Our main target as an Eco-committee at BSB is to create awareness of environmental issues. School wide initiatives include the annual Eco Christmas Tree Decorating Contest whereby students decorate trees on campus with environmentally friendly decorations to illustrate the point of excessive waste over the holiday season and to identify ways to counter it. We also had a BSB Earth Hour in November where we turned off the lights and electronic equipment throughout the school for one hour to draw awareness to ways we can save energy. Many classes did an outdoor lesson to mark this event.
Meanwhile, environmental awareness is addressed in various ways from Key Stage to Key Stage. In the Secondary School some ways include: hosting environmental poetry competitions where students' Eco-poems are published in an international book; additionally, we also have an on-going competition where BSB Secondary students can sign up to the "Tree People" web site where we have created a BSB community (www.treepeople.co.nz). This website prompts students to take on environmental challenges like showering instead of bathing to save water, taking chargers out of the wall in order to save energy and it even offers advice on how to set up their own compost heaps. The site also challenges students to not watch TV for weeks and each time they complete a challenge their tree grows accordingly.
Additionally, in the Primary School environmental awareness is promoted through eco-points, where points are awarded to students for behaviors such as turning off lights, using reusable lunch containers, picking up trash and conserving the amount of materials that might be needed for a task Additionally, in Key Stage 2 each class received a pot, soil and flower seeds in order to grow and care for their own class plant. They also participated in a competition where each class made a sculpture out of reusable materials, demonstrating that one way to reuse materials is to turn it into art work.
BSB recently celebrated Green Day on March 17, where everyone dressed in green and teachers integrated an eco theme into their lessons throughout the day. The idea of everyone dressing up in green draws attention to the green movement, thus creating school-wide awareness. The proceeds of the donations to dress up in green and not wear uniform will fund awards for competitions, and hopefully enable us to start to venture from our AWARENESS phase to a TAKING ACTION phase where, amongst other things, we are trying to establish relationships with environmental organizations such as Mai Mult Verde.