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Dear Principal Ainsworth,
I write to you today to draw your attention to improvements I think would make Callington Community College a more environmentally friendly school and staff and pupils more environmentally aware and responsible.
I was pleased to read in issue 34 of ‘The Voice’ Callington Community College is now part of the green charter for schools initiative and are committed to promoting environmental awareness. I have also been encouraged by initiatives like Oceans Day, but I am concerned these measures do not go far enough.
As I’m sure you are aware, our planet is facing a climate emergency. 67,000 acres of rainforest is destroyed every day ¹. Over 8 million metric tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean annually ². Of those, more than 236,000 tons are microplastics ³. It is thought 10,000 species go extinct each year ⁴ with thousands more listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature ⁵ as threatened with extinction or critically endangered. I feel the school currently contributes enormously to the ever growing environmental problems and have identified key areas I feel we should be taking more direct action.
1. Excessive Plastic Consumption. Almost all the plastic used in the school is single use with little effort being made to reduce the use of items such as plastic cutlery in the canteen, drinks bottles in vending machines and pens. Did you know Plastics kills approximately 100,000 sea creatures and 1 million sea birds each year? ⁶
2. Recycling. There were not enough recycling bins around the property up until recently. I’ve noticed that now the awareness of plastic and recycling has been raised you have now added a few bins, but there is no signs. Did you know many items such as crisp packets, sweet and biscuit wrappers can be recycled through Terracycle allowing charities such as Kicks Count ⁷ who operate local collections to financially benefit from packaging which is not currently recycled through kerbside collections? I think it would be great if our school rubbish could raise funds for charity.
3. Excessive energy consumption. I have noticed lights, computer monitors and whiteboards being left on in empty class rooms. The school could also save money of utility bills as well as reducing carbon footprint just by turning electrical goods off when not in use.
4. General recycling. I am worried the school is not doing enough to recycle common materials such as paper and card. Some classrooms have no provisions to recycle these products and I am concerned they are being unnecessarily disposed of in general waste.
We are taught if we try, we can achieve anything. We can all do something to help our planet and our school could be leading the way in encouraging staff and pupils to make “refuse, reduce, re-use, recycle, repair, re-gift, recover and re-cycle” commonplace.
I would like to suggest the school forms a student environment committee (which I would like to be part of) to share and implement ideas to make our school more environmentally friendly. We could even start by designing posters and leaflets to make sure everyone uses the recycling bins!
I hope you will consider my points and then we can all start to make a difference.
 Rainforest alliance (2019) https://bit.ly/2klcmH9
 Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into the Ocean (2015) https://bit.ly/33BqXjN
 A global inventory of small floating plastic debris (2015) https://bit.ly/2kEIE0c
 World Wildlife Fund (2019) https://bit.ly/2IXm8ty
 IUCN https://bit.ly/2TRpCkn
 Ocean Crusaders (2019) https://bit.ly/1LSU9CX
 Kicks Count https://www.kickscount.org.uk/
– Sept 2nd CIRCUS FUNTASTIC in aid of Macmillan, Saltash Rd Recreation Field, Callington. Seats £6, Kids under 2 free. Book on 07447 986900 Show times: Wed 29th 7pm, Thursday & Friday 4pm & 7pm (Thursday Special Family Ticket 20). Sat 2pm & 5pm Sunday 1pm & 3:30pm
Saturday 8th Sept CALLINGTON CARNIVAL – procession starts from Saltash Road car park, 4:30pm
Saturday 15th Sept HARVEST SUPPER, 7:30pm start at The Parish Hall Committee HARVEST SUPPER. Tickets are on sale now, please phone Liz 383202 to reserve your seats. If you are unable to attend and wish to support with a raffle prize or item for the Auction or a donation, please drop off at Green Meadows or phone Ali 384544 for collection. Thank you.
Wednesday 19th Sept SHARE AGM, 7:30pm at the Parish Hall Golberdon. South Hill Association for Renewable Energy 3rd AGM. Members and potential new members all welcome to hear about another busy and successful year for the group. Exciting news from M&S Energy, upcoming visits and discuss future projects. Light refreshments available so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend, alternatively send your apologies and any ideas, thoughts or items for discussion.
Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th Sept – walking THE SAINTS WAY from Padstow to Fowey (28 miles ish). If you would like to join us for the whole walk or a part, let Ali know ASAP Thank You email@example.com https://www.oliverscornwall.co.uk/saintsway.html
Friday 28th Sept MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING, from 10:30am until 1pm. Lucy Penney is holding a coffee morning at Polhilsa Farm, PL17 8PP (kind permission of the Barriball family) Coffee, cake, games and raffle… Even have a walk around the ponds! All welcome, bring your friends. For any more info please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Horticultural Show write up and pictures are on the Connection web site here.
