On Friday 15th October we had three very important guests join us in school; the Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi, Tanya Steele, UK Chief Executive of the World Wildlife Fund and the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. We feel privileged to have been chosen to share some of the amazing environmental work we do here in school. Through our work with Planet Super League, the World Wildlife Fund and Wicked Weather Watch, our children have had the opportunity of a lifetime to share their thoughts and views on environmental issues with a world leader ahead of COP26 in Glasgow later this month. The children were amazing and our visitors were very impressed with their knowledge and enthusiasm!
The Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education made some environmental pledges with the children which they captured on leaves that will be taken to COP26 by the WWF to add to the forest of pledges. They also helped plant some bulbs in our garden to promote pollination; they made bird feeders from sustainable resources to encourage bio diversity and they participated in a mini-COP26 led by the World Wildlife Fund where the children had to put their environmental points across to the world leader, alongside our other important guests. Some of the children also participated in various environmental activities in the hall, showcasing some of the fantastic work we do in school.
Our Year 4 children wrote letters to the Prime Minister which they handed to him on Friday and earlier this week we received a letter from Downing Street thanking the pupils for writing to him and for highlighting some salient points around deforestation.
The Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education listened intently to what the children had to say and we hope they take those messages back to COP26 in Glasgow at the end of the month so that real, sustainable change can be achieved. We wanted our views heard on climate change and what an opportunity we had to voice those views ahead of such an important climate event!
Thank you again to all our families and wider community who support us with our eco initiatives in school. We fully intend to continue our work well beyond COP26 so that we positively change mind-sets and behaviour to help create a sustainable future for the benefit of our children at Westbury on Trym, in the UK and throughout the world.