Learning for Life (LLP) in Environmental Education (EE)
To touch the hearts and engage the minds of pupils to contribute to society in an environmentally sustainable way
In line with our school’s Learning for Life Programme (LLP) in Environmental Education, Juying Primary School strives to nurture our pupils’ innate curiosity about the world they live in, and develop a lasting appreciation and strong stewardship for the environment through a host of programmes that are school-wide, level-specific or as an enlargement of duties.
Singapore Book of Records
In conjunction with our school’s 25th birthday celebration, we set a new record on 13 Nov 2019; the largest cake sculpture made of cardboard rolls in the Singapore Book of Records. Resting on a square base of 2 m and standing at a towering height of 85 cm, the cake sculpture is a testament to the cumulative effort and contributions made by staff, pupils and parents who collected and assembled painted cardboard rolls to form a six tiered art piece. The record also affirmed the school’s efforts in recycling waste material and spurred it on in its aspiration to become a green school.
In line with Environmental Education, the school is committed in its efforts to promote the upcycling of waste materials. The benefits of upcycling are shared with the staff and students to help them see that they can also contribute to environmental sustainability in their own way. Upcycling workshops were organised for selected staff, and Primary 4 and 5 students at the end of 2019 to help them appreciate ways they can convert waste wood into functional and aesthetically attractive items. In the workshops, staff had the opportunity to make mobile phone sound amplifier and table lamp while students were guided to make a pencil holder from waste wood.
Through the upcycling activities, staff and students learnt how to convert waste material into useful and aesthetically appealing items, achieving the aim of generating less waste and conserving scarce resources on the Earth.
In recognition for its environmental education efforts and drive towards establishing a green institution, the school has been awarded the following awards in 2019:
- BCA Green Mark Award (Goldplus)
- SEC – Starhub School Green Award (Yellow Flame)
In addition, the school enrolled in the Green Wave Environmental Care Competition organised by Sembcorp Marine and the team’s submission “Box of Hope” has been awarded the 1st Prize Award.
As part of school-wide recycling programme, pupils take on the responsibility of recycling newspaper and used drink cartons on a daily basis. Level specific programmes such as Hydroponics offer invaluable opportunities for our pupils to learn about environmental sustainability in urban farming. In addition, pupils from Infogreen Club participate actively in environmental care projects in partnership with organisations such as SWCDC and NParks.
In addition to the Hydroponics, Juying Primary School has two other green infrastructure, namely the Rainwater Harvesting System and Food Waste Management. Through the installation of these green infrastructures, we hope to educate our pupils on the importance of harvesting rainwater as a precious resource and to reduce and recycle food waste as part of the plans under the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint’s goal towards becoming a Zero Waste Nation.