Students Rise to Daffodil Photography Challenge

Despite the current circumstances of social distancing and self-isolation, students at Farlingaye High School have captured stunning photographs of spring daffodils. The Daffodil Photography Challenge was run by the school’s Green Council, which has continued its award-winning environmental work despite the national lockdown.

With Farlingaye High School closed to students, except for the children of key workers and vulnerable students, the school’s Green Council is promoting weekly challenges for students to complete at home. This week, students took photographs of daffodils in their gardens or ones that they saw while taking their daily exercise. Such was the scale and quality of the response that three winners were selected from each year group.

Dr Tim Harrison, who coordinates the Green Council’s activities, commented: “It’s brilliant to see students engaging with the natural world around them. While circumstances are tough for everyone at the moment, it’s important to look for positives and opportunities. The current slower pace of life gives students the chance to interact with nature in a way that they may never have done before.”

Farlingaye’s Green Council recently won the Caring for the Environment Award sponsored by the East Anglian Daily Times at the Suffolk High Sheriff’s Awards 2020. The award recognises the Green Council’s encouragement of young people to develop lifelong sustainable habits and to enjoy the natural world. Initiatives that the Green Council oversees within the school include daily recycling, providing reusable cups and water bottles, sourcing products with sustainable palm oil, reducing electricity usage, gardening, hedge-planting, mammal recording, moth recording, nest monitoring and bird ringing.

Dr Harrison added: “Getting outside and enjoying the natural world is a cornerstone of sustainability and conservation. You only protect what you love, and you only love what you know. For many young people there has been an extinction of experience of the natural world. Simple activities like photographing spring daffodils can encourage students to reengage with their environment.”

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