The Eco-Schools programme is an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that was developed to support environmental learning in the classroom. It is locally managed by the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA).
The programme encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it. Through this programme, young people experience a sense of achievement at being able to have a say in the environmental management policies of our schools.
Projects are chosen on an annual basis and these projects have to be sustained each year. Each year we strive to improve on our efforts, thereby qualifying for an internationally recognised symbol of excellence.
Eco-Schools South Africa supports the National Curriculum Statements for Grades R - 12. Ms Street co-ordinates this project at school level.
Union boasts the following projects to date:
2014 – Resources: Paper recycling
• Received our Bronze Award
2015 – Healthy Living: Healthy minds, souls and bodies
• Received our Silver Award
2016 – Biodiversity: Indigenous plants and animals in our area
• Received our Gold Award
2017 – Global & Local Issues: Fire & Flood (whole school)
• Received our International Award
Biodiversity: Worm Farm (High School hostel Eco Representatives & Mr Kingwill)
Healthy Living: upgrading some boys’ & girls’ bathrooms (Interact Club & Mrs Gamiet)
Resources: Reduce our electricity bill through education and awareness (whole school)
2018 – School Grounds
• Aiming for Platinum 1 award
PROJECTS FOR 2018
1. Infrastructure planning
• We plan to replace 2 asbestos water tanks with Jo-Jo tanks.
• We plan to upgrade the boys’ bathrooms
2. Get smart about waste
• The worm farm continues to yield excellent composting soil
• We plan to separate plastic bottles as well as paper this year – containers needed for this
• We plan to use all the learners, via the class eco representatives, to make eco bricks. These we will use to build little seats for little people at a Pre-School in town.
3. Greening the school
• We continue with tree planting every Arbor Week
4. Growing and learning
• We plan to plant a rose garden for our centenary celebrations with a rose specially grafted called the Union Rose. Rain water will be used (from rain tanks) to water this garden.
• We will be labelling or tagging our indigenous trees on campus – the headmaster is managing this project
5. Outdoor classroom
• The Eco Club does soil testing every year in the Spring
• The Eco Club and Geography lessons will do temperature testing in the sun & shade
• The Eco Club will do birding during the year. We hope to be able to take part in the Camdeboo National Park’s birding weekend this year (if it does not clash with important dates on our school calendar)
• The Headmaster will continue to germinate indigenous trees and Clivias from seed
• The Pre-School and Eco Club will take part in sensory, water and sand play during the year
• Our National Park will educate the Eco Reps and Eco Club about Animal Habitats & homes and Food webs & food chains during the course of this year
6. Curriculum links
• Once we have received the Curriculum Link guidelines from WESSA, the educators will be motivated to include these lessons in our Eco Portfolio
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