Planet BSB: Helping to Develop Environmentally Aware Pupils
We're committed to REDUCE OUR NEGATIVE IMPACT and CONSERVE OUR NATURAL RESOURCES through EDUCATION, TRAINING AND COMMUNICATION.
At BSB, we believe in the idea that each of us can make the world a better place.
We teach our students how to take care of their minds and bodies and, at the same time, support them to become active and involved citizens of the world. Therefore, we encourage them to treat the environment with the same care as they treat themselves and pursue environmentally conscious goals that follow one of BSB’s mottoes:
#CONCERN for our planet by being kind to the environment
The British School of Bucharest is committed to reduce the negative impact and conserve our natural resources through education, training and communication. We want our students to understand the principles of being eco-friendly and apply them every day.
Concern for the Planet
BSB is surrounded by 5000 square metres of green area that is cared for by specially trained staff. We take care of every plant and tree on our campus. Each time we remove one, we plant a new one in its place. Moreover, we recycle everything from paper and plastic to electronic devices and batteries, and we try to reduce our carbon footprint by minimising single-use plastic containers.
There's only one planet. Consequently, we're committed to using all resources efficiently while adopting green technologies and producing our own energy.
That's why we installed 100 solar panels that produce 37 MWH/year. They can supply up to 530 hours of energy for 40 air conditioning units.
Moreover, we use motion-sensitive lights for maximum efficiency in the entire School and avoid unnecessary heating and cooling. In addition, we also hold our own Earth Hour, when we turn off lights and electronic equipment throughout the School for one hour to highlight ways we can all save energy.
All around our campus, we have installed recycling points. Our students have learned how to separate materials for recycling such as paper, plastic and glass from dangerous waste, electronic devices and batteries.
Whole-school environmental awareness
The main target of the School's Eco-Committee is to create awareness of environmental issues with our pupils. Every activity we organise to help develop environmental awareness within our pupils comes under the banner Planet BSB in the quest to be environmentally conscious.
Our dedicated teachers and staff organise many school-wide initiatives, including:
The annual Eco Christmas Tree Decorating Contest, whereby students decorate trees on campus with environmentally friendly decorations, illustrating the point of excessive waste over the holiday season and identifying ways to counter it.
Earth Hour has been held for the last three years. We turn off lights and electronic equipment throughout the School for one hour to highlight ways we can all save energy.
On 'Green Day', everyone dresses in green and teachers integrate an eco-theme into their lessons throughout the day.
Secondary School environmental awareness
We address environmental awareness in various ways within the Key Stages of the British Curriculum. In Secondary, this includes hosting environmental poetry competitions where students' eco-poems are published in an international book and running an ongoing competition where students can sign up to the British School of Bucharest community on the Tree People website. This website encourages students to take on environmental challenges, such as taking a shower instead of a bath to save water and removing phone and tablet chargers from the wall to save energy. Each time they complete a challenge, their tree grows accordingly. The Tree People website even offers advice on setting up compost heaps and challenges students not to watch TV for weeks. This website is an excellent way for Secondary students to engage with the vital topic of saving environmental resources.
Primary School environmental awareness
In Primary School, we promote environmental awareness to pupils through eco-points. Points are awarded for behaviours such as turning off lights, using reusable lunch containers, picking up rubbish and conserving the number of materials needed for a task.
Additionally, in Key Stage 2 of the British Curriculum, each class receives a pot, soil and flower seeds to grow and care for their own class plant. Another way for primary children to understand the importance of the environment is through a competition where each class makes a sculpture out of reusable materials, demonstrating that one way to reuse materials is to turn them into artworks.
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