Inspiring environmental art competition appeals for children and young people to get involved over holidays and the summer term. Thanks to a grant from The Boltini Trust, Sussex Green Living and the South Downs National Park Trust, which is the official charity of South Downs National Park, have developed this “Clean Up & Create” a Bright New Future competition for 5-16 year olds in Sussex and Hampshire.
Julie Fawcett, Chair of the South Downs National Park Trust, said “A key focus for the South Downs National Park Trust is to engage young people with this amazing natural asset on their doorstep with all its beautiful landscapes and wildlife.
“This competition offers a great way for children to get creative and think about ways we can conserve and enhance our environment in the years ahead. Young people are the future custodians of national gems such as the South Downs and this is a fantastic way to inspire them”
The aim is to encourage young people to design some artwork with a powerful message to raise awareness of the environment and represent the theme of a bright new future they want for the world.
There are two categories to choose from in each age group: Read more
Last Saturday saw the eight virtual Horsham Climate Cafe since lockdown (our first was on 27th March). This last session focused on ways we can get more solar on schools, reducing their electricity costs, going green with their energy and helping provide energy education. Shannon from Solar for Schools explained how they can help, learn more about Solar for Schools, see Shannon’s presentation below or contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07710483123
Here are a few other ways schools can green up:
- Schools may also be interested to know about the energy efficiency interest-free loans available to them https://www.salixfinance.co.uk/loans/schools-loans (this SEELS programme is funded by the Department for Education)
- A free energy efficiency programme will be running for schools that they might like to get involved with, consisting of four afternoon workshops http://www.lessco2.org.uk/. The existing cancelled programme will restart in October, other schools can still join it. Read more
This is your invitation to come, have fun and share your greener living message with our Sussex Green Living carnival procession. For a second year running we are taking a procession in the Billingshurst carnival, run by the Billingshurst Rotary on Sunday 24th June. Last year about 30 local people of all ages and two eco vehicles joined us, learn more here. This years Rotary theme is Heroes and Villains, our theme is The Future We Want – Greener Living! Read more
We’re really excited to tell you about another sustainable solution for schools and this one might win your school £1,000!
Now in it’ sixth year, the PA’s Raspberry Pi competition 2018 is offering three £1,000 prizes for teams from primary and secondary schools, and sixth forms and colleges.
This year’s theme is Sustainability. The challenge is to use the Raspberry Pi – a credit-card-size yet highly capable computer – to invent something that will help ‘save the planet’. Read more
We are delighted to share our ‘The Future We Want – LESS C02’ Sustainable Solutions for Schools Programme. This programme saves schools money, makes money and reduces C02 emissions. We also offer FREE whole school assemblies and lessons for KS2 focusing on Energy Eco Warriors or Textile Eco Warriors.
Bought to you by Sussex Green Living in partnership with Bags of Support an ethical West Sussex based textile recycling company. Our mission to financially help schools, provide environmental education, lessen carbon footprints and the effects of climate change. Read more
The four winning schools – Warninglid, Georgian Gardens, William Penn School and Upper Beeding – enjoyed their prizes on 8th, 11th, 12th and 13th September. Read more
Eco Beast Sculptures migrated from across West Sussex and took over a marquee in Horsham Park at ‘Funday Sunday’ on Sunday 9th July. Children from all over the county had wonderful fun making Eco Beast Sculptures out of waste resources. The best sculptures from schools and children’s uniformed groups formed a stunning public exhibition at this family event. Read more
The Future We Want – LESS C02 campaign was launched by Sussex Green Living in June 2017 at the Billingshurst Carnival. This programme was developed as a result of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corp training (more information below) and a WWF competition. In March 2017 Carrie, the founder of Sussex Green Living, was shortlisted as the WWF Earth Hour Community Hero. At the same WWF Earth Hour Parliamentary reception, Adam her 9 year old son was announced as a winner in the WWF KS2 The Future We Want – Climate Challenge poster competition, with his Climate Cartoon.
Carrie and Adam decided that they need to give future generations the knowledge and a voice to encourage everyone to care better for the planet which sustains us. Read more
A mother and son from Sussex were both acknowledged for their inspirational environmental work at the WWF Earth Hour Parliamentary Reception at the Palace of Westminster on 28th February.
