The Chichester Eco Summit was a great success! The 125 Eco Warriors taking part in the day were excited, engaged and enthused about the environment. There was a real buzz about the day with pupils interacting well with the fun activities.
Chichester High School hosted their first Eco Summit event giving a fun day of environmental learning for a number of their own pupils and Year 5 & 6 pupils from local Primary schools.
The event was opened by Executive Principal of Chichester High School, Ms Yasmin Maskatiya, and The Mayor of Chichester, Councillor Peter Evans who addressed pupils about the importance of looking after the environment. Ed Wade Martins of Moving Sounds talked to pupils about his low carbon adventures to Africa by bike and by sail and the issues of waste in oceans, inspiring pupils to make a difference to the environment.
Pupils attended a variety of fun and educational workshops throughout the day. There was a great buzz in the Junk Percussion workshop run by Ed Wade Martins where pupils engaged with the subject of the environment whilst making incredible eco music using unusual junk percussion instruments including barrels, bins and traffic cones!
Pupils learnt about Food Miles and the importance of locally produced food in a workshop run by The Southern Co-operative, with guests Montezumas who spoke to pupils about their environmental ethos as well as giving them the opportunity to taste a range of their chocolate during Chocolate week 2017!
Pupils discovered how to become dark skies mini-explorers and why the South Downs has been given the title of International Dark Skies Reserve in a workshop run by South Downs National Park Authority. They also learnt about producing food in a sustainable system using milk as the example in a workshop run by Goodwood Education Trust; about Sun and Wind Energy using a solar panel and wind turbine kits in a workshop run by Chichester High School, and about the habitats of Wetlands in a workshop by WWT Arundel.
Pupils heard how we send over 1 million tonnes of clothing to landfill each year in the UK and how we can all learn from the past about how to waste less clothing in a workshop run by Weald & Downland Living Museum, who were the hosts of the very first Chichester Eco Summit event last year. West Sussex County Council West Prevention team explained what happens to waste in West Sussex and the World and pupils were involved in activities to identify waste and recycling. Chichester High School ran a creative art workshop looking at the issue of plastic in the ocean, where pupils used old plastic to create fish bookmarks and signs for the pupils to take back to school encouraging them to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
As well as taking part in fun workshops, pupils also engaged with a number of interactive stands run by The South Downs Planetarium; Ashden Less CO2; Sussex Green Living; Chartwells; Chichester District Council; Chichester High School pupils; Chichester University and many of the workshop leaders. Pupils planted bulbs for pollinators in pots made out of newspaper; built Lego models that reflected sustainable living; raced against each other in the Sugar supermarket activity; and lit up table lamps with the power of their cycling!
The afternoon assembly was opened by Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Adur, the Founder and Patron of the E.Y.E Project, before pupils gave presentations about their great eco work in school. The day ended with a bang with a performance by a number of the Eco Warriors on amazing Junk Percussion instruments.
Pupils created an amazing feedback tree with their autumnal coloured feedback leaves before leaving the day excited to share what they had learnt with their schools, families and friends.
The feedback from schools has been really positive with some fantastic comments from pupils who clearly took on board the important environmental messages.
‘I have learnt about recycling difference products and I have enjoyed every moment, it was amazing. Thank you.’ – Izzy from EWCPS
‘I learnt that light and wind are the best energy as they will not run out’ – pupil from EWCPS
Mrs Kim Thornton, Head teacher of Boxgrove C of E School said: ‘The E.Y.E Project event at CHS today was just brilliant! The main speaker Ed was great, the workshops interesting/informative, good interactive stalls to look at also. And all from a visitor point of view, ran smoothly!! Thank you - my children left enthused & excited about all things ECO - message received & hopefully will be acted on more by them & their families.’
Thank you to all schools that took part - Boxgrove C of E Primary, Southway Primary Bognor Regis, Tangmere Primary Academy, Southbourne Junior School, East Wittering Community Primary, and Jessie Younghusband School, to all Workshop leaders and Stand Holders, and to Chichester High School for hosting the event, their team for all their hard work, and their Ambassador pupils for helping during the day.
The E.Y.E Project looks forward to working again with Chichester High School in the future, and is now starting to plan the Worthing & Adur Eco Summit event which will take place at Worthing High School next Summer.
You can enjoy a video of the pictures from the day here: Enjoy the pictures here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plLCgohiUAk&feature=youtu.be