Planning – On August 24th the South Hill Parish Council met to discuss the recent planning application at “The Bee Farm” Trevigro. About 20 parishioners also attended to voice their views. The full details can be read on the Cornwall Council Planning Portal here…
South Hill Parish History group. Thank you to Magda for stepping forward to get the group started. If you are interested email ….. PLUS what would YOU like to discover more about? Reply to this email with your suggestions. Or if you have photos or information to share email email@example.com
If you know of an event you’d like to share or have an article for the next newsletter due Oct 1st, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
The hot weather is also a great excuse to eat more ice cream to stay cool!
Do you prefer a cone or tub, single or double scoop, sauce or no sauce? Whichever way you choose to eat your cool treat this summer, be sure to back British farming. Supporting the industry has never been more important, so what better way than to treat yourself than with a scoop of British dairy ice cream on a warm summer’s day!
Here are some local producers, many encourage site visits, so why not go explore them.
The summer holidays provide the perfect time to get out and about in your local area. You and your friends and family will be amazed by what you can find just a few steps from home. The British countryside is a working landscape of grazing livestock, growing crops and fruiting trees – it is where our food is produced. Filled with expansive green spaces, extensive woodland, water streams and rolling hills, the great outdoors is a giant adventure playground waiting to be explored.
To be in with a chance of winning £100 from Joules, download your free ‘Countryside Safari’ activity sheet and find out more about how British farmers protect wildlife and habitats on their farms, care for their animals and produce the food on our plates. Don’t forget to stay safe though, and follow the countryside code. > Activity sheet here https://www.countrysideonline.co.uk/assets/108870
Palm Sunday, 25th March, St Sampson’s Church, South Hill, are planning an informal service, with a real donkey, A good natured miniature chap called Corduroy, who is a local resident. it will take place at Golberdon parish Hall at 10am We will have a short walk of witness and singing, led by the donkey, starting from outside Green Meadow, (on the road towards South Hill) to the hall, join us there or along the route, or at the hall, bring a branch to wave. This will be followed by a short friendly service, biscuit making for all ages, tea coffee and hot cross buns.
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St. Nicholas’ day is on the 6th December, but in The Netherlands and Poland, the major celebrations are held on the 5th December. Sinterklaas or Santa Claus visits and in Poland, Mikolaj, the Polish Santa, visits children and brings small gifts to reward them for good behaviour, or to remind them not to be naughty he’ll leave a twig, maybe with a present. Advent is the start of Christmas in Poland, when people try to be peaceful and reflect and try not to have excess of anything, some giving up their favorite foods or drinks. Children take part in “Jasełka” (Nativity Plays). The smell of tangerines in schools or workplaces is widely thought to mean that Christmas time is about to start!
Christmas Eve known as Wigilia (pronounced vee-GHEE-lee-uh) is a very important and busy day, even though it’s not a holiday. The house is cleaned and the Christmas tree decorated. The main Christmas meal is eaten in the evening and is called “Kolacja wigilijna” (Christmas Eve supper). It’s traditional that no food is eaten until the first star is seen in the sky!
On the table there are 12 dishes, meant to give you good luck for the next 12 months. The meal is traditionally meat free. For catholics the 12 dishes symbolize Jesus’ 12 disciples. Some people in central Poland say that at midnight the animals can talk.
One of the most important dishes is “barszcz” (beetroot soup) eaten with “uszka” (little dumplings with mushrooms) or “krokiety” (pancakes with mushrooms or/and cabbage, in breadcrumbs).
Carp is the main dish of the meal. The fish itself is traditionally bought a few days earlier alive. The carp’s scales are said to bring luck and fortune and kept.
“Bigos” is a dish which can be eaten either hot or cold. It’s made of cabbage, bacon, sometimes dried plums – so it is saved for Christmas day or the 26th as it has meat in it. It is made about a week or so before Christmas Eve, because with each day it gets better.
Herrings are very popular and served in several ways. In most houses there is “kompot z suszu” a drink made by boiling dried fruits and fresh apples.
Presents aren’t to be opened until after the meal and after carols are sung, sometimes prolonged to tease the children. Christmas Eve finishes by going to Church for a Midnight Mass service.
In Polish Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Wesołych Świąt’.
Polish Children often get dressed up and go carol singing on Epiphany, January 6th.
In the Netherlands it all starts on the second Saturday of November when Sinterklaas and his servants (elves) called ‘Zwarte Pieten’ (‘Black Peters’) travel to a city or town. Dutch tradition says that St. Nicholas lives in Madrid, Spain and every year he chooses a different harbour to arrive in Holland, so as many children as possible get a chance to see him.
Church bells ring in celebration, Sinterklaas, dressed in red robes, leads a procession through the town, riding a white horse. Every town in The Netherlands has a few Sinterklaas helpers, dressed the same as Sinterklaas who help give out the presents.
Children are told that the Zwarte Pieten keep a record of all the things they have done in the past year in a big book. Good children will get presents from Sinterklaas, but bad children will be put in a sack and the Zwarte Pieten take them to Spain for a year to teach them how to behave! Continue reading