Community partners and useful websites
Hounsdown has been working with the Eco-Schools national programme for nearly four years and are about to apply for their third renewal of the Green Flag Award.
Every year, students from Hounsdown School attend "Our Forest, Our Future," a conference run by New Forest National Park where pupils learn about the forest and are given the chance to put forward their ideas to create a more sustainable future. The Eco-School representative students from Hounsdown also regularly take field trips to the forest to learn about biodiversity.
Hounsdown pupils across the school participate in the national recycling week and throughout the year also participate in many projects.
This year, Hounsdown pupils have participated in the Free Your Feet campaign run by Living Streets in order to promote children walking to school and doing more exercise. This involved counting steps across a school day using a pedometer.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is the largest conservation charity in Dorset with over 25,000 members. They are committed to ensuring that there is a secure future for Dorset’s nature - its distinctive wildlife and natural spaces. They use a sound evidence base, influence and wide practical experience of land management and marine conservation to inspire, inform and engage people in Dorset.
Hounsdown School's partner, the Pod, is an organization who aim to educate about energy and creating a sustainable future for our planet. In order to promote awareness, they run many events for all ages that show the public ideas that may hold the answers to increasingly dangerous problems.
Wells For India is a charity that works for no profit in order to provide people in rural India with clean, sustainable water. We at Hounsdown regularly work with them to fundraise and they raise awareness among students by running activities on citizenship days. This involves presenting the children with the issues of conservation of water and helping them to develop ideas in this manner.
Kool Schools Uniform provide fairtrade Hounsdown uniform using cotton from a source that does not involve harsh living or working conditions and pays fairly to everyone involved. They also come in on citizenship days to work with students on fairtrade issues.
Laverstoke park Farm is a Biodynamic farm near Overton (Basingstoke) that students from Hounsdown regularly visit to learn about sustainable farming methods and debate the ethical topics involved.
Sunrise Bushcraft is an outdoor academy that teaches people of all ages how to survive in the wild. The Ecoschool representatives from Hounsdown have visited many times to learn valuable skills such as fire starting and shelter building as well as how to live off of the land.
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