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The Eco School

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.

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. 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

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.

Term 1ThemeDescription

Lesson 1
WasteGlobal and local state of the world waste issues on land and in seas and importance of recycling
Lesson 2WasteRecycling, re-using, and up-cycling
Lesson 3WasteEntrepreneurs – Spreading awareness of making profit from waste
Term 2
Lesson 1Healthy LivingImportance of eating healthy foods and exercise – composting
Lesson 2Healthy LivingGlobal and local water issues, sustainable water usage – Tanks and rain water
Lesson 3Healthy LivingCompanion planting, organic pesticides, harvesting and cooking
Term 3
Lesson 1BiodiversityImportance and significance of biodiversity – specific to the Kogelberg Biosphere
Lesson 2BiodiversityFrogs and frogging
Lesson 3BiodiversityCompanion planting, organic pesticides, harvesting and cooking
ProjectDateTheme covered (WESSA)
Beach clean-upLocal and global, resource use, community and heritage
Art projects using waste collected from beach and from homeResource use
Creating sustainable veggie garden – compostingYear roundHealth, resource use
Veggie garden – plantingYear roundHealth, resource use
Veggie garden – WateringYear roundHealth, resource use
Wetland walk and analysis of waterNature and biodiversity, community and heritage
Frog identification talk and walkNature and biodiversity, community and heritage
Harold Porter tourNature and biodiversity, community and heritage