Monday, 16 October 2017


El passat divendres 22 de setembre un centenar d’estudiants de centres educatius de Barcelona, entre ells, Oak House School es van reunir amb un grup de joves que viatja a bord del Peace Boat, el vaixell d’una ONG japonesa que treballa per promoure la pau, els drets humans, el desenvolupament just i sostenible i el respecte pel medi ambient.

Els alumnes han visitat el vaixell per escoltar en primera persona el testimoni d’aquests joves activistes. Es tracta d’un grup de nois i noies d’entre 19 i 26 anys procedents de Fiji, les Illes Marshal, Maldives, Seychells, Trinitat i Tobago i Belize. El grup forma part del primer “Programade Joves Ambaixadors per als Oceans i el Clima” organitzat per l’ONG japonesa. Tots són líders en les seves comunitats i tenen una àmplia experiència en al lluita contra el canvi climàtic i la degradació dels oceans a nivell local i internacional.

Durant la visita al vaixell, els nostres alumnes de Ciències de la Terra i Biologia de segon de Batxillerat han tingut l’oportunitat d’intercanviar experiències i coneixement amb els ambaixadors.

El Conseller del Departament de Territori i Sotenibilitat de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Josep Rull, i un representant de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona han tancat l’acte.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Environmental news this week..

An article that was published today showed images of large industrial farming and shared the findings of a report that :

The ongoing global appetite for meat is having a devastating impact on the environment driven by the production of crop-based feed for animals 

They found that the impact of the farming behind meat-based diets is responsible for a 60% loss in biodiversity because of the strain on the Earth's resources. 

This made us think about MEATLESS MONDAYS a campaign that was successfully implemented in our school a few years ago. Students do not eat meat farmed in this way in the school dining room on Mondays.. and we encourage everyone to keep their Mondays completely meat free by avoiding meat during the whole day! 

As a reaction to this article it's not a huge sacrifice is it?

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Environmental News this week!

A group or Portuguese children are taking action on CLimate Change after the destructive forest fires that happened earlier this summer. They claim that governments are not acting quickly enough to combat the lethal effects of climate change, and are putting together a case to sue 47 European governments. Right now they are crowdfunding to raise the money to make the case happen!

Read more here

And some sad news for people who care about plastic... Donald Trump has reversed a ban on plastic bottles in a National Park in the USA. The ban had stopped 2 million bottles from being used!

Read more here

Reducing plastic is one of the aims of the Environmental Committee this year at Oak House!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Dia mundial sin coches - Este viernes 22 de Septiembre!

Can we get through Friday without using a car to join in with a world-wide initiative to have "No Car Day"?

Maybe we can do our bit by at least using the car less that day.. or thinking about how we might design our lives better to use less petrol...

Read more about what's happening in Barcelona here, and share your ideas in the comment section!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

What will we achieve this year?

Welcome back for 2017 - 18!

Just last week we heard the sad news that by 2050 it is predicted there will be more plastic in the Oceans than fish. This shocking news, plus the environmental disasters we have seen recently such as hurricanes in Africa and USA and flooding in India and USA, makes us think that here at Oak House we should be doing all we can to be a part of the solution to create a better environment here, to think about the effects of our actions on the wider environment, create a stronger community and continue to take part in campaigns at an international level.

Last year we saw that with a bit of effort we can reduce our energy use, our paper use... can we reduce our use of plastic? We also started the gardening project on the roof and we have the chance to to create more gardens there, and around the school. The school community was encouraged to think about their meat consumption (an industry which causes a lot of pollution... and we all know that eating less meat is healthier!) and there are many potential projects.. we just need you to get involved!!

Please get in touch with Miss Gurney if you would like to take on or suggest a project for this year!

Monday, 19 June 2017

This is Miguel, Daniela, Bruno and Angel. This is the information for the No Waste Day:

We looked at the results for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and saw that on what we wasted on Wednesay was about 200-300 kW less than normally. Here are the numbers:
Monday: 1357kW
Tuesday: 1521kW
Wednesday: 1157kW

This a reduction in electricity use of 20%!!

After this we did an average between the numbers of Monday and Tuesday and used this to do an average on what we use every month in school. Then we did the same with the amount of energy we used on Wednesday. We concluded that on a normal month we waste 8576.9 kW more than in a month where we would have all no waste days. 

A month with all No Waste Days would waste: 35192.083kW
A normal month would waste: 43769.583kW

What next???

Monday, 22 May 2017

We are writing to you to inform about a recent project we have been working on as part of the Environmental Enrichment Group.
 As you might have seen or will see, around the school there are posters about 'No Waste Day', a day when we will all cooperate to consume less electricity in the school, and try not to waste anything at all for the whole day! The project is to find ways of consuming less energy and water in the school to help the environment. We asked the school office for data and saw that our school consumes a lot of electricity. We want to look at the amounts of what we consume and compare it to some days were we're all aware about consuming less.

We've decided that a great way of helping the environment and consuming is by doing this 'No Waste' campaign were we're all fully aware and try to use less amount of electricity. This way we can compare NO WASTE DAY with normal consuming days.

NO WASTE DAY is tomorrow, the 24th May!

Thank you very much for cooperating with us by talking about the day and remembering to consume only what you need!!

Miguel, Angel, Bruno and Daniella

Thursday, 11 May 2017

We are ready to start planting!

The roof garden is all set up and we have the tools! Today it rained for most of the afternoon, but next week we hope to get some plants and seeds in the ground!!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Environmental News this week...

This article is about the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. One quarter of the reef, the world's largest living structure has died in the last two years. The article is in an online newspaper called The Day which is written for young people, very balanced. At the bottom of the page there are questions to make you think, and links to articles with more information about the story:

Elon Musk  (the CEO of Tesla) is being encouraged to stop his support for the Trump administration. A millionaire called Doug Derwin has started a campaign "Elon dump Trump" because Musk whats to prevent climate change but Trumps`s policies include cutting funding for climate change research.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

S'apropa la Science Fair

El próximo lunes 24 de abril los alumnos de Year 7 y Segundo de ESO expondrán los proyectos científicos en los que han estado trabajado este curso.

Invitamos a las familias de Oak House a participar de este evento y aprovechar la visita para hablar con nuestros jóvenes científicos.

La Science Fair tendrá lugar en la planta 0 del edificio de bachillerato, de 10 a 13:30.