Frogs croaked, parrots swooped, snakes slithered and monkeys jumped as Bosvigo School celebrated World Environment Day last week.
Years 3 and 4 swapped their blue uniform for colourful, exotic feathers, scales and tails. Families and teachers joined in too!
This term, Classes 6, 7 and 8 have been finding out why rainforests matter, so this global event was the perfect opportunity to join with millions of others around the world and think about what they could do to help.
The children chose from three workshops: investigating the link between flooding and deforestation with geographer Mr Kyle Brown, creating sculptures in the style of environmental sculptor Andy Goldsworthy or designing homes in the forest for rainforest tribes.
By the end of the day, everyone could explain why rainforests are important, and had made a personal promise to change their behaviour to help the environment. Frankie explained, “I promised to buy chocolate from rainforest-friendly companies, because rainforests are being chopped down to plant cocoa beans.”
Stanley added, “I don’t want any more species to die out, so I promised not to have a rainforest animal for a pet.”
By the end of the day, the children had raised enough money to help the Rainforest Foundation UK and forest tribes protect two acres of rainforest.
Mr Wallis was delighted. “It’s vital that children understand how theirbehaviour in Cornwall can affect the health of the whole planet. Special events like this get the whole school community involved in learning in a really practical and fun way.”