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Oakham School pupils rent Christmas trees and learn how to make sustainable decorations

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Some dream of a white Christmas - but others are hoping for a ‘green’ one, with rented trees and decorations made from reused materials.

Pupils at Oakham School have been taking part in a 30-day sustainability challenge.

They rented festive trees from ‘Love A Christmas Tree’, which will be returned in the new year for replanting on the same farm they were grown on.

Pupils at Oakham School with decorations they made
Pupils at Oakham School with decorations they made

Meanwhile, boarders at the school made decorations for their houses which gaven them insight into being more environmentally responsible.

Pupils used computer-aided design packages and a laser cutter to make Christmas decorations from ply and acrylic off-cuts.

Kelly Gibbons, a teacher of design and technology, said: “Our lower school boarders have thoroughly enjoyed their practical sustainability tasks and have learnt many new skills along the way to enhance their learning and practical abilities.

“By using cut off materials, pupils have learnt that while helping the environment in reducing waste they can create some lovely Christmas decorations which can be used for many years to come.”

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