Dear Friends of Middleton,
Happy Earth Day! Hope this finds you all well.
MIS has been busy in playing their part for the environment. Last year our children wrote to companies like Vitagen and UHU to make bigger serving packs sans straws and make refillable glue sticks. We heard from UHU that they are trying to look in to the matter. We have decided not to stop here. As good, old Dr Seuss says, “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” This year we have signed up with OMG – One More Generation and we plan to bring their speakers via skype to our children. http://onemoregeneration.org/
These actions are not random or a one off. They are integrally woven into the curriculum. Persuasive texts are a part of our curriculum and writing to organisations around the world makes it more relevant and authentic for our learners. As part of our commitment towards sustainability we are also looking at reducing paper use and using the technology more effectively. It was a pleasure for us to see our students interact with a beautiful sense of camaraderie and understanding with their peers at EtonHouse Broadrick during their exhibition on the impact of technology on our lives. The curriculum scaffold works beautifully as our students approach their next inquiry topics on the same in a few weeks time.
I couldn’t be more proud of our Grades 5/6 students who kick- started the Earth day celebrations this year for the school with their play. Our confident dramatists communicated effectively the dangers of plastic, to their peers. The litter drive saw our young environmentalists from the whole school go out to the nearby areas and collect trash in reusable bags they brought from home. We make a difference one step at a time.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have been adopted as part of the Middleton School culture. This year we hope to delve deeper into this. We have, as a school, been working on #SDGGoal2 – Zero Hunger. As part of this, MIS has been in touch with the Food Bank and their representative came and spoke to our children last year. We intend to go further into this with our Student representative Council this term.
We are working towards leaving a better earth for our children. On this Earth day, I hope that we can come together as a community and reflect on our current practices and pave a better future for our next generation. The onus is on all of us.
Wishing you all a very happy Earth Day!