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Singapore Schools Jump on the Green Wave

Singapore Schools Jump on the Green Wave

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Singapore Schools Jump on theGreen Wave
 Overwhelming participation in the Green for Hope @ Primary Schools 2010raised close to SGD900,000Issue: Feb 11
Singapore Primary Schools join efforts in Green for Hope @ Primary Schools 2010
 Three years into the launch of CapitaLand’s “Green for Hope” @ Primary Schools, almost all of theprimary schools in Singapore have banded together for this green mission. With an additional 16 schools joining in this worthy cause, Green for Hope (GfH) 2010 saw the participation of a total of 170 out of 178primary schools in Singapore.The GfH project combines two key corporate social responsibilities of CapitaLand in being green and tohelp underprivileged children. For every one kilogramme of recyclable waste collected by participatingSingapore primary schools, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand, donatesS$2 to the welfare funds of these schools.Marymount Convent started its own Go Green effort in 2010 and saw GfH as a perfect opportunity to jump on board. “In the past, pupils and students were just encouraged to do their part in recycling.However, we wanted more teacher and student involvement and thus decided to participate in GfH,”shared Adeline Pang, the teacher-in-charge.Besides achieving greater awareness through assembly talks and events, every class at MarymountConvent also appointed two Environment Ambassadors. These ambassadors helped to promote andcarry out green acts every day. They also maintained a notice board entitled ‘Save our Rainforest’ thatserved to educate classmates on environment protection. “The students are now more conscious aboutthe importance of recycling and are more proactive in their efforts,” said Pang.
Environment Ambassadors from Marymount Convent pose with pride in front of their work of art
Peiying Primary is another new kid on the block for the 2010 programme. The beauty of recycling wasemphasised through its structured Art Programme which saw art teachers conducting art lessons usingrecyclable materials. “Pupils are not only taught art creatively, they learn to do crafts using materials thatcan be recycled,” said Kan Shook Ching, the lead teacher.“With the participation in GfH, the school puts in greater effort to encourage the pupils to bring their newspaper and recyclables from home regularly. Letters were also sent to parents to inform them aboutour involvement in GfH,” shared Kan.
Students’ creations were selected for display at Peiying Primary’s recycle corner (left) and Project Runway saw students strut onstage in their recycled garb (right)
The school's green efforts culminated with a fashion show! Primary Six pupils used recyclable materialsto design their outfits and did a ‘catwalk’ in their creation – talk about eco-friendly
haute couture
Getting Greener with Experience
When it comes to recycling, CHIJ Our Lady of Navity (OLN) is certainly no greenhorn. Havingparticipated in GfH since 2008, the school exemplified the meaning of leading by example. “Our staff room and general office have two recycling bins for papers and plastics to inculcate daily recyclingamong our staff,” shared Eleanor Foo, Environmental Education Advisor and Eco Care Co-ordinator.The school even took a step further to involve parents. “We had the Parent Support Group to assist theschool and thus far, they have been helping out in our environment care projects such as our weeklycollection of recyclable wastes,” said Foo.More importantly, students were taught recycling to be a daily affair through The ‘Recycle-An-Item-A-Day’ competition. "Through the competition, pupils have become more aware about the issues of global
warming and that in turn, will encourage them to take care of their Earth more,” shared Foo.
Weekly results of ‘Recycle-An-Item-A-Day’ competition were put up to encourage participation (left) and Ms Agnes Chew,principal of CHIJ (OLN) presented tokens of appreciation to the winning classes (right)
Clementi Primary, a repeat participant of GfH, came up with a strategy to leapfrog its recycling figures. Anewspaper collection competition was organised to encourage maximum participation. “The mass of newspapers collected by individual classes was collated weekly and broadcasted over the school’s TVmessaging system,” said Balamurugan Velayutham, the teacher-in-charge of the school’s participation inGfH 2010.
Students of Clementi Primary were all game to collect as much newspapers as possible
The competition certainly hyped up the mood for recycling at Clementi Primary. “I had eager pupils whocame to ask me whether they can still recycle papers, even after the competition period!” Velayuthamexclaimed.He added, “It is very important to protect our Mother Earth before it is lost. Pupils definitely need to betaught the importance of recycling when they are young so that they will practice these habits when theygrow up.”
Going Green for a Worthy Cause
While saving the Earth is already a worthy cause, underprivileged children also benefited from the closeto S$900,000 funds raised for the schools’ welfare fund, which will be used to meet the education needsof these children.Primary Six student Jane* from Marymount Convent was thankful and joyful for the bursary she receivedfrom the funds raised through GfH. “The books that I buy for my studies are subsidised and that really

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