Students at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy learnt how to reduce,…

Students at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy learnt how to reduce, reuse and recycle during a day focused on helping to save the planet.
The whole of Year 7 took part in a series of workshops led by form tutors, a theatre company called We Are Gibber and Derbyshire County Council.
Students learnt the importance of the 3Rs and considered what actions they could take to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste to help protect the environment for themselves and future generations.
One exercise involved students guessing how long it would take for different objects to decompose including a mobile phone and a plastic bottle.
Other workshops which took place saw students being asked to make as many paper bags in 20 minutes in order to ‘survive’ after learning that some communities in India have to make bags out of recycled materials in order to make money and survive.
A Dragons’ Apprentice sessions saw small groups of students work together to pitch a reused or recycled item to a panel of judges, explaining what the environmental benefits are.
Students were also asked to sort through a clean bag of waste that had been fly-tipped to find the culprit.
Andy Ritchie, Learning for Life co-ordinator at Saint John Houghton CVA, thanked everyone who was involved in the day.
He said: “It was a fantastic day where students learnt the importance of recycling and just doing little bits can help to save our planet for future generations.”



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