Hockerill Anglo-European College pupils focus on community, service and the environment
Hedgehog health and battery recycling are two of the topics being tackled by students at Hockerill Anglo-European College as part of a community project.
In all, 120 Year 9 pupils, aged 13 and 14, at the Bishop's Stortford state secondary school are focusing on the environment as part of the Middle Years Programme which youngsters in Years 7 to 9 follow.
Teacher Chris Gilman said: “It is one of four programmes offered by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. It focuses on community and service, encouraging students to explore how to implement service as action in their community.”
The projects are run in small groups of three to four students with a designated supervisor to guide them.
Mr Gilman said: “Two groups have decided to undertake an awareness campaign.
"One is aiming to raise awareness of the plight of hedgehogs and how people can help their numbers recover through easy practical steps such as building hedgehog houses for hibernation or knowing how to get help for sick or injured hedgehogs.
"The other group is aiming to raise awareness of the need to recycle batteries and ways in which this can be achieved.”
As a year group, the children have come up with a range of diverse and innovative projects, from creating a butterfly garden to the installation of bike racks.
They began work in October and will complete the project in June, developing a range of skills – including research, teamwork, collaboration and communication – along the way. Each student keeps a journal for regular review by their supervisor and will make a formal presentation at the end.
Mr Gilman said: “Hockerill's mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, responsible, global citizens through academic excellence.”