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Eco-Summit 2012 - update

Mon 20 Feb 2012

Plans are now well underway for this year’s Eco-Summit and with 26 schools now signed up to the E.Y.E. Project this year’s event could be the largest yet. Our 5th Annual E.Y.E. Project Eco-Summit is taking place on Tuesday 8th May and is again being hosted by Worthing High School. It is an INSET day for their own pupils, thus enabling us to be able to use many of their facilities. We would like to thank them for their generosity.The event is aimed at pupils Year 3 – Year 11.

Plan of the day

The day will run along a similar timetable as last year’s Eco-Summit with the registration opening at around 9a.m and the day finishing around 3.15pm. The timetable will be confirmed very shortly and will then be emailed out to you. The opening assembly will be an opportunity for each school to feedback on the ‘green’ work they have undertaken in the last year. We will ask for small PowerPoint presentations from each school in advance of the day which we can show at this point and which can be added to our website after the event. Workshops that have been booked so far: Again we are planning for each pupil to take part in 3 different workshops throughout the day. So far we have confirmed the following workshops: KoolSkools will be focusing on Fairtrade with a focus on sustainable cotton production in Mauritius. This will be done through games and discussions depending on age range.Steve Burnett, known as The Health Juggler, will lead workshops focusing on healthy lifestyles.Jules and Tim Simmons will be leading drama-based workshops focusing on water as a valuable resource and the problems that some countries face over water; such as competition for it and contamination of it.The Cooperative are leading workshops based around their Plan Bee programme looking at the importance of bees as pollinators. They plan to bring a bee specialist with them.Lewis Crathern our local Kite Surfing Champion will be returning to our Summit to promote the importance of wind as a source of renewable energy and to give the pupils a chance to fly one of his smaller kites.Time Machine Fun is coming along to lead workshops on ‘recycled science’.Southern Water will be leading workshops based around water conservation and their new metering programme.Sussex Wildlife Trust will be leading nature-based workshops within the school grounds.Steve Savage a local environmental educator will be running workshops with the support of ‘Ed the Bear’ and will be focusing on One World, One Ocean.We are still in the process of confirming several other workshops, along with a guest speaker. Free water butt and water bottles. Southern Water have very generously offered to provide one free water butt to every school that attends and a water bottle for each pupil and staff member that comes along on the day. Covering the costs of the day. To bring in the outside educators does generate expenses and last year we covered this by applying for funding from several local sources. However we would very much like to develop a self-sustaining model for running the Eco-Summit and therefore this year we are asking for a contribution of £5 per pupil. However we would not want this to prevent any school from taking part in this event, please do contact me if this is a restricting factor to your school taking part. Registering for this year’s Eco-Summit. At this stage all we need to know is would your school like to be part of our 5th Annual Eco-Summit. Please could you also give us an idea of your minimum and maximum numbers of pupils that you wish to attend? This will help us calculate the number of workshops needed and the size of each one.To register your school please email me by Friday 10th February at . Important Dates: Due to the timing of this year’s Eco-Summit we really need to have all plans in place by the time we break up for the Easter holidays. We are therefore working to quite a tight schedule and will really appreciate your cooperation in meeting the set deadlines. What we suggest that you to do in the next few weeks is to establish which of your pupils are able to take part in the day. This means that you will be ready to complete the workshop booking form that we plan to send out to you on Monday 27th February. This will be accompanied by a summary of workshops. The deadline for returning this completed form to us is Friday 16th March.The plan is that by the time we return from the Easter holidays we will be able to return to you a pack of information showing what your own pupils will be doing throughout the day. Other things to consider: Photography and media coverage We hope to record this years event for our website and other purposes, and may possibly involve a local secondary school or high school in this activity. There may be variety of media coverage of this event in addition to which all the schools and organisations attending may want to take photos/film of the day for their own usage. We will put a procedure in place in order that any child who cannot be included in media coverage/photographs can be identifiable; however we ask that each school must be responsible for their own children’s welfare. This information will be required when the booking form is completed. The E.Y.E. Project cannot be responsible for the future usage of photographs/film taken by schools and organisations at the event. First aid arrangements We ask that each school ensures that a first aid qualified member of staff attends the event with their party of pupils and that each school provides their own first aid kit too. We are all very excited about this year’s Eco-Summit and very much hope that your school is able to join us and make it the biggest one yet. Thank you for your support Polly and the E.Y.E. Project Committee.