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Breathe Conference

A whole-school, off-timetable day, which aims to build awareness, understanding and appreciation for
our environment at a school and local level.

A wide range of activities, workshops, talks and trips will be available throughout the day.

Students pre-select what they wish to participate in, giving them ownership over their learning.


Sample Sessions include:
 Study in Purple (school magazine) special edition
 MUN Conference (workshop/preparation in the morning, debate in afternoon)
 Range of specialist talks, including fashion + make-up experts on sustainable design and
cosmetics
 Visit to a recycling plant
 Litter pick run
 Tree planting on Putney Heath
 Walking poetry to enhance wellbeing through the environment
 Workshop on ‘how to run a successful campaign’
 Science experiments to develop our own sustainable products
 Art sessions to design logo for recyclable coffee cup

Aims

The Breathe Conference is designed to build awareness, understanding and appreciation for our environment at school and beyond. The day will focus on developing cultural understanding and empathy towards the issues facing our local environment, country and planet through climate change and wider environmental concerns. Students, staff and guest experts will be brainstorming the challenges of climate change and sustainability to develop greater understanding, empathy and pro-active solutions that could really make a difference.

Background

This is the second whole-school conference Putney High School has run (the innugral was in 2017). We wanted the second to have a greater focus and more attention to be given to being pro-active in the community.

HSBC provided funding or the conference, as well as donated money to gift a tree to each local school that attended.

Resources

All school facilities were used, as well as off-site visits to:

- East Sheen common (volunteering work)

- Lush headquarters in Kingston

- Barnes Wetland Centre

- Putney Heath + River Walk (litter picking)

Financial contribution was made by HSBC and was part of a budget requested within Putney last year.

It lasted 1 day

Impact

The Breathe Conference is integral to our ethos, bringing together our core commitments and
values, including wellbeing, environment, learning beyond the classroom and giving girls a voice.
We will provide our students and visiting students not only with a greater awareness of the issues
facing our environment but more importantly with a feeling of empowerment and motivation to
continue to act beyond the conference and into the future.

We now have over 50 people attending our weekly Eco Club, we are managing and reducing our waste in our canteen, plastic is being reduced (e.g.: fruit pots, and/or only using recyclable and compostible plastics), more people are cycling to work, we have achieved gold status on the 'Travel Plan' and are working towards other awards to demonsate our commitment to helping the environment.

Pupil Involvement

Pupils varied in age from 9-18 years old

710 Putney High School students + 35 external students from local schools.

Mix of male and female

Frequency

Single event.

One day.