The whole school contributes to the recyling effort, with recycling bins for paper, cans, bottles and bags in every classroom and office. Students also collect glass and cardboard from across the school campus, including boarding houses, and used batteries are collected for recycling. All departments actively reuse paper wherever possible.
In the classroom
Students of all ages study ecology and environmental issues within the Biology and Geography courses. Other departments also address environmental issues as part of the syllabus and especially during Environment Week, with Mathematicians analysing population and resource curves; study of Nature poetry in English; and Theory of Knowledge teachers investigating the scientific claims of climate change.
Around the campus
The new Performing Arts Centre has been built to high environmental standards with solar-power, ground-source heating and daylight-sensing bulbs. The Sennocke Centre has recently reduced the number and wattage of its lights, and installed a variable speed drive to halve the energy needed to heat the swimming pool. Boarding Houses compete to reduce energy consumption and some operate their own compost heap. Local growers are used to supply the kitchens, and water and picnic food are provided in recyclable containers. The school's marketing materials are either carbon-neutral or are printed on paper from a sustainable source.
Our IT Service is committed to the school's environmental aims while continuing to provide technologies that support teaching and learning in all subjects. This includes buying and running electronic equipment with low carbon footprints, operating automatic PC shut-downs across the campus, disposing of all equipment ethically and providing user awareness education.
Every year the School celebrates Environment Week and focuses upon reducing, reusing and recycling. Assemblies and workshops educate the students, departments address environmental issues in the classroom, competitions raise awareness and generate new initiatives, and the kitchens offer a range of alternative meals.