ISCT has been working on climate change and actions that make a difference. This project we did was to clean up a local beach. This beach is on the edge of an international shipping lane and harbour and so it becomes a collecting point for not only plastics in our oceans but clothes and many other items including dead animals that have wash up or died due to eating the rubbish on our shores.
This was a whole Keystage activity and lead by myself and our Environmental Portfolio of Year 6's. We started with the Year 6's thanking everyone who came on their weekend to help us. They educated them on why we are doing this and explained procedures.
After 3 hours of cleaning up, we loaded 18 black bags full of rubbish into my car to be disposed of correctly.
Children of all ages came to help. Through action and discussions, they realised how dirty our oceans are. This lead to further discussions with family and friends about what they found and how items like plastic straws should not be used in their homes any longer as it might just find its way into our oceans.
In our school, there is a large area of the garden that has been looking rather unloved. Plants don't seem to serve there very long and watering is scarce in these hot dry water-saving times. Our Eco club decided to redo this garden with indigenous plants. Nine children ranging from year 4 to 6 got together to make this happen. since the start of this garden, other children have seen what we have been doing and asked to join in. The garden is now finished and inorder for it to grow a little water goes a long way. Children from all grades ask if the plants have been watered. they test the soil to see if it's dry or not and if it is dry. They water the garden early in the morning before school so that the plants have a chance to absorb the water before the hot African sun comes up for the day.
Within our garden, we have planted many succulents. One of them is endangered to the Western Cape and we are hoping to propagate this plant. The team included 2 proteas as well.
Children have learnt how to plant a plant correctly and how to prep the soil for planting. We chatted about landscaping and they even made a video afterwards bringing attention to the plants in the new garden. since then we have seen many little creatures making a new home in this garden. As it goes I'm sure it will attract all sorts of animals from the local area.
We as a Keystage have been supporting Eco-brick making. Children have been learning about the negative impact plastic is having on our earth. We have been making them think about where their plastic waste goes after it has been put into the bin.
Many of our children took on this idea of creating Eco-bricks using clean non-recyclable waste. Not only have they taken to this idea but some children have gone into their communities to share their new knowledge and inspire others to also do their bit.
This past week I took over 70 Eco Bricks to the Eco brick depo so that they can be used to build houses this was my second drop off for this term.
This project is an ongoing project that educates our children about their waste. What plastic is recyclable and what is not as well as encouraging our children to reduce their waste, reuse what they can, recycle what they can and refuse as many items packed in plastics as possible.
Part 2 of our Eco Garden is that we are busy designing and building a bench out of some of these Eco bricks that we have collected to place in our Eco Garden.