Windhill21 students set out their global goals at Changemakers
Children at Bishop’s Stortford’s Windhill21 School have become Changemakers.
Primary head Philippa Moore said: “Always internationally-minded, Windhill21 School are constantly looking for opportunities to reach out and understand the needs of the world. It was in this quest that they stumbled upon the 17 Global Goals and realised that they underpinned everything Windhill21 stands for and what they do.
“It was not long until they undertook the challenge of becoming Changemakers; they could see that each one of the school community individually and collectively could make a difference.”
They have formed a “Goalkeeper club” with a first mission to reduce the use of plastic - global goals 14 and 15.
The youngsters have banned disposable water bottles and serve milk in cups, eliminating the use of plastic straws and milk carton packaging. The school’s catering company has ditched disposable plates and cutlery.
Mrs Moore said: “The Windhill21 curriculum is now fully linked to the 17 Global Goals and the children’s awareness has been sharply raised to the point where the pupils proffer their ideas and information about global awareness to staff; it is a two-way street!
“Last term culminated in a ‘Power of Pictures’ week which was linked to the Global Goals; the children talked actively about powerful pictures and the messages they were conveying about the world.
“This term, Windhill21 is focussing on No Poverty and No Hunger - Global Goals 1 and 2. In class and in assembly, the children have explored the definition of poverty which is a complex one. The children have realised that poverty is closer to us than we think!”
The school is now raising money for Oxfam and pupils are writing speeches connected to Global Goals which will be judged on World Speech Day (Friday, March 15). The winners will go through to an evening event held at the school to which many of the local community have been invited.