The whole school has enjoyed a range of engaging activities and events based on finding out more about sustainability to celebrate Earth Day.
Our Senior School students were proud to announce their partnership with Green Initiatives, an environmentally-oriented NGO based in Shanghai, to support their RE:FORM project. The RE:FORM project collects unwanted textiles, stocks them for further sorting to be either up-cycled, down-cycled, or donated to charities. A collection box has already been set up in the Senior School foyer area. All students, staff and everyone in the DCSZ community are invited to pack up any unwanted clothing, bedding, socks and footwear at home and put them into the collection box, to reduce our environmental footprint and drive change towards conscious fashion.
The launch ceremony for the RE:FORM project took place at the start of the Earth Day opening ceremony, with a keynote presentation made by representatives from Green Initiatives, who also hosted workshops on food safety and recycling for our Key Stage 3 students. Our students demonstrated their keen interest in the projects of Green Initiatives through their active participation in the keynote presentation and the workshops. Our SS Eco Council students also had the opportunity to meet with the Green Initiatives representatives at lunch to learn more about the works of Green Initiatives and introduce them to our own ongoing projects. They received valuable suggestions on how to best use social media platforms to promote their ongoing sustainability projects and campaigns. They were immensely inspired by Green Initiatives and now plan to organise a clothes-swap event soon this term.
Other activities during Earth Day included a debate, planting, tie-dying, arts and crafts, Green Oscars (student environmental film making) urban design and making an eco house. Chartwells also very kindly provided support in organising cooking workshops for the students using vegetarian and environmentally-friendly recipes. More excitingly, all the recipes and dishes tested and loved by the students were served at lunch for the whole Senior School.
Another new project just launched is the recycled fashion design competition, REVIVAL Wearable Arts Fashion Awards. There are now more than 20 students from across different year groups participating as designers to create a full line of garments using recycled and repurposed materials. CCA time on Wednesday afternoons are now dedicated for the students to work on their creations, and last week the students participated in a professional design workshop through Skype supported by professors from SCAD university at Hong Kong.