All our children and parents support our Earth Care Programme, committing as a Dominican School to accepting responsibility for “Stewardship of Creation.” Our beautiful Recycling Village is always open for our community to use. On Thursdays we have a whole-school recycling drive where mountains of recyclable goods are received and distributed to various recycling hubs.
We received our Green Flag status through WESSA (Wildlife & Environmental Society of South Africa) in 2011.
Over the years we have progressed through Silver and Gold and we are presently on Level 2 of our Platinum status. We are required to fulfil specific criteria on each level and also have to be on a level for a number of years. Receiving Level 2 Platinum Status within the span of 8 years is a noteworthy accomplishment.
We were delighted to receive notification from WESSA, that we have been awarded our International Green Flag status. We have also been awarded a floating trophy from the Wrigley Litter-Less Campaign for our efforts to combat litter and to be a “Litterless Campus.”
“WESSA is a South African environmental organisation which aims to initiate and support high impact environmental and conservation projects to promote public participation in caring for the Earth. For 90 years WESSA has proactively engaged with the challenges and opportunities presented by South Africa’s unique natural heritage and the social and economic systems that depend on it.”
Specific projects we have done so far
- We collect bread-tags and bottle tops which has enabled us to donate 10 wheelchairs to children in need thus far.
- We’ve looked after Namphelia for a term in which time we collected a mountain of polystyrene to make compressed bricks for low-cost housing and during that devastating drought in the Cape Province we collected 1000L of water for animals in need.
- Eco-bricks are a big thing at St Paulus. We build and donate them to a school in Mamelodi, which now has big plans to use them to enhance their campus.
- We have a Sustainable Garden and an Earthworm Farm.