Year 6 Plastic Proposal Passed
10th May 2019
There were some special guests at The New School's Academic Council* meeting this month: Adriano, Nicolò, Sofia and Virginia, on behalf of their Year 6 classmates, delivered a presentation to AC members on the impact of plastic on our planet. Following work done in Geography this term, they also had an official proposal to present to teaching staff and Senior School student representatives: that the school as a whole commits to the RISA Campaign for Plastic Reduction, an initiative recently launched by a small group of fellow students at St. Stephen's School.
The RISA CPR asks schools to regularly self-evaluate in seven key areas. The idea is for Rome international schools to share their challenges and solutions and to demonstrate that they are making tangible steps towards significant reduction in their consumption of plastic.
Over the past couple of months, Year 6 students have not only been learning about the extent of this global problem, but have been taking positive action. Assemblies have been delivered by students to students; numerous letters have been written to big companies, asking for information on how they plan to improve their practices in this area; a survey has been shared with all parents in the school community to encourage as many individuals as possible to consider whether or not they can reduce their 'plastic footprints.' All this action has been set in motion by our responsible young geographers in the Primary school.
We thank the founders of the RISA Campaign for Plastic Reduction, and we thank Adriano, Nicolò, Sofia and Virginia for taking the time to ask the Academic Council if it would like to make this environmental effort a whole school concern. In light of their informative presentation, a vote was held and their proposal was emphatically passed. The New School is officially part of the campaign.
We thank AC for their support.
*The Academic Council (AC) is the main policy-making forum in the school in which teachers and student representatives vote on matters relating to the running of the school.