By the St. Peter’s Science Department
500 students, 6 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 6 cross-collaboration projects, 3 expert speakers and 1 fundraiser dedicated to genetic diversity. These are some of the events that were organized during St. Peter’s Earth Week that took place between April 19th and April 23rd.
The Middle Year Program (MYP) and International Baccalaureate (IB DP) students took their younger peers under their wing to guide them through various experiments relating to the UN Sustainability Goals such as Life on Land, Life Under Water, Good Health and Well Being, Clean Water and Sanitation, and several more. Students in Foundation and Primary investigated the effects of oil contamination and coral bleaching, created water filters, bird feeders and solar ovens, deduced the importance of tropical rainforest protection by learning about bird beak adaptations, and explored the intricacies of a balanced diet. The older students also had the opportunity to reinforce their own knowledge and skills on the topics as well as act as educators for their younger peers.
Three experts shared their knowledge with our student body about the future of our planet. Luis Planas, Policy Assistant to the Director General for the Environment at European Commission highlighted the four world crises of Biodiversity, Climate, Resources and Pollution. Marcel Morillas, physicist and former St. Peter’s pupil explored with the Year 10 students the role Physics can play in achieving the UN SDGs. Carolyn Daher, Urban Planning Coordinator at IS Global, a global health institute, called the students to start their own initiatives to try and accomplish some of the UN’s SDGs at the school level.
The primary students created a world map using their handprints to show the impact humans have on the planet but also to illustrate the hope our future generations bring to making Earth a better place.
The Y10 students created awareness about the genetic diversity amongst individuals and the organizations that support them in an event called Jeans for Genes. Students were asked to wear jeans and give a small donation to 4 local organizations dedicated to genetic research and improving the quality of life of individuals with chromosomal disorders and genetic diseases. The entire school raised 2,500 euros.
Finally, we would like to add that the SDGs were chosen to fit in with the syllabus that was being worked on at the moment in the different year groups, which means there will be follow-up activities in many cases. Needless to say both teachers, student-educators and students were delighted with the experience, so we would like to thank everyone (the students and staff) that took part in the various Earth Week festivities, and we look forward to future collaborations next year.