Merrifield College received a platinum certificate from the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) for four years of consistent work in key areas of the environment as part of Wessa’s Eco Schools programme.
Over the last 10 years, the school has developed and sustained projects on and off school campus in order to foster a consciousness for environmentalism in its students.
Merrifield staff member Chaylene Bachar said they worked closely with other schools, such as Lilyfontein School, which also took part in the Eco Schools Programme, as well as and also Stirling High School.
“We have five projects that we have worked on for years under the Eco Schools theme.
“In the community and heritage theme, everything is connected. Humans and the planet are an interconnected system.
“We believe strongly in growing kindness through our work with community projects, which in turn grows kindness for our planet,” said Bachar.
She said healthy living is a very important part of being an Eco School.
“Being conscious about what we eat, encouraging the growing of food and looking after both our psychical and mental health are key areas for our young people.
“We have a brain food segment each morning where students are encouraged to take out a healthy snack to keep energy levels going and to encourage healthy food choices.
“We plan to start a school food garden one day. This is one of the big dreams of our the Eco Committee,” Bachar said.
Bachar said they are looking forward in completing their Diamond Decade which is a celebration year for 10 years involved with the Eco Schools programme.
Wessa is a South African environmental organisation which aims to initiate and support high impact environmental and conservation projects to promote participation in caring for the Earth.
“We are planning to put together a really exciting portfolio for this.
“We are so passionate about developing a real care for the environment as this is a very important time in our planet’s history.
“By the choices we make on a daily basis, we are able to positively impact the world around us. Nature needs us to care and we are very proud of some of the amazing Eco Warriors we have at Merrifield. We can change things for the better,” Bachar said .