On June 5th 2018, World Environment Day, the EMA Enviroclub Green Leaf Awards were held at SAPA. This competition spans a 2 year period in which environmental clubs from both primary and secondary schools are issued a challenge to solve an environmental problem in their school. This competition focused on Single Use Waste Items in our schools.
Naparima Girls’ High School emerged 1st in the Secondary Schools Category, winning the prestigious Green Leaf Award, while Biche RC Primary School placed 1st in the Primary Schools Category. It turned into an exciting day for us, as the results were not known until the 5TH June, 2018 , during the Awards ceremony. Starting in January 2017, with a specific challenge given to us each term,the students, guided by Mrs. Sarsha Lall- Soobrattee,had to investigate and tally the single use items contributing to our school’s waste stream, then research, devise a plan, and eventually implement the plan to remove one single use waste item from our school’s waste stream. We chose to focus on plastic water bottles, as this contributed significantly to our waste. The students involved did research, put up posters, continued with their recycling drive, and purchased a water dispenser for use by staff and students. The Upper Six Executive of the club together with their classes donated a water fountain to the school in the waving gallery. Thanks to Chelsea Rampersad, Club president, and the other members of the Upper Six Executive, Arielle Ramsook and Abia Abdool and the rest of the club, for their diligent and persistent work over these last two years. Thanks to the form 4 students who managed the club this term, for their hard work and dedication to this project – Sashi Dookeran, Sesha Dookeran, Maliha Ramnarine-Misir, Zoe Webb, Naomi Lochan, and to Allysa Boodram 3N and Amy Moonan, Athalia and the class of 2J for their valuable contribution of Artwork using plastic bottles. Without all of our stakeholders the Principal, Vice Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, library, and all of our students, we could not have achieved this, and we pledge to continue reducing and recycling at our school to help conserve our environment!