College goes green

Alton College’s ‘Green Week’ saw students and staff doing their bit for the community and the environment last week. With a litter picking theme on Tuesday, students borrowed high visibility jackets and litter pickers from East Hants District Council and collected litter on the roads and pavements around the College, filling several bags. This volunteering activity was designed to urge students to consider their environment and keep the College and town tidy.

Other activities during the week included a student-led talk on environmental issues, which were brought to their attention following a College trip to Cuba this summer, a Fair Trade food day in the canteen where students were encouraged to try vegetarian and Fair Trade meals, and a ‘Green Day’, on which the Students’ Union raised money for the Greening Alton and Holybourne Campaign. Members of the campaign also filmed a podcast to explain their work to students and this was shown during Personal Learning and Development lessons.

Students and staff wore green on Wednesday and rock band Green Day’s Greatest Hits music was played on each of the College buses.

Students on the Entry and Towards Independence programmes also took part in Green Week by making mobile phone covers from recycled material.