On Tuesday, 29 March, myself and five members of the Students of the World Ecology Group (SOTWEG) were accompanied by Ms Sutcliffe to St Clare’s College to meet their Environmental Committee.
Inspired by Mr Brennan’s desire for increased collaboration between Waverley and the local girls’ schools, I reached out to St Clare’s a few weeks ago to see if they:
- Had an Ecology Group; and
- Would be keen on collaborating.
Fortunately for us, the answers to both these questions was “yes.” I was put in contact with Mr Burden, their head of Ecology, and, after a quick phone call, made plans to meet up in person.
Once we arrived at St Clare’s, it was clear that everyone involved was really enthusiastic. After we gave each other a brief rundown on who we were, such as how long SOTWEG has been running (since 2020), and the current and future projects we are working on, it became apparent that we had the similar objective of reducing the amount of waste and litter at our schools.
At the end of the meeting, we finished with plans to meet up again and to hopefully attend a workshop in Term 2 hosted by NetNada – a sustainability company St Clare’s are currently working with.
This was a fabulous opportunity for myself, members of SOTWEG, and Ms Sutcliffe to gain new perspectives, ideas and plans on how to improve the waste management situation at our College. It was great to meet and talk with people who are just as interested in Ecology as we are, and the girls’ insight was greatly appreciated.
Finally, a massive thank you to St Clare’s for hosting us and for giving us a room with really nice chairs!
P.S Just a friendly reminder: please put your rubbish in the (correct) bin.
Student author James Peate (Year 9)
Member of the Students of the World Ecology Group (SOWEG)
Ms Rebecca Sutcliffe
Ecology Coordinator and Geography Teacher