Our eco-school

A little over a year ago, we presented you with the TES French Section School Development Project. As I mentioned at the time, it was planned as an adaptive framework open to new projects and ideas that could present themselves before 2019. I am delighted we had decided to see it that way, otherwise we wouldn’t be working on the Eco-School project this year.

The Eco-School project is a vast one; when we look at the list of things our school needs to do, it can get a bit overwhelming. It is as if we are standing at the foot of a mountain preparing to climb. The students (for it is they who are at the heart of our Eco-School) continue to make suggestions on how we could improve and we listen and do our utmost to meet their demands.  Sometimes it is easy, sometimes less so, but we cannot allow ourselves disappoint them. We need you to help us rise to the challenges your children are setting us. Once we have all put our first #onelittlething in place – buying a Keepcup and a canvas tote bag, remembering to turn off the lights/ PC/ AC – it’ll be time to turn to the bigger issues facing us.

Issues like: the improvement of the outdoor spaces at school, encouraging families to use alternative, more eco-friendly forms of transport to come to the primary campus, developing the school’s infrastructure to cope with such transport changes and rethinking lunchtime.

If you are unfamiliar with the lunch experience at a French school, I urge you to have a look at this clip in which the American film-maker, Michael Moore, discovers how things work in a French school cafeteria.  It is of course a bit of a caricature and that particular school can’t have been chosen at random, but the message is a valid one which corresponds to our approach to lunchtime. A meal should be an experience: we should take pleasure in eating, in chatting with our friends and it should all be set in a pleasant environment. We should be learning to taste and appreciate food. We should respect and help those who serve our food. We should finish what is on our plate because the portions should be appropriate and well-balanced.

In summary, there are certain key areas that we should act on immediately – they concern each and every one of us at TES.  The children will help us a lot, especially when it comes to reminding us to keep our promises – believe you me they won’t hesitate to do so. But we must also consider our children’s setting and surroundings. The Eco-School project gives us the opportunity to rethink our school as a greener, more pleasant, future forward place.

In the meantime, you can check in with the Eco-School project and the Green Thinkers on the blog. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Phil, Charles, Maeva, Andria and Isabelle for their work and commitment to the the project and for the care they take to discuss these matters with your children. It is all very exciting, I must admit, to see this wind of change at work. Unintentionally, they are already writing the next School Development Project!

Have an excellent weekend one and all


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