The school utilises its rural environment by bringing learning outside the classroom to life with its very own wildlife nature reserve and Eco-Squad which comprises of girls who are keen to champion the cause. The school is one of only 27 schools in the country, and the only one in the South West to hold the Eco Schools Ambassador Award, demonstrating green issues and sustainability embedded into the ethos of the school.
Laura James Head of Eco-studies said “As an Eco-School we must demonstrate that we have successfully delivered change in the culture of the School. This is why this year’s ‘Girls Go Green week’, promises to be slightly different with the entire school getting on board with our eco-values and doing everything we possibly can to make Bruton School for Girls a ‘greener’ place.”
Sunny Hill Preparatory School is running a new programme of Eco-Outdoor Education Events for Nursery, Year 3, Year 5 and Year 7 in which children from Feeder Schools are invited to attend free of charge.
Girls from the senior school will be taking time out to visit the Eden Project and are timetabled to attend a series of workshops including a ‘Mock Earth Summit’ – to consider global ‘green’ issues and develop public speaking and debating skills and ‘Bushcraft and Eco Awareness’ – focusing on skills, ethos and the environment. The latter being run by Mark Hotson, who owns and runs ‘Countrylore’ an environmentally friendly Bushcraft business.
Mark Hotson, said ‘I am delighted to be working with Bruton School for Girls to illustrate first-hand how much nature has to offer and to reintroduce something into their lives that is so often missing. I am keen to give the girls a good solid foundation of knowledge based on Bushcraft which is more than essential in our everyday life.”
The ‘Girls Go Green’ week workshops are completely subsidised by the school and the hope is to encourage the interest of young people in our environment. The week ends with a Green Mufti Day where for a donation of £1 girls are able to wear their own ‘green’ clothes. Donations are raising money for World Wildlife Foundation charity chosen by the Eco-Squad.
Bruton School for Girls is a day school for boys and girls aged 2 – 7 and a day and boarding school for girls aged 2 – 18. They are holding an Open Morning on Saturday 5th October 9.30am – 12.30pm. To register your interest contact [email protected] or visit www.brutonschool.co.uk for details.