Schools/youth

 

Go green in school or youth groups for SustFest 2020!

The Sustainability Festival 2020 aka #SustFest2020 is a 2 week festival of sustainability events across St Albans, Harpenden and the villages. Last year, over 30 schools, scouts and guides took part with projects ranging from practical such as tree planting or restoring school ponds to pupil conferences on reducing plastic.

Schools Week for SustFest2020 will be 1st-5th June 2020. If you would like to take part this year (either then or at another time around the dates of the festival), please register your school activity or event now!

How to Register

Schools and youth groups can get involved with SustFest20 at any time right up to the Festival. If you register your involvement by February 28th your school’s name will be included in the list of Private Events in the back of the 2020 programme.

When you have planned what to do, please let us know you are joining in by filling in our Word application form and emailing it to the email address on the form. It takes only a couple of minutes to complete.

Please do send us your school logo so we can show your support on our supporters page.

Please download the Word application form here

Resources and Ideas

To get more ideas, resources and films for schools and youth groups see this NEW web page www.sustainablestalbans.org/schools/

Ideas for SustFest Schools/Youth Activities

A whole week or a few students on one activity – it’s up to you how much you do for SustFest but we’d love to have you on board!

Hold an enrichment day/week around….

  •  appreciating and protecting nature
  •  reduce / reuse / recycle
  • climate change

Debate and Discuss

  • get the students to take the lead – student conferences, debates, strategy meetings and assemblies are all appropriate for older students to run

Activity ideas

Grow/Eat Food

  • get parents to come in and dig over the veg beds
  • plant seeds in newspaper pots
  • take a group of children to help at Incredible Edible St Albans community food growing plots.
  • build bug hotels
  • plant a tree
  • explore vegan cookery
  • learn about sustainable fish

Energy

  • monitor lights and interactive whiteboards to see if they are switched off
  • launch a fundraising campaign for solar panels on your roof
  • mount an anti-idling campaign aimed at parents for drop-off and pick-up

Nature

  • explore a local park or nature area and find nature on your doorstep
  • go on a bug hunt
  • make pictures out of sticks and leaves
  • leaf-rubbing
  • pond-dipping
  • bird-watching

Waste

  • have a “waste free lunch” challenge and try to cut food waste for the week
  • do a litter pick
  • build a greenhouse out of plastic bottles
  • mount a campaign to use both sides of paper in school
  • read Duffy the Sea Turtle and other books in the series to learn about plastics and marine life