both year 6 classes.
Juhaina our Student Council Chairperson said “Year 6 were delighted to host an assembly about Earth Day and teach students about the importance of taking care of the Earth. We were also thrilled to design quizzes for all year groups and showcase the learning that we did in class, such as our pixel art and our 3D animations (Toontastic) during our recent computing block”.
In conclusion, Earth Week is not just a week, but a reminder for us to be mindful of our planet and take action towards its protection. As responsible global citizens, let us make our planet a better place to live in, and ensure that the Earth and the life it harbors, continue to thrive for generations to come.