Harpenden School shedding light on importance of energy

A SCHOOL in Harpenden went without lighting and heating yesterday to teach its pupils about the importance of energy conservation.

Pupils at Grove Junior School were challenged not to use electricity for the entire day to make them more aware of their energy consumption and encourage them to reduce it.

Computers and interactive whiteboards were turned off and students wore extra clothes to keep warm as the heating was not turned on. Lessons were held by candlelight and the school cook prepared sandwiches and soup, using a gas hob, for children to eat.

Meter readings were taken at the start of the day and at the end to highlight the difference that the school had made.

The day was planned by pupils and staff in the school’s ECO team with pupil Tegan Reed directly contacting the Herts Advertiser to arrange coverage. Pupils were sponsored to avoid using electricity at home as well as at school.

Children debated the subject of sustainability and the environment, designed gadgets of the future and toasted marshmallows. The day’s assembly was led by an energy expert who advised the children on how best to reduce their use of electricity.

Headteacher, Mrs Pippa Bremner, said: “It was fantastic to see the range of lessons taught and the impact of teaching and learning. The impact of the day and the memory of it will stay with the children, hopefully, through their lifetime.”

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The school is working towards its ECO Schools Green Flag award. ECO Schools is an international programme that awards schools and assists them on their way to becoming a sustainable school.