Gad’s Hill Kindergarten and Junior children learned more about how they will be helping to grow their very own aromatic plants for Harvest celebrations, at an assembly led by their Heads of School.
Ten-year-old Junior Heads, Oduware and Peter talked confidently about hydroponics and the implications for global nutrition, which is this term’s Junior school topic – children have been finding out more about the science behind it and the humanitarian programmes it supports.
The eloquent classmates explained what the World Food Programme is and how innovative hydroponic systems are being used in countries affected by drought and war to grow food and empower communities.
Head of Junior School, Mrs Glynda Cullen, said: “At Gad’s we know the importance of inspiring children to want to learn and the best way to do this is by teaching them about their world, right here, right now.
“Who better to inspire the cohort than their own well respected friends and mentors?
“I was very proud of Oduware and Peter’s research, knowledge and confidence. The pair take their responsibilities very seriously and this first address will help develop their skills in leadership, sharing information and delivering a message from a platform.”
The Junior students are growing their own herbs hydroponically in Science lessons, in preparation for Gad’s Harvest assembly, where the cohort will share their findings with proud parents and friends of the school.
Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants without soil by instead using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.
The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations and the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. According to the WFP, it provides food assistance to an average of 91.4 million people in 83 countries each year.