Eco Warriors from 24 Infant, Junior and Secondary schools joined together for a fun day of environmental learning at the E.Y.E Project (Eco, Young & Engaged) 10th Worthing & Adur Eco Summit hosted by Davison CE High Schools for Girls.
Schools from along the coast between Rustington and Southwick took part in a variety of environmental and sustainability themed workshops and interactive stands. Many pupils shared their fantastic school eco projects and activities during assembly.
Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham and The Mayor of Worthing, Cllr Alex Harman both welcomed over 200 pupils to the event. Eco-Schools England manager Lee Wray-Davies came all the way from Manchester to deliver a Key Note speech and many organisations and businesses delivered workshops and interactive stands throughout the day.
In workshops from STEM Sussex and Shoreham Port Authority pupils investigated sustainable energy using wind turbines and solar cells. Professional Kite Surfer Lewis Crathern demonstrated the power of wind using Kite flying as a tool, and Southern Water and Eco Schools ran workshops on saving water. During a workshop by The Southern Co-operative pupils learned about food miles and the benefits of buying local and seasonal food; and pupils were also ‘hands on’ in grinding to make flour and preparation of dough to create bread rolls in a workshop by Plumpton College and Farming and Countryside Education. Pupils made Eco Design reflective accessories from old Hi-Viz clothing in a workshop run by Davison CE High School for Girls staff; and were creative making collaborative art displays from waste, recycling and natural materials; and used music to explore environmental issues. Pupils also learned about sustainable careers; the damage plastic causes to the environment; carbon footprint; the effects of a changing environment on creatures and their habitats; and how to create wildlife friendly habitats.
In a stand run by Ashden Less Co2 pupils powered lamps by pedal power; pupils planted seeds in biodegradable newspaper pots in a stand run by Durrington High School pupils; learned about Pollination in a stand run by Worthing High School pupils; about ecologically produced baskets made in Ghana from old plastic carrier bags in a stand by Care4Basket; and discovered the Dark Skies with the South Downs National Park Authority.
Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing & Adur, and Founder/Patron of the E.Y.E Project said 'It was a great way to celebrate the 10th Eco Summit with our biggest, best and certainly most energetic summit yet. There was a real buzz around Davison’s as 24 schools came together to learn about protecting our environment and sharing best practice which is exactly why we set up the project in the first place. I am really grateful to the organising committee and teachers who have worked so hard and showed such enthusiasm which has clearly proved infectious with the pupils.'
Clare Sutton, Project Officer/Events Organiser of the E.Y.E Project said ‘It was great to see so many enthusiastic young people learning about different ways we can all help the environment and interacting so positively and wonderful to hear about the great Eco work many pupils are involved in within their schools.”
Head teacher of Davison CE High School for Girls, Mr Chris Keating said 'It is an absolute pleasure to host the eco-summit as part of the E.Y.E Project. I am delighted to see that the young people of Adur and Worthing are so passionate about caring for our environment and supporting sustainability. My sincere thanks go to all of the organisers, supporters and participants.'
The pupils created a feedback tree. ‘Thank you for putting on this event. I really enjoyed it! All the projects were awesome!’ Archie from Broadwater CofE Primary; ‘I’ve learnt lots! I know how to make the world a better place! I had lots of fun!’ Rhiannon from Hawthorn Primary School; ‘I’ve loved it. It was very enjoyable and interesting. All the activities were well planned. The whole experience taught me a lot about the environment.’ Anon.
Schools that took part in the day: Davison CE High School for Girls; Worthing High School; Bramber Primary; Broadwater CE Primary; Durrington High; Chatsmore Catholic High; English Martyrs Catholic Primary; Georgian Gardens Community Primary; Hawthorns Primary; Heene Primary; Holmbush Primary Academy; Seaside Primary; Shoreham College; Springfield Infant; Thomas a Becket Junior; Whytemead Primary; Bohunt; Eastbrook Primary; Ferring CE Primary; Lyndhurst Infant; Our Lady of Sion; Sompting Village Primary; St Nicolas & St Mary Primary; Millais School Horsham.
The E.Y.E Project will be holding a similar event hosted by Chichester High School in the Autumn involving schools from the Chichester area and are also looking to expand the project into the north of the County next year.