Horbury Bridge CE

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Global Goals: 'Young Leaders'

Young Leaders and Global Goals

Our Year 6 children have been introduced to the work of the United Nations and their aims for a more sustainable world. Seven children put themselves forward to meet weekly to use these goals to make our school community a better place - and so our Young Leaders group was born.


What are the Global Goals ?

In order to raise awareness of the Global Goals and their proposed work within the school , the Young Leaders led a whole school assembly showing a video featuring activist and Nobel Peace prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. They explained some of the 17 goals and how they affect our community. Quizzing their audience about what they thought should be done to make improvements to help our world, they were able to gain ideas of future work. 

Global Goals Conference

Our Young Leaders and Eco Rangers, planned, organised and led a Global Goals conference for other local primary schools to attend. They wanted to spread the word to others about how they can help the environment and create a more sustainable lifestyle. Local MP, Mary Creagh, opened the conference which was also attended by local Councillor, Darren Byford. 

See a full report on the Leeds Anglican Diocesan Website: Global Goals Conference

Global Goals Conference 







Sustainability Conference

Our Eco Rangers attended a primary schools' Sustainability Conference to explore issues of energy use, pollution, waste and how each one of us can help to 'Change the World'.


Our EcoCode

Having worked on many environmental issues throughout the school year particularly waste, global issues and marine a sub group of the eco teams developed an ecocode based on the 6R's - recycle, reuse, repair, rethink, refuse and reduce. This code is displayed all around the school as a reminder.

Sport Team Names Chosen Democratically

Global Goals:

  • 3 Good Health (encouraging sport)
  • 10 Reduce Inequalities
  • 16 Peace and Justice (through democracy) 

Our school sports teams are named after famous sporting people to help children be inspired to try their best in sport. When the Young Leaders felt that these needed refreshing, they chose six current, inspirational sports people and publicised these on a noticeboard. Recognising the importance of fairness, they gave each child an opportunity to vote for their favourites. 

Our teams are now named after Lewis Hamilton, Jonnie Peacock and Harry Kane

Schools Fairtrade Conference 

 As a FairAchiever school we attend the Leeds Development Education Centres annual conference at Leeds Civic Hall each year. This year the Young Leaders attended and as well as hearing from local politicians also heard how the Co-op source ethical goods for sale. 

They took part in a number of workshops that added to their knowledge of fair marketing and also gave them some ideas how to hold their own Global Goals conference. 

Fishy Fun 

One of the topics the Eco group chose to work on was Marine (Global Goal 14: Life below water). They organised a number of activities through the year to highlight the problem of litter in rivers and seas showing how it impacted on marine life. 

They  led an assembly telling our children the full extent of litter damage especially from single use plastics. During this assembly they introduce a "Sea in the Box" competition asking children to create a underwater scene using rubbish. There were some amazing entries which are displayed in our hall.            

Another event the children organised was a Fishy Fun lunchtime. They created a fish board game and other games and helped children make a jellyfish out of old plastic bags. 

As a result of the group raising awareness about good fishing methods we know only use fish bearing the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) logo in our school dinners. 

Reducing Waste

Another topic that the Eco group chose to work on was WASTE (Global Goal 12 Responsible Consumption) They held a Relove sale to encourage re-using items rather than simply throwing things they had finished with into the bin. Families were asked to donate any toys, books or children's clothing that they had finished with. These items were then sold on and the income put towards the groups work. 

The Young Leaders have also run a second hand uniform shop each half term. This caught the notice of our local MP, Mrs Mary Creagh and the local paper. https://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/news/school-uniform-recycling

Harvest Collection

Global Goal: 2 No Hunger

Young Leaders got involved to help our Harvest Collection for Kinsley Foodbank. Each day they put out a noticeboard to remind families to donate and helped arrange displays in the church and school hall so they could be seen during our Harvest Services Encouraging Exercise

When Imogen and Dylan said they were fed up at lunchtime, they were asked what would they like to do. They developed the idea of leading activities for other children to be involved in. This became known as "MOVE IT MONDAYS" with different Young Leaders taking responsibility each week. So far they have set up obstacle courses, target games and races. 

Global Goal: 3 Good Health (encouraging exercise)

Recycling Lunchtime 

Global Goal:  12 Responsible consumption and production

Young Leaders held a lunchtime of recycling and upcycling activities:

  • "Race Against Time" -  a timed challenge to sort out different materials (plastic, cans, and paper)
  • "Ditch the Plastic" - a target game using plastic bottles. 
  • Making balls from plastic bags
  • Making tealight holders from empty jam jars

Appointing an Eco Group

Many of the Global Goals address climate change so the Young Leaders are also working towards Eco School Awards. 

They advertised job vacancies for Class Eco-Rangers of all ages and spent lunchtimes interviewing those interested in taking on the responsibilty of encouraging their class to be more sustainable. 

Each Young Leader is assigned to a class and works closely with their Eco-Rangers as we progress with our EcoSchool awards. 


Young Leaders Eco-Rangers
Nursery, Reception and Year 6 Imogen Zach and Alex W
Years 1 and 2 Scarlett and Dylan  Tom and Jenson
Years 3 and 4  Connah and Dan S Mabel and Joy
Year5 George and Oliver Harvey and Sam W

Eco Action 

The Young Leaders and Eco Rangers reviewed our school environmental practices and created an Eco Schools Action Plan to improve these. This focuses on 3 priorities:

  • Global Citizenship (Global Goals)
  • Waste (12 Responsible Consumption and Production)
  • Marine (14 Life Below Water)

The plan includes special lunchtimes with activities, competitions, sales, assemblies and conferences. 

30 Days Wild

30 Days Wild encourages children and their families to bring a little nature into their lives every day in June. The Eco Team organise lunchtime activities so everyone can get involved http://www.mywildlife.org.uk/30dayswild/