Category Archives: Being eco-friendly

A boat to be proud of : the Abeille Bourbon.

1002722_187744091385014_1582625134_n-1At the beginning of this project we went beach cleaning to do our best to help getting rid of the macro-waste left by people on beaches and we learned that most of the pollution comes from the land and human activities. Rubbish is carried on to the sea by rivers, streams, brooks and rain.

We know that the sea is at risk too because of the boats cruising our shores. These vessels are huge and carry very dangerous products with  toxic chemical elements, thousands of boxes with all sorts of goods, radioactive waste and oil .

In 1978, there was an enormous oil spill on our coast. One too many, and that one was so dreadful that everybody kept it in mind.  The Amoco Cadiz oil spill traumatized  people over here, and  our maritime environment was deeply, deeply hurt.

You must know that 150 boats a day  enter the Channel, next to where we live. The tugboat we visited  is there to help the monstruous vessels in case they get into trouble; The sailors on board are on watch 365 days a year, 24 hours out of 24 hours.

On friday morning ( june 14th, 2013),   we  went on board and met her crew, starting with the Tug Master Charles Claden on the bridge watch.


After meeting Captain Claden, we went down to the engine room. Jean-Paul Hellequin, our “private” guide,  showed us the four engines which can develop 24.000 horsepower when needed.


 We also went into the kitchen, a strategic place to keep the crew’s morale at its highest 😉

Victor was very hungry and found out the cook was preparing fresh crab to eat with mayonnaise , sea bream ( a delicious fish) and we all saw nice chocolate cakes 😉 😉


Then,  we went out to have a look at the cables used to tow boats in trouble at sea.

Wow! The size of the cable ! Mr Delaunay, in charge, showed us the cables and how they do to throw the tow to the vessels at risk.



A message to the crew of this great tugboat and to Mr Jean Paul Hellequin. 

Thank you very much for that lovely visit and the great, great welcome we had on board. We were very impressed by your kind willingness to share your experience with us. You are our “rock stars” as someone said during the visit 😉

Thank you Captain Claden for your specific dedication to our blog.


Team France.

Have a look at the video, to the end 😉 It is in French but you can understand it .


Posted by on June 15, 2013 in Being eco-friendly, France


Inaugurating our new painted beehives.


Today our beekeeper came to add 2 new beehives in the school patio.  Having a look at the Slovenian hive art helped us to find ideas to decorate them  😉

A group of year 8 students  set to work and their motifs feature spring but also  a real concern about the dangers facing bees, their decline and possible extinction with a tremendous impact on the environment : no more crops, fodder ( hay, straw) to feed cattle. Without bees, no more fruit, no more flowers … no more … out of 100 crops, 70 will disappear 😦


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We are young  but quite determined to do our best to host  and help our friendly bees and other insects ( next year we have a new project about protecting local insects such as cockhafers . We are going to build a friendly environment to host them) .  No more pesticides , less grass cutting , preservation of their habitat such as stumps … , rocks … soil …


Super Bee drawn by Angèle.

Super Bee drawn by Angèle.

The French team. : Elsa, Aurore, Amandine, Elsa, Océane, Anaïs, Léo, Jessica, Angèle, Ariane, Benjamin,  and Camille ( 5ème A and B)


Taking care of our new beehives before the summer.

Taking care of our new beehives before the summer.

This week we have started taking care  of two new beehives which will be added on the roof and in the patio of our school. Someone, we don’t remember who, had the idea of decorating them. We thought it was a fantastic idea and our art teacher accepted to help us.

Eco-friendly , non toxic water-based but colourful  paints were bought to decorate the hives.

Some of us set down to work. As we were painting the hives, one of us started  to surf the net in the art room to see if there were other painted beehives somewhere else in the world. We found a treasure:  Slovenian beehives 🙂

We didn’t know anything about that unique form of folk art and we were amazed by the colours and the talent of the unknown artists. We also had a look at the map of Europe to locate Slovenia. We realised Slovenia was a neighbouring country of Italy and not far from our partners in Feltre in the Venezian province. We made a mistake there: Feltre is in the Belluno Province  ( Thank you, Marco, for your comment)

Have you ever seen those beehives in Slovenia, Italian team?

The French extended team : Elsa, Aurore, Ariane, Anaïs, Camille  … ( year 8)

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P.S: We will keep you posted when we have completed our task 🙂