St Andrews CE High School for Boys set up a Team of Explorers and from downloading the resources to organising fundraising events, the students took the lead every step of the Challenge.
A team called ‘Sustain’ from St Andrews CE High School for Boys in Worthing completed two Challenges and took on a third on their way to winning the Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge ‘Highly Commended’ prize for England in 2011.
There’s a lasting legacy to the campaigns carried out by the five Year 8 and Year 9 boys, with awareness and usage of Fairtrade and rainforest-friendly products up by 38% at school and at home, and with energy wastage in the school down by 50%.
‘Sustain’ started with the Food We Eat Challenge and scored a significant coup when they managed to get the Mayor of Worthing and the local Fairtrade steering group to attend their Fairtrade coffee morning, as well as parents, school staff and students. The event raised £60 for St Andrew’s partner school in Africa.
The second Challenge the team took on was the Energy We Use Challenge and they held an innovative energy saving competition for the whole school pitting every class against the others to see which could save the most energy. The competition was a huge success and the winning class was awarded a prize at a special assembly.
Sustain’s achievements won them the ‘Highly Commended’ prize for 2011 of £500. In addition the team were also invited to the Sky Studios and the Amazon exhibition at Somerset House.
“The trip to Sky during the summer term of 2011 to present their ideas was a real highlight and a great reward for working so hard,” says teacher Catherine Harris.
“The team did everything themselves, with only the occasional steer from me. At the start they were given an email with the Challenge web address and were told that if they wanted to take it on that we’d support them. And they just went for it. They’ve been very organised, holding regular meetings – and sending me the minutes so I knew what they’d been up to. It’s been brilliant for building their confidence.”
Team chairman Zach sums up Sustain’s experience:
“I thought if all those other schools could make a difference we could too as a school! Our achievements have been fantastic and I couldn’t wish for better.
The coffee mornings, the £500 we won and our trips to London were amazing and I wish we could do them all again. I would recommend the Challenge to everyone as it is fun and educational with great incentives too.”
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Challenge: Stuff We Buy
It's our absolute pleasure to announce our new Team of the Month - Form 4 Savers from Maldon Court Preparatory School. The team, led by their teacher Miss Burke has shown great enthusiasm and we were particularly impressed with the interest the team has shown in the topics, their efforts in taking on a second challenge, creating family top tip guides and sharing messages with lots of different people. Well done to you all!