World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June. To mark this important annual event, the St Peter’s Prep School teachers of both the boys and the girls came together to plan a massive ‘Impact Challenge’ that aims to improve the sustainability of our school. The idea for Impact Challenge inspired us to explore the theme of Ecosystem Restoration. Below highlights our goals of the Impact Challenge for 2022 and why it is so important for St Peter’s:
A CALL TO ACTION
Under the overarching theme of ‘Environmental conservation and awareness is essential to the sustainability of our society’, we have pledged to help make our school more sustainable and develop staff and pupil environmental awareness.
Pupils are looking closely at their environment. They will develop and use their knowledge, skills and understanding to make an impact that is long lasting and measurable at school and within the community. Boys and girls will develop their responsibility and sense of duty to the school and the environment.
FLEXIBLE LEARNING PROGRAMME
Learning takes place with the Flexible Learning Philosophy in mind. The timetable has been collapsed for the duration of the week. Learning has been framed around essential (unGoogleable) questions; pupils have choice; they will ask and answer their own questions; and learning is personalised. Pupil thinking is made visible with the use of Thinking Maps and tools. Pupils and teachers use a variety of assessment tools and mastery of content and skills is essential
The relevant and meaningful inquiries that teachers and pupils are undertaking in the Boys Prep are:
Grade 3: What would life be like without animals?
Grade 4: How do we feed a growing world population?
Grade 5: How can we solve load shedding in South Africa?
Grade 6: How are environments and living things interdependent?
Grade 7: What impacts do our diets have on sustainability?
In the Girls Prep the girls unpacked:
Grade 3: What changes can we make to help nature, people and the planet?
Grade 4: Ocean Pollution: It is not our problem, or is it?
Grade 5: How do bees support the environments of our world and how do we sustain their contribution?
Grade 6: What action needs to take place to bring about change in terms of the sustainability of indigenous plants to support wildlife on our campus?
Grade 7: What opportunities are there to make a change in our homes, school or in our community in energy consumption, water management, recycling and food waste?
What an insightful and thought provoking week for all staff and pupils who took part in this most amazing initiative! We are looking forward to seeing some of the solid plans and outcomes to take into the future!