WHAT DOES “ECO SCHOOL” MEAN TO PRINGLE HOUSE
Pringle House is registered with the international program of the Foundation for Environmental Education managed locally by WESSA & WWF-SA and we have already achieved the internationally recognized symbol of excellence, the FEE Green Eco-Schools Flag.
We were awarded Bronze in 2008 & Silver in 2009 and at the end of 2010 (our third year) the Green Flag. In the same year we were also awarded the titles of: “best practice eco-school” and “one of the top four (out of the 260) eco schools in the Western Cape!”
For 2011 we achieved a Gold certificate, and in 2012 we were awarded the Eco Schools International Green Flag, as well as a cash award, one of only 20 such awards made to schools in the Western Cape. Special merit certificates are then awarded annually, when deserved, until the Platinum “Decade of Achievement” Award which we will strive towards in 2018.
As an eco-school we are committed to environmental management at school, as well as environmental learning, both locally and globally. This means that every year we undertake several projects to improve certain aspects of the environment.
At the same time, teachers draw on these practical projects to strengthen environmental learning in the classroom. Each year another whole theme gets added to the previous years’ themes as follows:
2008 – Resource use
2009 – Resource use + Nature & Biodiversity
2010 – Resource use + Nature & Biodiversity + Local & Global Issues
2011 – Resource use + Nature & Biodiversity + Local & Global Issues + Healthy Living
2012 – Resource use + Nature & Biodiversity + Local & Global Issues + Healthy Living + Community Heritage
These themes are woven into all subject lessons and classroom activities throughout the year. Guest speakers are invited to give talks and many outdoor excursions undertaken.
One of the pre-requisites is that the school maintains an “ongoing project” related to each of the four themes, which is over-and-above the lessons themselves.
Our ongoing projects are as follows:
Resource Use – As a school we
- re-cycle our waste
- re-use waste materials within the classroom (art projects, shelving, stationary tins etc.)
- reduce energy consumption (water & electricity).
Nature & Biodiversity – The school “adopted” the wetland next door and has been monitoring water quality, alien infestation, plant & animal life etc.
Local & Global Issues – Baboons are our chosen issue, where we study, assess and evaluate baboons (habitats, anatomy, social hierarchy, community politics possible deterrents etc.)
Healthy Living – Building & maintaining a vegetable garden. Our hope is to then take our produce to a local orphanage or soup kitchen where the children can assist those who cannot afford to live and eat healthily. This then also encompasses next year’s theme of Community and Heritage.