Written by Louise MacLeod, our Head of Media Centre. Thank you Louise for all you have done to instill eco-values in our Highbury boys!
June is our Environmental Month, where we find time to address topical issues. Last year we worked on reducing our plastic bag usage, with teachers and boys making pledges. Following a survey conducted this week amongst the boys, it would seem that 35% of our Highbury families are indeed making a concerted effort not to buy plastic bags from shops. Hopefully we are making a significant difference, however small, to the masses of plastic affecting and killing our precious creatures.
This year we are fighting a similar battle, 'Straw Wars'. We are asking the Highbury community to join us in a global movement to eliminate plastic drinking straws from our landfills, our streams, our oceans and our beaches. "The Last Plastic Straw" is a campaign to educate the public about the absurdity of single use plastic, its effects on our health, our environment and our oceans. We are asking you to request, "No straw please," when purchasing/ordering beverages at restaurants or takeaways and to suggest to management that they only provide straws on patrons' requests. We need to have a voice and spread the word, in order to save those who have no voice.
Our Gr 1-3 boys
were tasked to design and create art pieces using straws and other recycled
materials - which were combined to make this magnificent display - raising
awareness to 'Help Save Our Oceans'.