On Friday 7th February 2020 a group of five Year 6 students (Rusul, Ayaan, Andrea, Sadeen and Salome) attended the WE Schools Youth Summit on Environmental Issues at the University of Birmingham. Around 20 different schools from across the city attended the event.
We met in the Student Council Chambers and the day started with an introduction to the organisation (a charity working to get young people involved in social action projects) and their message: “One person can make a change, but together we can change the world”.
Following this we were split into smaller groups and completed a series of workshops. These included:
Our children chose to focus on the issue of ‘Plastic and Recycling’. Their idea is to install recycling bins decorated with colourful designs and factual information about the importance of recycling in our school and the local area, as well as raising awareness through posters, assemblies, workshops and parent meetings. They thought about the practical steps they would need to take to achieve this and also came up with a great slogan: “Let’s make our future greener, and Sparkhill cleaner!”
After sharing ideas with the rest of our workshop group, one school was chosen to present their project idea to everybody else back in the Council Chambers… English Martyrs’ was chosen and the children did a fantastic job as you can see!
We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a lot. In addition to attending the Youth Summit we had some time to explore the fantastic UoB campus! The children returned to school feeling inspired and motivated to move forward with their action plan… watch this space for further updates!
ENGLISH MARTYRS' JUNIOR PCSOs
The Junior PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) scheme is aimed to empower children to take responsibility for issues that affect them, whilst giving them the knowledge and confidence to turn their concerns into action.
The Junior PCSOs have chosen to focus their efforts into tackling the littering problem in and around the Sparkhill area. With the help of PCSO Rachel Ryan, the children will take charge and find a course of action to deter the local community from destroying our precious planet.
Let's meet our Junior PCSOs...
ZERO HERO CAMPAIGN
The world we live in is changing because of climate change. English Martyrs' pupils are speaking up now to look after our world. We are calling on adults to help the UK reach net zero emissions by 2045. This means only putting the same amount of emissions into the atmosphere as we take out. The UK reaching net zero will mean that we no longer contribute to climate change. We all want to be zero heroes!
Article 24 - We all have the right to a clean and safe environment.
Article 4 -The Government has a responsibility to make sure your rights are protected.
Letters to our MP
The pupils have written letters to our local MP calling on him to be a Zero Hero too! Mr Godsiff wrote back to the pupils of English Martyrs' to tell us he fully supported our campaign and is working with the Government to ensure we become a carbon neutral nation.