Between 20 and 24 November, DUCKS along with the other four schools of Dulwich College held an Eco Week, in which pupils, staff and families focused on sustainability through a number of events, and child led initiatives, aimed at encouraging individuals to connect with nature and help lower their impact on the environment.
Led by the Year 2 Sustainability Leaders, initiatives included encouraging staff and families to reduce carbon miles by considering their journey to and from school and to opt for green alternatives, where possible, this resulted in over 450 car free journeys across the week. Pupils were also asked to think about reducing their energy usage and develop good habits. Such as, avoiding food waste, turning off taps and turning off lights when exiting classrooms. Children, across the whole of DUCKS, sorted rubbish into various recycling bins and learnt that there is rubbish that cannot be reused or recycled and will end up in landfills.
The week began with an Eco assembly on Monday lead by Dulwich College’s Sustainability Prefect, Sebastian and our own Year 2 Sustainability Leaders. They highlighted the ways in which we can all be more sustainable in everyday life. They encouraged individuals to reduce food waste by only taking ‘seconds’ if they intended to eat it all, and try foods that normally remain uneaten.
On Wednesday, guided by our Forest Leader, Year 1 pupils and Sebastian constructed a hedgehog home for local hedgehogs to hibernate in. In the 1950s, there were an estimated 30 million hedgehogs in the UK. Recent estimates suggest there are fewer than a million left. By building a hedgehog home, we have provided somewhere safe for a hedgehog to shelter, hibernate and raise hoglets.
On Friday, Year 2 pupils visited the Postcard Exhibition in the James Caird Hall. A collaboration and celebration of the natural world between Dulwich College and JAGS. They were especially delighted to see their own postcards. Their designs had been created, the previous week, as part of an engaging workshop with art teachers from Dulwich College.
Eco Week certainly brought sustainability into focus and children realised the difference they themselves can make. Our efforts remain ongoing.