On Friday 24th March 2017, The Littlehampton Academy held their 4th Eco Summit event with The E.Y.E Project (Eco Young & Engaged) and the sun shone as around 100 pupils from 7 local Primary schools enjoyed a day of environmental learning, fun and activities.
The event was opened by Littlehampton Academy Principal Mr Thomas and Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham. Manager of Eco-Schools England, Lee Wray-Davies travelled from Manchester to attend the event giving a Key note speech on ‘Rubbish’, inspiring pupils to think about what how they can reuse their waste.
Sussex Wildlife Trust, Southern Water, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Farming & Countryside Education and Plumpton College, Wastebuster, Sussex Green Living, and Steve Savage all ran workshops on a range of environmental and sustainability themed topics.
Pupils learnt how to make homes for wildlife in their schools and gardens; how to save water; what clothes were made from in the past and how we can be more sustainable with clothing now; how to identify crops and how farmers have responded to mitigate against the effects of climate change; what to recycle and what happens to our waste; the carbon footprint of an Easter egg; and about a variety of natural and man-made items that get washed up on our beaches.
Pupils got hands on making a container pond and reptile hibernacula, they tried on clothing from the past, had a go at carding and spinning, and got to grind grain to make flour and bread rolls.
Clare Sutton, Project Officer of the E.Y.E Project said ‘It was great to see so many enthusiastic young people learning about different ways we can all help the environment. Pupils made some fantastic comments describing the event as ‘awesome’ and a Year 6 pupil said that he had been hoping to come to an event since he was in Year 1!’
A pupil from St Philips Catholic Primary School wrote on their feedback leaf ‘I learnt lots about how to be eco-friendly to our world and not damage earth.’
Ambassador pupils from The Littlehampton Academy helped at the event and also gave positive feedback 'I liked today because I got to learn how to look after our planet better and I got to work with younger children'.
Pupils from Georgian Gardens Community Primary School, St Mary’s C of E Primary School Clymping and River Beach Primary School each presented their schools Eco achievements to the group. Certificates were given to pupils who had entered the ‘Re-use’ competition and Tobias from Georgian Gardens who created a bird feeder from waste, won a family ticket donated by WWT Arundel.
We would like to thank The Littlehampton Academy, all attending schools, and all workshop leaders for making this possible, and give a big thank you for the Eco Schools England manager for coming all the way from Manchester by train to join our event.
We are now looking forward to our 10th Worthing & Adur Eco Summit in the Summer at Davison CE High School for Girls, and an our Autumn event at Chichester High School.