St Anne’s is a member of the eco-schools group. We registered last year (2010), but are following its procedures from this year. I am busy building up a portfolio to submit to the organisers by the end of the year.
Eco schools follow an award system. This is our second year of membership, but the school did not follow the award system last year. We are therefore involved in the first year activities. This means that the school must do one project and at least three lessons on one theme. We are involved in several projects and themes which we will put into our portfolio. Geography, Life Sciences, English and others have worked on environmental themes. One of the many projects done is the carbon footprint study followed by the grade 8’s; another is the indigenous tree project.
The environment club is involved in various projects such as recycling and also participates in the Dusiclean up project intitiated by DUCT (Dusi Umgeni Conservation Trust).
Anything that focuses the attention of the girls on environmental issues is good and the Eco schools membership does just that. I also feel that the girls are doing a great deal of environmental work and activities and being a member of the eco-schools group means that all that is being done just needs to be recorded.