School puts climate change on the timetable

King Edward VI School student Peter Booth and children from Dr Thomlinson and Chantry Middle Schools during a flood rescue equipment workshop by the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.
King Edward VI School student Peter Booth and children from Dr Thomlinson and Chantry Middle Schools during a flood rescue equipment workshop by the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.
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MORPETH’S high school hosted some engaging and interactive workshops for middle school pupils about flooding and climate change.

As part of the Climate Change Schools Project’s Adaptation Challenge, Year 5 children from Chantry Middle School and Technology College and Dr Thomlinson Middle School, Rothbury, took part in various activities accompanied by King Edward VI School (KEVI) students.

Members of a Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service swift water rescue team talked about what they do and pupils were given the opportunity to try on life vests and jackets, climb inside a boat and look at a range of rescue equipment.

Daniel Glass, in Year 11 at KEVI, led a workshop in the Helen Boon Memorial Garden, which involved planting vegetables and designing miniature flood resilient gardens.

Geography Student Subject Leaders Rachel Johnson and Ben Carvin, as well as Student Voice Ambassador Kate Charlton, worked with students to design flood disaster kits using modelling clay.

Pupils also enjoyed a session with willow-weaver Ruth Thompson and created a range of sculptures on one of the school’s lawns.

Head of School at Chantry Steven Johnson said: “Our students really enjoyed the day and engaging with the various agencies that were present.

“They have been writing letters in Citizenship about the 2008 floods in Morpeth and learning about the Japan earthquake in Geography so the workshops made them really think about the climatic changes that are affecting the world today and what they can do to help us all deal with these devastating events.”

Dr Krista McKinzey and Harriet Thew from the Climate Change Schools Project and Sarah McCrea from the Environment Agency were also present at the event.

Student Voice, Leadership & Enrichment Co-ordinator at KEVI Victoria Najafi said: “We are thoroughly enjoying our second year participating in the Climate Change Schools Project, especially the Adaptation Challenge which ensures that we are given the opportunity to work closely with a range of schools in Morpeth and Northumberland and share good practice.

“It was a pleasure to host pupils from Chantry and Dr Thomlinson and to have shared and celebrated National Climate Change Week together.

“Many thanks to Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, Ruth Thompson and the excellent students who led workshops and participated.”