We will be the best communityAs the line from our Herne Hill School song suggests, we are committed to help create the best community – within our school, locally and within the wider world.
An important aspect of our ethos is to make the children aware of their environment and place in the world. This includes raising their ecological awareness, appreciating nature and supporting those who are less fortunate.
We aim to ensure that our children and parents are involved in building a vibrant school community which contributes to our local community and to the wider global community, for example by highlighting the importance of caring for the environment and through our charitable link with Khanya Primary School in South Africa.
We are well aware that preventing climate change and protecting the environment is an enormous challenge our children will be facing throughout their lives. We are keen to raise their awareness and get them to appreciate the beauty and benefits of nature and of ecosystems.
We also like to do all we can to reduce the school’s carbon footprint and involve the children in these endeavours as much as possible. For example, while refurbishing the new Kindergarten building, we introduced efficient underfloor heating throughout, upgraded all the windows to ensure maximum insulation, installed a large underground tank in the garden to collect rainwater from the roofs of the mansion and the Bach (see photo), and more.
In our endeavours, our Year 2 eco warriors help keep a watchful eye on maintaining our environment, such as our recycling efforts in all the classrooms, and make suggestions for further improvements. Of course, we are also helped massively by our garden at 99 Herne Hill and the vast woodland area at 127 Herne Hill, which enable us to teach the children about the entire food chain cycle from growing, harvesting, cooking, consuming, recycling and repurposing food. Besides garden composting at 99 Herne Hill, we have a large food waste hot composter at 127 Herne Hill to turn our food waste, which our caterers work hard to minimise in the first place, into good quality compost for use in our community’s gardens.