It was not a dramatic reading from the English Department!

It was not bed time in the Boarding House.

It was not even a most cunning attempt to forgo lessons and head into Easter Holidays a few hours early … it was Earth Hour!


In a planned and highly anticipated inaugural celebration promoting sustainable practices, the entire community at Vinehall School was disrupted on Friday morning. From 8:30-9:30am, we ‘switched off’ for an entire hour. Our lessons were facilitated without the support of computers and screens. Our classrooms embraced the natural light pouring in from the windows. Our pupils were motivated to think critically about ways in which they will reduce their carbon footprint.

Earth Hour began as a grassroots movement in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and is now a leading celebration which happens each year on the final Saturday of March, from 8:30-9:30pm. Classroom discussions have encouraged pupils to take this celebration home and motivate their families to dine in the dark, play a board game by candle light, go for an evening stroll and embrace a new Saturday night routine.

Leading up to the event, our pupils learnt about this global celebration that encourages everyone to take less and give back a lot more. As we embrace a culture of sustainability here at Vinehall School, our pupils demonstrated their ability in having an open mindset as they turned off and tuned in (to their appreciation for the natural world that is).

Please share with us the ways in which your family celebrated and demonstrated your appreciation for our natural world on Saturday 27th March, 8:30-9:30pm.

For more information on how to take part at home, please visit the official Earth Hour website.

Ally Linney, Head of Sustainability from September 2021

Earth Hour 2021 – Take part

Vinehall’s Sustainable Vision