‘Love where you live’ is an environmental campaign being promoted by students at Bootham School in their drive to gain ‘Ambassador’ status within the national Eco Schools initiative. The BEAST – Bootham Environment and Sustainability Team – have linked up with mini BEAST, their counterparts at Bootham Junior School, and with girls from The Mount School, to undertake a litter picking exercise around the neighbouring streets. And in order to help raise awareness, Bootham students have been designing their own tabards to wear when they are out doing the work.
Harriet Ennis, a teacher from Bootham, explained, “In order to achieve Ambassador status, which is the highest possible ranking with Eco Schools, the students must demonstrate that they are inspiring the wider community beyond the school gates. To help achieve this, they have designed tabards with slogans such as ‘We’re not naughty, we just care!’ In school, we have already seen a substantial reduction in energy use. The team works closely with the Bursar’s department, ensuring that things like the new Arts Centre, which the School is currently building, is constructed to the highest possible energy saving standards. ‘Passionate’ is a word that’s often banded about, but I can say that the students are genuinely passionate about the environment and just what’s at stake for their generation if we don’t get it right. I hope that we can all follow their example, and the example set by other young people who feel equally strongly.”
Bootham School was the first school in York to gain ‘Green Flag’ status and hopes to continue its trail blazing mission. Headmaster, Jonathan Taylor, said, “As a Quaker School, the values espoused by the eco awareness campaign line up very well with our view of the world, and the responsibility we have as a school to inculcate such values.”