We are delighted to be part of the 'Action for a Positive World' Erasmus+ project that runs from 2016-2019.
The lead school in the project is INSTITUTION ST JOSEPH, LE HAVRE, FRANCE and we have had various exchanges with this school since 2003, tens of staff and over a thousand students have been able visit our colleagues across the channel over the last 15 years.
Our partner schools on this project are:
INSTITUT EMILE GRYZON, BUSSELS, BELGIUM
INSTITUT CAMI DE MAR DE CALAFELL, CATALUNYA, SPAIN
ISTITUTO D'ISTRUZIONE SUPERIORE GIOTTO ULIVI, BORGO SAN LORENZO, TUSCANA, ITALY
I.I.S. ROSINA SALVO, TRAPANI, SICILIA, ITALY
KUNGSHOLMENS GYMNASIUM, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Summary of activities from the first year:
The project encompasses a wide range of activities all linked to making the world a more positive place. Dorothy Stringer is leading on food growing in the school grounds. All our Year 7 students have planted potatoes in our new garden area next to the swimming pool. We have purchased wood and soil with the project money and the students in the Groundforce after school club have built the raised beds. They have developed skills using a saw and drill. Team work made sure that the beds have been filled with soil and now the students are learning how to tend to these plants which will be harvested in the summer before we leave in July.
Mr Sandercock then gave a talk to the students at Borgo San Lorenzo, Italy about the project on Mon 15th July.
Students building the raised for potatoes. Planting potatoes. First crop of potatoes growing.
Students have developed a range of new skills such as using tools and working together in groups which have been a benefit to them and to the school.
Positive Action Fair
Community groups from across Brighton and Hove took part in the Dorothy Stringer Open House Festival on Sat 20th May.
Over 600 people visited the Art and Design displays including a range of art made from recycled materials.
The Danahar family sold delicious curry and raised over £105 for MacMillan and also sold Butterfly Posters for Big Nature, Miss Ammour's form sold cakes and books and along with a collection from the drama performance raised over £130 for Mind and The Martlets, Ghana cafe and Beads raised £108 for our link school in Tortibo Village, Thanks to Javier and Lisa along with Miss Lamal and Miss Ackerman. The Tombola and Coconut Shy run by Eco Club students raised £50 towards environmental projects in the school grounds.
The public were encouraged to wander through the school nature reserve to read the poetry hanging from the trees and the Stringer Alumni group also presented a great display into the history of the last 60 years of our school.
We are also delighted that the following Positive Action groups supported our event: Brighton&Hove Speak Out, Global Studies School – Sussex University, Sussex Night Stop, Raleigh International, Brighton and Hove Sparrow Watch, FHBW, Fareshare, Emerson Crafts and Love That Stuff.
Poetry in the Woods. Dress made and adorned with recycled materials. Positive Action Stalls at Festival.
The year we started a new after school club where students can volunteer to help manage the school nature reserve. So far they have coppiced hedges, cleared the pond, planted trees and made woven hedges out of coppiced hazel trees to name a few things.
Building woven hedges. Removal of lilies from the pond. coppicing in the school woodland.
Students have developed a range of new skills which have been a benefit to them and to the school grounds.