The Greenlinks@GIIS Queentown Campus is an initiative to incorporate environmental activities as a part of the curriculum. The programme objectives are to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about their surroundings, participate in service projects at school and in the community with the endeavour to promote environmental awareness and develop social and life skills. The programme empowers students to take action and cultivate sound environmental ethics.
The students are currently working on Project E.A.R.T.H (Every Act of Recycling Trash Helps), Project S.W.I.T.C.H (Simple Ways I Take To Change My Habits) and a project on Water Conservation.
As part of the curriculum of Greenlinks@GIIS Queenstown, Ms Yeo Kang Rou Coral (Partnership Facilitator, Environmental Health Department - Central Regional Office, National Environment Agency) and her team were invited to the campus to educate middle school students on environmental issues in October 2011. Based on the inputs given during the visit, Project E.A.R.T.H and Project S.W.I.T.C.H were launched under the guidance and leadership of Ms Meenakshi Mehta, Vice Principal, GIIS Queenstown Campus.
Under Project E.A.R.T.H, the campus team has tied up with a trading company that collects paper for recycling. The movement gathered momentum with coordinators and teachers motivating the students to collect paper for recycling in the recycling bins. Soon the students' enthusiasm caught up and triggered action on multiple fronts. The environment club students did their part by going to the classrooms, staffrooms, and labs to collect paper for recycling every Friday. IB Yr 1 students also pitched in to support and the money collected from recycling paper was used to support charitable causes.
Project E.A.R.T.H also involves promoting awareness on 3Rs at community events through exhibitions, stage talks and games - encouraging and motivating residents to practice the 3Rs. Students of GIIS Queenstown Campus went on a community outreach programme in October 2011 at Tanglin Halt Community Plaza, Tanglin Halt Hawker Centre. An open air stage was set for the Community Life Arts Programme or CLAP, where students Vishal Pisharoti, Meet Upadhyay and Devrath Kaushal of Class 11, spoke about the importance of recycling and different methods of recycling. The NEA team had organised a board game on recycling which attracted children for a hands-on session. The effort made by the students for saving energy and recycling was well appreciated by the crowd gathered at the Community Plaza. Madam Alice, an active member of the Queenstown Residents Committee and Ms Coral from NEA, Central Regional Office had words of praise for the commitment and dedication shown by GIIS students to bring the message across to the public.
The next project was a Recycling Drive in November 2011 at Tanglin Hall Community Plaza. Residents from the neighbourhood area brought their recyclables near the open air stage set up for CLAP. Recyclable matter was also collected from the nearby HDB blocks and by 8.30pm, 370 kg of recyclable matter was collected. It was certainly an interesting experience for the GIIS students who participated.
As part of another collaborative initiative with NEA and Central Singapore Community Development Council, around 30 students from Environment Club and Explorers Club of GIIS Queenstown Campus went for a recycling drive in November 2011 in the neighbourhood HDB Blocks 165 - 169, Sterling Road. Residents had been notified earlier about the recycling drive undertaken by GIIS. Between 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm on that day, 415 kg of recyclables was collected by the students.
Again in November 2011, a recycling drive conducted during the Parent Teacher Meeting in school led to a collection of 900 kg of recyclables. Apart from the recyclables brought in by the parents, unused recyclable matter from the school stores weas also sent for recycling.
Between October 17, 2011 and January 20, 2012 a total of 3085 kg of recyclable matter was collected by team GIIS, Queenstown Campus. The data for these recycling drives was regularly updated with NEA, 3P officer Ms Coral.
In recognition of the efforts by the team of students and teachers for the Project E.A.R.T.H contributions, GIIS was honoured by an award March 17, 2012 at the Central Singapore Regional Workshop 2012 conducted by National Environment Agency, CRO and Central Singapore CDC. The award was given by Dr Lily Neo, MP Tanjong Pagar, GRC at MEWR Hall - Environment Building.
Student, S.Yogarajan of Class 7 shares his experience: The various recycling activities that we did have been unique and interesting experience for us. Rendering service to community and taking part in the recycling initiative makes us responsible residents of Singapore. These initiatives have taught me the importance of 3R's - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle and I look forward to taking part in more environment related activities.