SUSTAINABILITY

Our vision – Inspired to learn, supported to succeed

At Ringwood School we aim to foster respect for the environment and compassion for living things, to enhance understanding of different culture and to inspire all students to take actions that will make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.
We have a very active and dedicated Sustainability group who promote conservation values within school and participate in various national and local projects. If you are interested in becoming an Eco-Warrior come and see Miss Lowther in the Careers Office to find out more!

Plastic Pollution Campaign
We’re taking on the challenge of tackling our reliance and disregard for plastic in school and in the community! To kick-start our campaign we will be working through the 5 objectives as set by conservation organisation Surfers Against Sewage who are running a Plastic Free School campaign up and down the country which currently involves 170 schools.

Our first objective was to form a Plastic Free Student Committee which we have done most successfully – almost 50 students from all across the school came forward to participate! We began by creating a huge number of mind maps together to start identifying our own contribution to plastic pollution within school and to develop creative solutions to raise awareness and start reducing our plastic waste. Each group had to nominate a leader who would manage their team, pick the best idea as an action point and then report back to the whole committee at the end of the session. We shall soon begin to action these around our school site!

A large aspect of this campaign will be to spread this message into the local community – we will be approaching businesses as well as other schools to join forces with us so that together we can have a big impact on a big problem! If you like more information on how you can get involved with our Student Committee, or would just like some information on how you can reduce your plastic usage, please contact Elizabeth Lowther: elizabeth.lowther@ringwood.hants.sch.uk

“I am interested to join you and your team to explore the Plastic problem and, hopefully, to solve it. Ever since I was little I was disheartened to see plastic and more litter in our oceans. I would love to help stop people from littering in the sea. I believe it’s a very valid cause. I am eager to join and can’t wait to get started.”
– Year 9 Student

Wildlife Garden
We have been lucky enough to earn £2000 funding from Tescos Bags of Love scheme to revitalise our Wildlife Garden area! This will be a team effort and we would love to have the local community involved so if you feel you could contribute ideas, expertise or just a bit of elbow grease we would love to hear from you. If you would like more information on this exciting venture please contact Elizabeth Lowther: elizabeth.lowther@ringwood.hants.sch.ukSTEM Citizen Science Club
Every Tuesday lunchtime we hold a STEM club dedicated to Zooniverse – an online platform that allows citizen scientists to become involved with international projects from international universities and even NASA. Our first Project has been Chimp and See – an African based project that relies on trigger camera footage to identify chimpanzee behaviour, relationships and environments. Students love spotting chimpanzees, warthogs, buffalos, leopards and even elephants and without our help this footage would never have been classified.