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Global Goals

Have you heard of the Global Goals?

In September 2015, World Leaders committed to the Sustainable Development Goals. They consist of 17 goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things by 2030: to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change. At Princess May, we have chosen to examine the Global Goals. 

Always internationally-minded, Princess May are constantly looking for opportunities to reach out and understand the needs of the world. It was in this quest that we stumbled upon the 17 Global Goals and realised that they underpinned everything Princess May stands for and what we do. It was not long until we undertook the challenge of becoming Changemakers; we could see that each one of the school community individually and collectively could make a difference. Assemblies were held, and soon an Eco-Club was formed. Their first mission was reducing the use of plastics - global goals 14 and 15. Collectively, they embarked on a journey to understand the issues; found a voice and pledged to actively make a difference. This resulted in the school changing their habits: 

1. Now we have banned disposable water bottles. 

2. Now we serve milk in the children’s cups at school, thus eliminating the use of plastic straws and the packaging of the milk cartons. 

3. After a meeting with our catering company, we have reduced the plastic used and eliminated the use of all disposable plates and cutlery. 

4. (From September 2019) Meat Free Mondays: According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the livestock sector is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global” The FAO estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while other organisations have estimated it could be as much as 51 per cent. Meat Free Monday is simple, effective and fun way to become more responsible global citizens. It’s about coming together as a school community to help the planet and promote healthy food. This issue cannot be ignored and was suggested by pupils in school when we held our Pupil Forum session on Climate Change. 

The Princess May 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! At the end of each term, pupils have the opportunity to showcase their learning, which is linked to the Global Goals. Pupils talk actively about their learning and the messages they are conveying about the world. 

At Princess May, we continuously seek opportunities to raise money for great causes and charities, such as Oxfam and Children in Need. 

The pupils wrote speeches connected to the Global Goals which were judged on World Speech Day; this initiative not only supports the understanding of the goals but supports the children’s presentation skills. The winners went through to an evening event held at the school to which many of the local community were invited.

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