‘Green Day’ at Rokeby

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Boys in Year 8 at Rokeby School initiated a School Green Day. They firstly brainstormed ideas in which to save energy whilst taking care of the environment. Then on Thursday 21st June, the older boys put their ideas into action.

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All the boys, wearing green for the day, opted for a more eco-friendly method of transport to get to school.  Some boys rode a bike, some came on public transport, some car shared or some just simply walked!  Many of the parents worked together and arranged groups of boys to ride together on their bikes.

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The morning started with an assembly taken by the School Council and included a song about the environment. Then the day continued without the lights on, no computers or interactive whiteboards were used in lessons and some subjects were even taught outside.  All the lesson had a ‘green theme’ and other environmentally friendly activities included planting a tree at the front of the school and building a sculpture made from old plastic bottles, cartons, cans and empty containers from home.

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Lunchtime was carefully planned. The boys had worked with the caterers, who had contacted local farmers to source local bread, fruit and vegetables. Also over lunch no ovens were used to save energy and just cold salads and rolls were served.

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Anni Green and James Attenborough, Eco teachers, said “We congratulate these boys on such inspirational ideas to make our school a Greener Place. We also encouraged the boys to continue supporting the environment at home by switching off lights, having an evening without television and saving water.”

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In the long run Rokeby hopes to reduce it’s carbon footprint and make the boys more aware of what a difference they can make.

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