Nietzsche’s belief that the future influences the present just as much as the past is particularly pertinent in the world of education, where our role is to prepare your children for the world of tomorrow. At the French Section, we pay particular attention to ensuring that your children acquire competencies and savoir-faire that will be useful and necessary in the future, whether it be multilingualism, a vision of a diverse and multicultural world, a love of arts and culture or an insatiable desire to learn that will last a lifetime.
Your children are also faced with a vital challenge: that of protecting the environment for the future. Sustainable development, civics and citizenship all feature heavily in our new curricula and they call for respect for nature and the world around us. The recent CE2 beach cleaning operation, which saw the two classes remove as much plastic as they could from local beaches, was a good example of allowing the students to take positive action in this domain.
It seems to us that we should do more, that our school can and should play a larger, more concrete and more direct role in helping children understand the importance of taking care of the environment. Respecting nature and the environment can only come if children have access to nature, if they observe it and understand it, which means living, playing and working in and with nature. We would like to bring more nature to TES so our students can experience its fragility, beauty and all of the pleasure it brings.
Phil Dawson, Nicolas Trameçon and the CE1 classes have taken the initiative of creating a garden on campus. During the next school year, other teachers and classes will get involved with the garden too. The space will be a site of learning where children figure out how to plant, tend to, care and respect nature, and, once it is in full bloom, it can also be a nature space and learning area where children can have lessons among flowers and plants, a community space where we can, for example, have a picnic among the greenery.
We need your help for this project to flourish. Students need wooden boxes (for example wine boxes), wooden pallets, flowers, vegetables, plants, trees and bamboo. We could also use your know-how: are you a DIY fanatic? Is building a sustainable garden a project that interests you? If so, please contact Phil to let him know how you would like to help (firstname.lastname@example.org), he will coordinate all of the volunteers.
There will be further eco-initiatives to follow, and we hope to see the other Sections of TES join us in them; for our Eco-school project to really blossom we need the support and the commitment of the whole school. The garden is the first step, other areas to tackle include the amount of food waste in our cafeteria, the (over) reliance on air-conditioning, recycling, real cycle sheds etc. Our aim is to alert our students to the room for ecological improvement around TES and for them to be the actors of change in our school now and in the world in the future. I am convinced that big changes can be made and that our school is the first place to start when it comes to offering a better example to our students of caring for the environment.
I will keep you informed of all of the Eco-school activities as they arise. In the meantime, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Phil and to Nicolas for kick-starting and leading this ambitious project and I would like to thank you in advance for your help and support with the project.
Have an excellent weekend.