24 May 2024

John Lyon wins international sustainability competition for third year running

In a repeat of past successes, the School recently secured victory in the Senior category of the Harrow International Sustainability Competition for the third consecutive year. Organised by Harrow School’s Sustainability Committee, this annual event provides a platform for pupils from across the ten Harrow Family of Schools, of which John Lyon is a part of, to explore and create innovative solutions to current sustainability challenges.

This year’s theme was ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’, and teams from both the Prep and Senior School dedicated significant time in producing creative ideas to help improve our carbon footprint. Entries ranged from practical concepts, including a sustainable iPhone stand and a fashion exchange platform promoting clothing recycling and reuse.

Well done to all our teams partaking in the challenge, with congratulations to our winning Senior team of John (L6TCF) and Mark (L6TCF), who were supported by Mr Fletcher, Head of Business. Their project, ‘Bear Peas’ a School community trading app and website, impressed judges with its innovative approach, community focus and feasibility. Backed by a compelling pitch and video presentation, the project emerged as a clear standout.

John (L6TCF), commented, “The competition was amazing – I’ve learnt new skills such as video editing as well as softer skills like time management and working to a deadline. I am over the moon that our hard work has paid off and that we have won the competition for a third year in a row. This would not have been possible without Mr Fletchers expert guidance.”

Additionally, a special mention to the team of Rian, Dhiyan, Krish and Inaara (all 7RMK) whose idea of an online fashion exchange point earned them a notable mention. Judges praised their idea for its alignment with the competition’s objectives.

Reflecting on the experience, Inaara (7RMK) said: “This was the first time I have taken part in a challenge like this, and it was a wonderful learning experience, one that has enabled me to gain valuable insights into sustainability.”