‘You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.’

Jane Goodall


One Planet. One Pledge.

It was only a month ago that we dedicated an hour of our morning to our planet Earth. What a success it was! Our lights went out. Our computers were switched off. Our minds were sparked.

The Vinehall School community should feel very proud of their accomplishment in celebrating Earth Hour. On Friday 19th March, between 8.30 and 9.30am, we consumed 197 kWh of electricity. During the same time on Friday 26th March, we consumed 64 kWh of electricity. We saved about 2/3 of our energy output! Thank you for being advocates for our planet.

This week we warmly welcomed yet another day that honours sustainability and the call to rise up for our natural world. Earth Day is an annual global event that takes place on 22nd April.  It was first celebrated in 1970 and, since then, more and more people have shown their support for the environment by becoming involved. This year, the official theme for Earth Day 2021 is ‘Restore our Earth.’ Here at Vinehall School, we have been inspired by the motto: One Planet. One Pledge.

Each person in our school community has been invited to take action!

We have been asked to think of one thing, one change, one promise we will make for our planet.  No matter how great or small, our Pledges will make a difference. If each person makes one small change for the betterment of our world, together our efforts will have a positive outcome.

Some of us have chosen to reduce our meat consumption (which uses a tremendous amount of water to produce), while others have committed to planting more vegetables. We are going to be taking care of our bees by planting plenty of wildflowers and being a little more cautious with our recycling. Did you know that if your recycled goods have food on them, or if you add in non-recyclables, it might compromise the whole load?

Year 3 celebrated the event by going on a mindfulness walk with Mrs and Miss Everist. They visited our school pond where they took some time to connect with nature and appreciated the ducks, birdsong and the wonderfully ancient trees. A few tree hugs were had on the way back to class! Year 4 and Year 5 enjoyed their reading time outdoors. The celebration also included a ‘Wonder Walk’ where our friends helped to dazzle our senses with the natural wonders here on our school site. Year 7 realised that our mini-whiteboard pens are in fact single-use plastic and their action is to suggest changes. We look forward to seeing what they come up with for our school. Our Eco-Warriors are well underway with their goal-setting and we highly encourage conversations around conservation at home.

Ally Linney