Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Agenda 21 and Green Schools

Uphall Primary and Aldersbrook Primary School connected over video conference to share ideas for green initiatives at their schools. The eco friendly pupils spoke about recycling paper, school grounds and their outdoor gardening areas. They also learnt about Barkingside 21 their local environmental group:

About Barkingside 21
We started life in the spring of 1997 as a pilot project run by Redbridge Strategic Services. This was part of a government funded programme that arose from the environment summit in 1992, which took place in Rio de Janeiro. The big idea was that we need a bottom up approach to the environment and community resilience where local communities are enabled to decide and act for themselves instead of the usual prescriptive top down approach. The Agenda 21 is the Agenda for sustainable living in the 21st century.

The council engaged with residents over a two-year period via workshops and meetings to produce a Community Action Plan on what they felt should be done and this was published in 1999.

At this point we were set free and became an independent body with an elected committee and constitution, receiving a modest start up grant from the Bridge Foundation.

This coincided with the proposal for a Racetrack on Fairlop Waters and this one issue dominated the group for a couple of years, so much so, that we almost lost sight of our original purpose. Once that issue died down, and was eventually resolved, we gradually branched out into more varied community activities and campaigns.

Live Surgery of the Funny Bone Nerve

Science students at Woodford County Girls School connected into a live Surgery of the funny bone at the Pan Am Clinic, Winnipeg, Canada. The patient’s surgery was on the “funny bone” nerve found in the elbow. 

The surgeons from Pan Am Clinic explained how the “funny bone” works, what the surgery is, and of course the completion of the surgery itself.This event was interactive, which meant students from around the world could ask questions directly to surgeons and get feedback in real time!
Here is what the students at WCHS thought of the video conference to.

It was a great experience watching a procedure, especially when given a great explanation by the surgeon himself…Year 12 student

Watching the surgery really enhanced my understanding … an engaging conference…Year 13 student

It’s actual surgery … really FUN.
Year 12 student
The goal of this project was simply to make high tech procedures such as surgeries more accessible to students. A project like this allowed students to understand what exactly goes on behind the scenes during a surgery, something that is nearly impossible to replicate in a typical classroom setting. This will be the fifth live surgery which has stemmed from partnerships with Sisler High School, Pan Am Clinic, Manitoba Health, Telehealth, and Frontier School Division. 

Redbridge Safer Internet Day 2018

On March 14th, Gearies Primary, Fullwood Primary, Highlands Primary, Churchfields Junior ,Manford Primary, Mayespark Primary, Glade Primary, Redbridge Primary, Fairlop Primary, Barley Lane Primary, Woodford County High School connected live over video conference with their local Metropolitan Police Officers. Over 300 pupils participated in total to speak to PCSO Alan Winston, PC Kimberly Gakhal and their colleagues.

Mr R Drew , Head Teacher, Gearies Primary School, quotes:

The opportunity for schools to link with supporting professionals like the metropolitan police through video conference is invaluable. The interactivity is very good and the experience is a good substitute for a personal visit, something that is obviously much more challenging to achieve. Video conference offers schools a great experience for children and offers quality support on difficult topics like online safety.

PC Kim Gakhal quoted : 

Video conferencing is a very good use of police time. To connect with 10 + schools at the same time in one afternoon is amazing. It would take me over 1 week to get around to that many schools. It is also a good use of modern day technology.

Quote from Ishaq, age 11 years, Gearies Primary School:

I think meeting the police and hearing the other schools present was a really good idea to build up our confidence online. There are too many people out there receiving No Caller ID callers, pop-up adds or ads that state tempting things and not reporting this or informing someone.

The schools and PC officers all made pledges and shared their "jigsaw poster" describing a positive action they plan to take to stay safe online.