All tired but pleased to have had a great day of sunshine. The Alps are spectacular, half covered in snow but with warm sunshine and clear blue skies overhead, this was the day we were all hoping for.
The children are about to spend two hours preparing their final presentation about their group carbon enquiries and reviewing their three pledges. These are about individual well-being, team well-being and environmental well-being.
The scale of the Alps was awe inspiring for us all and a walk through an ice cave gave real depth of insight into the colossal volume of ice that has disappeared in the last 100 years.
We began our last full day in Chamonix 2517m above sea level at the mountain refuge. This incredible scene provided a wonderful background to our discussions finding the links between our individual well being and our team well being.
This led beautifully into our next activity and next journey…our final stretch. We negotiated the snow hills leading up to the cable car and boarded to head up to the top, the Aigulle du Midi. Upon arrival we were 3842m above sea level and about to touch the glacier that runs through the Mont Blanc Massif. The ice and snow linked together in a cave that opened up to a dazzling view of France and Italy and really brought all our experiences so far together.
Jamie pledged to make sure all the electronics in his house were never left on standby while two members of the food team pledged to start picking up litter at ECS.
We headed back down the mountain on a thoroughly enjoyable cable car ride and received words of praise from the cable car operators for all the children’s sensible and positive attitudes! Words that we the teachers can echo wholeheartedly!
We paused on our walk home to enjoy some of the luxurious frozen goods Chamonix has to offer before finally returning to the hotel. There we worked in our carbon groups (while Mr Langley finished his second lollipop) writing a 5 minute presentation about what we have learned and what recommendations we have to make for ECS and our local communities. Suffice to say that ECS is going to be forever changed!
Tomorrow we head back to (supposedly sunny!) England. I guarantee the class that returns will have a lot of new, fresh ideas for how to improve the world they live in and a new perspective on life!