Carrie Cort was shortlisted for the WWF Community Hero Award for climate justice work within her community, whilst her nine-year old son Adam won the KS2 WWF Climate Challenge ‘The Future We Want’ poster competition. Read more
Each year the South Downs National Park Authority hosts a gathering of teachers and ‘learning outside the classroom’ providers to share ideas and inspiration around using the Park to enhance learning. This free teacher’s conference has some inspirational keynote speakers, such as Dr Sue Waite and Ian Blackwell from Natural Connections and Pam Ellis and Claire Aspinall from Park Discoverers.
Eco Beast Sculpture Competition – Green Inspiration Through the Arts
Sussex Green Living in partnership with Horsham Festival and West Sussex County Council Waste Prevention team, are delighted to launch an Eco Beast Sculpture competition, open to children and young people in West Sussex.
This exciting competition aims to inspire young sculptors Read more
The E.Y.E. (Eco Young and Engaged) Project ran its first Eco Summit at the Weald and Downland Museum just outside Chichester yesterday. Previously they have run nine Eco Summits in the Worthing and Adur area. We were asked to deliver three Energy Matters workshops at the Summit for Your Energy Sussex. Read more
Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Location: Pennthorpe Independent School, West Sussex
Join SEEd members and trustees for a memorable day of talks and discussions on the role of sustainability in education in the beautiful setting of Pennthorpe Independent School in West Sussex. Read more
Yesterday my school, the William Penn Primary School in Coolham had a really exciting day sharing our ideas about how we could Change the World. This ‘World Changing IDEA Day’ was sponsored by the Billingshurst and District Lions Club and presented by 7 Billion Ideas Education.
Our new Green careers stand is going to the ‘Big Bang South East’ event at the South of England Showground, Ardingly on 28th June. The event aims to encourage young people aged 9 – 19 years to take up science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and brings those subjects to life. The Big Bang normally attracts about 7,500 young people and their teachers. You can learn more about the Big Bang events here.
The focus of our stand is “Create a Climate for Change not Climate Change”. Read more
William Penn School in Coolham is to pull out all the stops with a Roman-themed summer fête on Saturday, June 18th from 1-5 pm. Parents and pupils of the UK’s only state primary school with a Quaker foundation are hoping to raise funds towards a much-needed new classroom. Read more
No time to plan green activities for your school or group?
Want to get involved in environmental awareness campaigns?
Would like more curriculum enrichment activities?
We can help! Carrie who leads these sessions is a trained WSCC Waste Prevention Advisor, trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader, RHS School Gardening trained and is an Eco School Assessor. She has won many awards for her inspirational green work, the latest award being the BBC Surrey and Sussex Community Hero Green Champion.
We have planned some themed age appropriate green days and workshops which we can bring to your school, college or group.
Summer Pow Wow
Horsham, West Sussex, 18th May 2015. Gather your friends and family together and join the William Penn Primary School tribe in a traditional Native American Indian themed summer fete. All are welcome to this very special Summer Pow Wow at the Coolham based school where there is something for everyone to enjoy! Read more
The staff and children at Rudgwick Primary School are very excited by the recent opening of their new outdoor classroom, which was built using money raised by the school PTA. With the first signs of spring peeping through the decomposing autumn leaves the school are busy planning to make full use of this wonderful space.
After the festive season many people throw away their Christmas wrapping paper, Christmas cards and cracker content, not here! These waste resources make stunning art materials for our Green Club. Last week saw the start of our Pedro’s After School Green Club at the William Penn Primary School in Coolham, West Sussex. 15 children ranging from 6 to 11 came together to learn ways they can “upcycle” these materials into new Christmas resources. We made new crackers out of cardboard tubes, Christmas wrapping paper and unwanted cracker jokes and gifts. Out of the Christmas cards we made present tags and Christmas cards for next year and thank you cards for this year.
Come along to William Penn School’s Christmas Fayre in Coolham and enjoy a relaxing evening of festive food, refreshments and an assortment of sparkling stalls to get you in the Christmas spirit.
The children, from Seaside Primary School in Lancing, and Waterfield Primary School in Crawley, Read more
Date: Saturday 21st June 12 noon until 4.30 pm.
Location: William Penn Primary School, Brooks Green Road, Coolham, Nr Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH13 8GR
There will be lots for all to do for the whole family:
- Parishes and Schools recycle more single-use plastics September 25, 2020
- Food and community resilience September 21, 2020
- Learn from our Youth Eco Forum September 15, 2020