Western Quest go back to School!

27th September 2012 by

After a short cycle ride from Radstock to Frome along a beautiful abandoned railway, we arrived at Vallis Veg Farm.  Here we were greeted by our wonderful host, Cordillia and our Sustainable Frome guru, Alex.  We settled in quickly and in the evening we were treated to a bath under the stars, heated by an open fire.

Frome was where we were to give our first school performances and workshops.  We were kept fully occupied here visiting both the local secondary school and Oakfields Primary school.  In Frome Community College we were put to work helping a group of year eleven boys (known as the G Force!) with ideas on how to make their school more environmentally friendly and how to get more pupils aware of environmental issues.  We gave them various suggestions such as an ethical fashion show, putting up signs around the school for energy awareness and trying to promote cycling to school amongst the pupils and the teachers.  After our meeting with G Force we had a session with a year nine English class.

We ran three workshops on Media, Food and Ethical Fashion. The class was very receptive, they seemed to really learn a lot and fully enjoy the session.  Afterwards, one child remarked ‘‘You shouldn’t buy something just because an advert tells you to’‘ and another ‘I want to buy more Fairtrade things’. The following afternoon we had another booking at the local primary school.  Here we performed the play to the year six assembly, and explored some of the issues raised with the Food and Fairtrade scene with workshops.  This was our first real session of performing the play and delivering the workshops to a large number of children and it was inspiring to see how much they learnt.

During our stay here, we also had an evening with Sustainable Frome at one of their monthly meetings.  After a delicious shared meal with around 80 Frome residents we performed the play and then listened to a talk from guest speaker Mary Colwell who was speaking on religion and the environment.

We really enjoyed our time in the very pro active Frome – it’s encouraging to hear so much going on all over the UK and the world – have a look at the Transition Network to see what’s on near you.  We meet some very inspirational people and it was great to have such a warm reaction from our first schools.

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