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    Bishop Ramsey students swap for the environment

    The art of swapping came to Bishop Ramsey School on Friday 18th October, 2013 with Year 7 taking part in a swap shop.

    Have you ever wondered what to do with unwanted items – how about swap things you’ve got for things you want.  The art of swapping came to Bishop Ramsey School on Friday 18th October, 2013 with Year 7 taking part in a swap shop.

    The idea of Miss Petford, the swap shop was organised by the A2 Geography students. The event was part of the School’s eco strategy and was designed to reduce waste and landfill by swapping instead of throwing away unwanted items.

    The occasion had been planned by the Sixth Formers over the last few weeks.  Organisation had included sending information to parents, presentations to the Year 7s to explain the concept of the swap shop and then setting up and arranging the day.

    Year 7 were invited to swap their unwanted good condition items for goods from their peers.  It was also a team building exercise with the students building communication and friendships with people not in their forms.

     There was much excitement and fun as the items to be swapped were revealed and the swapping started.  The hall was divided up into tables labelled by product, where students could stand to show their swaps.  However they also formed their own swapping groups.  There was a mixture of paraphernalia including games, books, make up, computer games, DVDs, toy cars and soft toys.  It had been arranged that anything that had not been swapped by the end of the lesson but not required by the owner would be sent to a local charity shop.

     
    The Year 7s really enjoyed the experience.  Asked what they thought of the event comments included:
     "Good idea, would like to do it again",  "Next time I will bring more stuff to swap",  "I’ve met people I haven’t met before"
     "I’m really pleased with what I swapped".

    A very successful and enjoyable morning which produced many smiles and happy faces.  It is hoped to reproduce it for other years in the school.  Congratulations to the organisers.