Introducing the RGSW Environmental Committee
As the new academic year got underway in September, so did the opportunity for another new start. Fifteen enthusiastic Year Nine students, along with Mrs Hyndman, the Environmental Officer, formed the Environmental Committee.
We kicked off our first campaign by using assemblies and display boards to raise awareness of the consequences of single-use plastic. This issue has made an impact on the whole committee as we learn more and more about this worldwide problem. Of particular focus was the difference in owning a reusable water bottle can make. With the average person in the UK using around 150 plastic bottles a year, the impact of an individual can matter greatly to the environment. Excitingly, the committee has recently obtained a number of 750ml, RGSW branded, green aluminium bottles for sale to pupils, staff and parents in School.
A highlight of the Michaelmas term was the opportunity for the committee to interview Mr Roberts, Director of Finance and Operations, and Mrs Ronan-Hill, Facilities and Compliance Manager, about what RGS currently does to minimise its impact on the environment. We were interested to hear more about schemes such as the new dishwasher system, which has removed the need for disposable plastic cups at lunchtime, the solar panels on the Design Centre and Performing Arts Centre, and the planting of trees, particularly at Flagge Meadow, to name but a few.
As we look ahead, a key aim is to grow our @RGSWEnvironment Instagram following, so that our learning as a committee can be spread as widely as possible, across the RGS community and possibly even further. Most recently, we are very grateful to have received a grant from the Parents’ and Teachers’ Association for the purchase of litter picking kit, so that we may participate in Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great Big School Clean’, which runs nationwide from 22 March to 23 April, by holding regular School litter picking events among pupils. Care for the environment starts at home! Thank you very much to the PTA for their generosity, and to Mr MacDonald for all his help facilitating our application.
We are keen to see how the Environmental Committee’s work develops and hope to have further reports about our exciting upcoming projects.