Brighton College Bangkok is delighted to announce its intention to become the first international school in Thailand to ban single-use plastic on site.
At an event for parents entitled ‘Empower Your Child To Make A Difference And Change The World’, Vanessa Robitaille, Head of College, outlined plans for the school to work with staff, pupils and suppliers to bring an end to wasteful plastic use, including water bottles, carrier bags and unnecessary protective wrapping. The school expects to achieve this objective within 12 months.
Mrs. Robitaille said: “We are all aware of the negative impact that plastic waste is having on the planet, and so the time is right to change our behaviour and make a difference. Teaching our children to respect the environment is a core value of a Brighton College education around the world. What young children learn now will have an impact on the future of every one of us and they must have the confidence, curiosity and determination to take on this mantle. At Brighton College we build these skills as we prepare them to lead in our ever changing and vulnerable world.”
Speaking at the event was Mr. Richard Cairns, Head Master of Brighton College UK, voted the ‘Independent School of the Year 2019’ by The Sunday Times. And recently nominated as Head Master of the Year in England.
Brighton College UK made headlines in May 2018 as the first school in Britain to ban its pupils from using single-use plastics on-site, and is now looking to make further positive changes by banning all diesel vehicles from the campus.
Mr. Cairns said: “We are proud that our sister school in Bangkok has chosen to make this bold pledge, and I know that the news will inspire its pupils, parents and staff to think about the difference they can make to the global environmental crisis.”
Also speaking at the event was Mr. Alex Rendell, Thai actor and Co-founder of the Environmental Education Centre: Thailand (EEC Thailand). He spoke of the partnership that is planned with Brighton College, and the importance of, inspiring the next generation to be more eco-conscious.
Mr. Rendell said: “The next generation are already aware of the need to do something to look after our planet. I welcome the leadership that Brighton College Bangkok are demonstrating by taking on this issue, and hope to see others follow their lead.”
The event took place at Altitude at the Westin Grande, Sukhumvit. Attendees included over 130 parents from the school, governors from the UK and Old Brightonians – alumni of Brighton College UK who now reside in Bangkok.