There was much excitement at St Mark’s this week as the ‘Sustainable home’ projects began to arrive at school in readiness for their showcase event in the library. Some even needed a delivery and a few pairs of hands to transport them! It was lovely to feel the buzz in school including hearing many older students talking about their memories of making ‘eco-houses’ when in Year 8.
Our Year 8 geographers were given a homework project based on innovative ways that we can reduce our energy consumption through building the ideal sustainable home, and designing an innovative product to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. This project complements our scheme of learning where students study ‘Our Changing Climate’.
Mrs Helyar, Subject Leader for Geography commented, “our students always enjoy this project, but this year the quality of work, and the sheer time that many have spent on these projects has been just wonderful. We have had such a wide range of work submitted from fantastic Lego builds, videos, models of houses, sketches, presentations, even coding for an app to reduce energy computation, and an interactive virtual tour of a sustainable home.”
During the showcase event, members of staff were invited to come and view the exhibits. Our Headteacher, Mr Ash, commented. “Students were given time to set up their project and then given time to move around the room and provide some peer feedback using the grading criteria. The event was a lovely opportunity for our students to share ideas and learn from each other, and celebrate their successes together.”
The event was a good reminder for us all that we must all be proactive in working together to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
Mrs A Heylar
Teacher of Geography