A day to make a difference

On the 2nd of June Hersby Gymnasium held a theme day in Lidingö stad City hall on the topic of “how can you make a difference for the environment”.

The project was formed in a close collaboration with Catarina Kvarnmalm and Åsa Enström Garnström, who both work for the municipality. The objective was to work with the municipals environmental program, and we focused on their goals “to inform and educate the citizens on sustainability” and “the better use of our resources”.

The students then worked in project groups for weeks in advance to prepare different ways to show for the politicians how they have made a difference. The students groups chose their own project, and some the topics were; reducing food waste, creating cookbooks for leftovers or environmental friendly food, creating a completion for green innovations between students on Lidingö, educating lower grade students on the impotence to recycle, collecting cloths for donation and reuse, using social media like facebook/instagram to inform and spread green ideas.

On the 2nd of June students presented their results in city hall for the local politicians and local press. The goal was to spread ideas and to show the how young people really can make a difference. The students were proud of their work and impressed the politicians. A very successful project that will be repeated next year!

Environment day in Paide

Paide Gymnasium marked the International Environment Day, “A day to make a difference” and the end of the school year with different out-door activities, involving the whole school, both teachers and pupils. There were outdoor learning activities for different classes, science knowledge competition between classes, practical activities in nature to learn more about local environment, hikes and study-tours for different classes.

The primary and basic school pupils had integrated science lessons and they performed activities in the outskirts of the school and in the northern part of Järva County, called Valgehobusemägi (White Horse Hill), a hilly area that has fine sports facilities for around-the-year spots activities.

The pupils of the gymnasium grades had an orienteering game in the town, familiarising with the limestone buildings and limestone sculptures in the hometown, out-door practical learning activities, which integrated chemistry and biology, near the manmade lake Paide and the Pärnu River.  The pupils of the economic line went on a study-tour in an international enterprise WENDRE in Pärnu, to familiarise with the production process, issues of efficiency of labour, export geography, responsible and environmentally friendly management and enjoyed themselves in an adventure park.

The pupils of the 10th grades had an orienteering day in our hometown Paide, using the town map and GPS. Their task was to find limestone buildings and limestone sculptures, assess their condition and determine the field of use. They marked the objects on the town map and made a group selfie against the object. They studied the limestone buildings and limestone sculptures in the hometown. They also assessed the impact of pollution of air on town environment and buildings. The goal was to study the home place and to bring into the consciousness the importance of limestone as a local building material and natural resources.

The nature line pupils of the 11th grades performed outdoor water observations near the manmade lake Paide and the Pärnu River. They assessed the condition of the lake and the river, the purity of the water, studied the vegetation and insects. The day ended with a fine picnic.

Pupils of the economic line familiarised with one of the largest sewing factory in Estonia WENDRE in Pärnu, with the production process and the products. The number of workers is over 400, and there are production units in Poland, Sweden, Finland and Latvia. The products – blankets and cushions- are export articles to many countries. The company invests a lot in the environmental protection. The whole production process is energy saving and almost without waste. Over 95% of the staple (raw material) and the waste product is recycled in the same factory.

After the study tour in the factory, it was possible to test one’s own skills in Valgeranna Adventure Park, climbing on the ropes and wooden climbing frames.