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 Inspiring recycling ~ students lead the way
Student body “Agents For Change” have been successful in their campaign to improve the Framlingham College, Suffolk, recycling strategy.
Hannah Cockroft MBE - whose sporting career began when she was introduced to wheelchair basketball at her senior school – took on Ashville College, Yorkshire, head Richard Marshall in a basketball challenge.
Whilst Hannah holds the Paralympic and World Records
for the 100m, 200m and 400m in the T34 classification – basketball fanatic, Mr Marshall, also boasts an impressive sporting CV.
Mr Marshall, who joined
the independent school last September as its tenth Headmaster represented England at basketball as a schoolboy at Under 15, 19 and 23 age levels, whilst also playing for the British University England team, and was captain of his University first team.
Hannah and Mr Marshall battled head to head in a penalty shootout alongside Ashville pupils and keen basketball players Brody Meyer and Josh McCray, ending in a draw between the two teams.
In addition to shooting hoops against Mr Marshall, Hannah spoke to pupils from Year 3 upwards about overcoming adversity, the pressures of social media, body- image and self-confidence.
The school was given this opportunity thanks to Rob Shaw, the father of a pupil, who bought a “Day with Hannah” at a charity dinner. His daughter (Eliza) persuaded him to ‘donate’ that day to her school.
“Agents for Change” have successfully instigated a new environmentally friendly policy
at the school. As a result of their campaign, Framlingham College
will no longer use non-recyclable cups and cutlery at the school. It is estimated that across both school sites (accommodating 700 students and 275 staff) up to 200,000 plastic cups and 100,000 paper cups were used per year.
“Agents for Change” is made
up of a small group of pupils at Framlingham College Prep School who are aiming to change the world for the better in a variety of different ways.
Their first item on the agenda was to improve the recycling situation and processes at the school. They had identified that too much waste paper was being produced and that far too many non-recyclable cups and cutlery were being used and then sent to landfill.
“It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure we look after the planet and the way we dispose of the waste we produce”, said founder members Will Lamprell, Jim King and Joe Lewis.
Their tireless campaigning resulted in an official meeting with the commercial department at the school and the following was agreed.
- All plastic cups at mealtimes will be replaced with washable glasses
- Plastic cups at water fountains have been removed and every student and member of staff has been issued a branded re-usable water bottle.
- Paper cups for tea and coffee have been removed from common rooms and every staff member will be receiving a branded re- usable thermos cup.
- Paper cups for students’ hot chocolate have been replaced with china mugs.
- Plastic spoons in staff rooms and at team teas have been replaced by metal spoons.
- Installation of a blue recycling bin in every classroom in the school. New large paper bins have been installed in more accessible locations.
The “Agents for Change” campaign has also been adopted by Fram Leisure. It has removed all plastic
cups from the water fountains and has urged members of the gym and swimming pool to bring their own water bottle to keep hydrated.
Andrew Payn, the Operations Director, was really impressed with their determination and passion to protect the environment. ‘We have been recycling paper and other waste products for some years but these inspiring young students approached the matter in a different way. They questioned why we were creating so much non-recyclable waste in the first place leading us to review our operations. Not only have they substantially reduced our waste but they have also reduced costs as well!’
“Agents for Change” have also written to the local councillor
for his support and his pledge to improve the recycling situation in Brandeston, Framlingham and the surrounding area.
The next focus for “Agents for Change” is to find ways of reducing food waste, using compostable packaging made from plants, reducing harmful emissions from the school vehicles and preventing lights in the school from being left on.
Pictured: Hannah Cockroft and Ashville Headmaster Richard Marshall
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