Students from northern and southern hemispheres come together at Tonbridge Grammar School to tackle climate change.

Tonbridge Grammar School (TGS) flew the French flag on 7th November to welcome students from Collège Georges Baudoux in New Caledonia, for a conference on climate change.

The students have been in regular contact over the last 4 months via the EdModo platform, that allows students to collaborate on big issues that shape our world and were delighted to finally meet in person. 

The conference provided a forum to compare and contrast how climate change is affecting their day to day lives in both the northern and southern hemispheres.  

Dr Kevin Austin Deputy Executive Director at C40, a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change, shared ways that 96 of the world’s greatest cities are taking bold climate action and hosted interactive workshops.

The most important outcome for Students was a series of actions that they will carry out, that will truly make a difference to the international community both now and in the future, on a personal level as well as in their school communities. They produced leaflets to encourage and influence their families and school governors, making a positive difference in their communities.

Mrs Nathalie Lawrence, conference organiser and Subject Leader for MFL at TGS, comments “As an IB World School TGS is committed to ‘real world learning’.  This project is just one of many that offers students the opportunity to develop their international mindedness and make a difference in the wider world community, whilst using their language skills.  The students thoroughly enjoyed the day”.

During the afternoon, TGS students were treated to a display of traditional singing and dancing, and the visiting students enjoyed the chance to experience an English school day and a full roast dinner!