Canossa Catholic Primary School
Laudato Si’ Movement: Loving God’s Earth
Young Canossians are being taught how to become responsible stewards and advocates for the Earth, which is a precious gift from God. Through activities such as recycling, trivia games, gardening, and informative talks, the youth are able to develop an appreciation for the beauty of God's creation. As a result of their education, the Canossians are now actively promoting environmentally conscious practices for the sake of a sustainable world.
Catholic Junior College
Laudato Si’ Movement: Ignite 2022
Ignite 2022 taught students learned how to balance human needs with environmental limits. One of the activities was growing local vegetables on campus, which the students shared with the school to promote sustainable diets. They also participated in learning journeys to traditional farms and laboratories to come up with solutions for possible food scenarios in Singapore's future. As a result of the initiative, the students shared their knowledge with the school about sustainable diets and developed innovative solutions for future food challenges.
Laudato Si’ Movement: Adopt a Plant Recess Activity.
In 2023, as part of the Total Defence Day commemoration, students took part in the "Adopt a Plant" recess activity as part of the Laudato Si' Movement. The aim of this activity was to educate students about the significance of food security and how gardening edibles can help Singapore achieve its 30 by 30 goal for a more sustainable environment. As a result of this initiative, students gained awareness about the importance of food and how gardening can contribute to food security.
Little Shepherds’ Schoolhouse
- Ground to the Table
This project takes place at two different centers: the Church of St. Francis of Assisi-Jurong West and St. Joseph's Church. Children in nursery to K2 at these schools have the opportunity to grow their own vegetables. They are responsible for planting, caring for, and harvesting the vegetables for use in the centers' kitchens. Through this initiative, children learn to value where our food comes from, how to take care of the environment, and reduce food waste.
- Mosquito Ambassadors
A programme called "Mosquito Ambassadors" is held at the Little Shepherds' Schoolhouse in the Church of St. Anthony. Children in the K2 age group were taught that plants like citronella and lemongrass can naturally repel mosquitoes. As a result of this initiative, the children became "mosquito ambassadors" and created a checklist to check their neighborhood for potential mosquito breeding grounds.
- Intergenerational Bonding Programme
The Intergenerational Bonding Programme takes place at the Little Shepherds' Schoolhouse located in the Church of the Holy Trinity. The programme is designed for kids from K2. Through weekly interactions with the people with dementia at Apex Harmony Lodge, children learn the significance of loving one another as Jesus has loved. The initiative teaches children empathy and patience while working with the elderly.
Marymount Convent School
Laudato Si’ Movement: Plastics Recycling Heroes
The school organised ‘Plastics Recycling Heroes’ that involved all students to collect plastics with specific resin codes (1, 2, 4, and 5). In total, they collected 116kg of plastics. The main goal of this project was to educate students about the various types of recyclable plastics, as determined by their resin codes. Many people unknowingly dispose of plastics with unsuitable resin codes (such as 3 and 7), causing contamination in the recycling bin. This makes it challenging for the staff at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to sort the plastics properly.
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St Anthony’s Primary School
- Water Scarcity and Conservation
At St. Anthony's Primary School, every level has a specially curated package of activities that aim to encourage students to discuss the importance of water conservation. These activities include stories, interviews, and discussions that inspire pupils to create posters, bookmarks, and letters that reflect their thoughts on the topic. During recess, the students participate in games that teach them about water footprint and conservation habits. The Science and Environmental Club CCA members also contribute to the recess activities by creating games out of recyclables. Additionally, a self-directed learning package about water scarcity has been posted on SLS for students to learn about global water issues. As a result of these initiatives, a decrease in water consumption has been observed in the school's water bills.
- Appreciate and Protect our Earth and Biodiversity
During May 17th and 18th, the school organised recess activities that provided students with a fun and engaging way to learn and appreciate biodiversity. These activities included a scavenger hunt in the school garden, using handheld microscopes to observe plant parts and cells up close, and watching a video on biodiversity conservation. Additionally, the school's coding programme, CODE@SAPS, offered Primary 3 to 6 students the chance to identify a biodiversity concern they were passionate about and apply their coding knowledge to create a prototype that could help protect biodiversity. The outcomes of these activities were positive, with students gaining a better understanding of sustainability issues through immersive learning experiences.
- Reducing Waste Campaign
Eco-friendly practices are promoted by encouraging staff to bring their own containers and cutlery during buffet events or when shopping at school retail events. They are also encouraged to wash plastic containers from packed breakfasts and reuse them for packing supplies.
Additionally, they took part in ALBA's International E-Waste Day School competition, urging both students and staff to recycle their e-waste. To further their waste reduction campaign, they partnered with the Food from the Heart organisation to support lower-income families by raising funds for free meals. As part of this campaign, they participated in the "Clean Plate Campaign," where the whole school kept track of the number of clean plates during recess hours. These efforts have helped reduce plastic waste in our school and encourage students to use recyclables for their projects.
St Gabriel’s Primary School
Laudato Si’ Movement: Little Green Fingers Recess Programme
The project was launched in August with the aim of teaching children how to appreciate and care for the environment. The programme educates kids on how to safely tend to the school's vegetable and herb garden, making gardening a fun activity for them and their peers. The success of the initiative is reflected in the children's enthusiasm and excitement to cultivate and watch the plants grow. They have pledged to care for the garden and the environment by reducing their use of plastic, engaging in recycling, and conserving water and electricity. As of September, the pots have been planted with herbs and leafy green vegetables, and the children are eagerly anticipating the harvest.