Last week the children were all encouraged to come into school in earth colours (green for land or blue for the oceans) to help celebrate our Autumn Eco Day. The non-uniform day was the idea of the School Council who are raising money to buy every child in school their own reusable plastic bottle so that we no longer buy the throw away one day bottles. The children are very keen to take on the message given in the encyclical Laudato Si by Pope Francis, who is encouraging us all to commit to looking after our common home, the earth. The children all understand that they are stewards of the earth and must look after and care for all of God’s wonderful creation including plants and animals. To help explain some of the problems are natural world faces, we invited the NMA (National Marine Aquarium) to come into school to lead an assembly and then a series of hands’on workshops with all of our classes. The NMA aim to inspire children to become connected to the Oceans as well as raising pupil aspirations for a career in STEM. The classes were involved in a number of interactive activities including using VR (virtual reality) headsets to really experience life in the oceans. More  ‘eco-events’ are planned throughout the year which will be organised by the school’s newly founded ‘Eco Group’.

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