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Learn How These International Schools In Singapore Instil Eco-Friendly Habits In Kids

Find out how these international schools promote sustainability on and off campus – and inspire students to be their greenest.

Going green is not a one-way-street. Which is why these international schools are committed to inculcating eco-friendly and sustainable habits in its little ones.

Whether it’s weaving eco-consciousness into its curriculum, or encouraging little tots to make better choices for the planet, these internationals schools share their eco-friendly, green tips.

Learn about how these international schools in Singapore instil eco-friendly habits in its students, below.

Australian International School (AIS)

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“Our school has invested in a waste recycling machine that takes food scraps from the canteen to create up to 15 kilograms of organic fertiliser, which is then used in the school gardens. Our Elementary pupils are also involved through their Eco-warrior CCA (Co-curricular Activity), where pupils develop initiatives to help teach others about the environment. Furthermore, for every level, we have created Sustainability Ambassadors – teachers who make a positive change by passing on sustainability messages and fostering interest among students to make eco-friendly choices.”

– Felicity Meltesen, Year 5 Classroom Teacher and Paul Quon, Year 4 Classroom Teacher

Chatsworth International School

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(image: Chatsworth International School)

“Leaders of Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP) is a student-initiated environmental organisation with clubs set up across various schools internationally. Within Chatsworth, we have created a branch of the LEAP Club as an environmental CCA led by a few students. They have implemented No Trash Tuesdays, encouraging students to bring and use only reusable masks, food containers and utensils every Tuesday. Students also organise clothing drives, where they encourage staff and students to donate used and unused clothes, which are given to Greensquare, an organisation that promotes sustainability through recycling.”

– Abigail Melisa, Secondary Teacher and LEAP Club In-Charge

Dulwich College (Singapore)

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“At Dulwich, students are excited to be immersed in the new Forest School site on campus. Forest School at Dulwich uses the outdoor environment to deliver high-quality learning experiences and was introduced by Alex Hall-Gray, a Nursery teacher specialising in Early Years teaching. The natural landscape provides environmental and ethical awareness, as students interact with nature. Interactions with nature also allow students to develop emotional resilience and confidence.”

– Jason Hoppner, Director of Admissions and Marketing

EtonHouse International School

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“EtonHouse has year-long farm-to-table harvesting projects, where children grow amazing herbs and vegetables in mandala planters. In this project, they consider how to be sustainable: Greens are grown to feed people and animals, and the balance is used as fertiliser. Additionally, our school uses a paper recycling vending machine, which is courtesy of a local environmentally friendly company that advocates ‘Recycle To Save The Environment’. The children enjoy feeding used paper into the machine and having recycled paper returned to them in a bundle, to experience the full process of recycling and reusing.”

– Lisamarie Hughes, Principal of EtonHouse International School Sentosa

NEXUS International School (Singapore)

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“Our students are always encouraged to ‘think green’ in everything they do. We have labels in a variety of languages to remind students to switch off the air conditioner and lights after use. They are encouraged to refuse plastic whenever they can, too. Most of our learners bring reusable straws and cutlery, thanks to our previous ‘Say No to Straws’ campaign, and in collaboration with catering staff to remove plastic bottles and cutlery from dining halls.”

– Representatives from NEXUS International School (Singapore)

Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS)

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“We work with Sembcorp to create a programme to recycle used papers, plastics, metal cans and glass bottles. We also use sensors or Presto taps in most of our toilets to save water. SMMIS runs a series of Kiss the Ground days, where students work in vertical groups while viewing the documentary of the same name, and learn about the science of ‘CO2 drawdown’ to fight climate change. They carry out an eco-audit of the school, too, and formulate action plans to present to the senior leadership team for effective change at SMMIS.”

– Ali Cipriano, Vice Principal & Head of Secondary School

Stamford American International School (SAIS)

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“In 2020, SAIS spearheaded a Rare Tree Forest initiative in collaboration with Elango Velautham, a Deputy Director with the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This initiative took ‘root’ in the Grade 9 Science curriculum and Field Studies programme and eventually became a whole school project about creating ecological sustainability at Stamford. The Rare Tree Forest site was inaugurated by planting endangered species of trees indigenous to the region and Singapore. The students have since developed a Rooftop Garden and Nursery where they design, plant and harvest an edible landscape of vegetables, herbs and fruits in commemoration of Earth Day.”

– Rhonda Wiens, MYP Coordinator (High School)

St. Joseph’s Institution International (SJII) Elementary School

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(image: St. Joseph’s Institution International Elementary School)

“SJII has a group of volunteer students called the Eco Activists, who create strategies for implementing environment-friendly practices within our school. These students highlight environmental concerns at the school through our ESTV in-house television channel, school newspaper, mini-assemblies and other activities. Our Eco Activists also walk through the school during lunchtime to check that the classroom lights and air conditioners are turned off. In addition, our Elementary Parent Support Group (EPSG) has established a specific portfolio to consider and encourage growth as a community, in terms of environmental thinking and impact.”

– Clayton Cumming, Service Coordinator

Tanglin Trust School

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(image: Tanglin Trust School)

“Tanglin Trust School has many visible reminders of the need to be sustainable around campus, including upcycling projects such as classroom equipment storage containers made from packing boxes – and even an old piano that was freshly decorated by our Art CCA club. We also have a very active Green Team and Eco monitors who share ideas with their teachers and peers. The Green Team members help to check that we are switching off air conditioners and lights when not in use, avoiding single-use plastics, using reusable bags and taking care of our garden spaces.”

– John Ridley, Director of Learning

By Arshi Iqbal for The Finder Kids Vol. 31, September 2021

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