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Two hundred local pupils attend Eco summit at Crawley school

The Gatwick sponsored ‘Eco, Young, and Engaged’ (EYE) conference saw eight local schools and 200 pupils from Crawley and Horsham attend Ifield Community College on Monday to get a practical understanding of the environment and the importance of sustainability.

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Aged between six and seventeen, pupils chose between 13 workshops where they could learn about making their own compost and the wildlife within it, and about the effect that different clothing materials have on the environment and therefore which ones are more sustainable to buy and wear.

Other workshops included practical team challenges on how to upcycle (reuse) everyday items – such as using old milk bottles as planters for herbs – and how to harness the power of both wind turbines and solar panels to generate electricity.

The conference is part of the wider EYE campaign which seeks to bring schools in West Sussex together to focus on the importance of caring for our planet – to promote sustainability and encourage young people’s interest in environmental issues.

Gatwick’s Head of Sustainability, Rachel Thompson, gave an introductory talk on what sustainability is and its importance for protecting the environment.  She also discussed Gatwick’s ‘Decade of Change’ report, which tracks the airport’s progress on ten sustainability targets set over a ten year period (2010 to 2020), and explained how Gatwick’s buildings and fleet are carbon neutral.

The sponsorship of the conference is part of Gatwick’s wider community engagement programme which aims to make lasting and positive impacts to local communities and young people. Gatwick is also partnering with 15 local schools as part of the Primary Engineer programme to help schools teach STEM-based subjects in a more relatable and practical way to inspire more students to study the subjects.

Rachel Thompson, Head of Sustainability, Gatwick Airport said:

“It was great to see the enthusiasm of the students and hear their excellent questions and ideas. We hope today’s event will inspire more eco school projects and also encourage more students to consider studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and pursuing careers in sustainability.”

Irram Ali, Ifield Community College Eco Lead, said:

“It was an honour to have been able to host the first Eco-Summit in Crawley. At Ifield Community College we are focused on encouraging our students to proactively engage with environmental issues and this was an excellent opportunity for such engagement to take place. All students were passionate and enthused and will hopefully implement some of their new knowledge in our local schools and community.”

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Crawley students donate food hampers to support families this Christmas

On Wednesday 18th December ICC Students presented the Easter Team with Christmas food hampers.

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Students at ICC have been busy decorating boxes and collecting food items for the Christmas hampers to be donated to The Easter Team; a Crawley based Christian charity that helps people who need it the most in Crawley.

Donations on the list included, mince pies, chocolate, biscuits, tins of ham, pots of jam and Christmas puddings.

Sharon Golightly, Chair of Trustees for the Easter Team reported:

“The items donated will go a long way towards supporting families that are in crisis in our town over this Christmas period.  It is a sad fact that many people are struggling to put food on the table and do not have the many luxuries that we enjoy and maybe take for granted around this time of year.

The Easter Team is part of the Crawley Food Bank Partnership, which also includes Crawley Open House.  Throughout the year between us we give out on average 50 – 60 food parcels per week to families in need, and at Christmas we also help other groups such as the YMCA and in total give away between 140 – 160 food parcels, which will include some of the goodies donated by your students.

As the demand for our services continues to grow, we are always in need of volunteers as well as donations.  If you would like more information about the work of the Easter Team or the Crawley Food Bank Partnership please visit our websites at:

www.theeasterteam.org
www.crawleyfoodbankpartnership.co.uk

We are very grateful for your continued support and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.”

Mr Corbett, Headteacher of ICC said, 

“Our students recognise Christmas as a time of sharing and have been true to the spirit of Christmas. It is wonderful to see these young people putting others first and making sure that a happy Christmas is shared by the whole community.”

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