Toasty Tuesday - 20 August 2019

We don’t often think about how much electricity we use up as a school. If you think for about 10 hours a day about 300 days a year, we have lights on, computers charging, heaters and air conditioners running in every single classroom all over the school. Now we don’t have the brains to calculate this but if you did, the amount of energy needed to keep our school running for just one day would churn out a HUGE number. To produce this HUGE number, you need a HUGE amount of coal and a huge amount of solar power, which is expensive and most importantly very damaging to our environment.

So we are giving you a challenge. (You can practise this at home by turning off lights when no one is in a room, just heat one room and put on extra clothes when walking around the house, run the washing machine/dishwasher when they are totally full, eating all the food you purchase and pausing before you purchase anything new!)

Next Tuesday Maailma will be holding our very first "Toasty Tuesday" in the Secondary School, where we challenge ourselves to go ONE day without turning on a single heater and as few lights as possible.

This will be a mufti day, so come to school rugged up in whatever clothes you want to keep you warm. Scarves, beanies, jumpers, uggboots... anything to keep you toasty.

And speaking of toasty, the canteen will be selling toasted sandwiches at lunch and hot chocolate on the lawn for anyone with a keep cup and a gold coin donation. First in, first served basis!

The aim is to save as much energy as possible and we will also be holding a guessing competition on how much energy we save as a result of this effort. We will be sending an email around shortly with more information.

So remember next Tuesday we are turning off the heaters and some lights and we want you to bring:

• your warmest clothes/rugs
• your keep cups
• a gold coin donation for the hot chocolate

And get excited for Toasty Tuesday!

Amelia Board and Marie Karantanis
Maailma Environment Club