On Friday September 28th the first trees were planted in ISS school gardens on National Tree Planting day. Trees, shrubs and plants were kindly donated by the Wildlife clubs of Seychelles coordinator Mr Terence Vel. Bwa Blanc and Bwa de rose are trees commonly found by mangrove areas and they should flourish where they were planted by members of the Secondary Eco school club. Other endemic plants were donated by the Biodiversity centre at Barbarons. Orangine and Rose de Venzeuela are rare endemic plants that we hope to protect and encourage in our gardens. Many thanks to the National Botanical Gardens Foundation for these and other plants.
ISS students have also become bitten by the gardening bug and many thanks to parents who donated plants to the school. The children in our Eco team planted and watered the plants they brought in. The Medicinal Garden is already doing very well and we have several flowering plants too. We hope that Junior Student council will keep up the good work watering all the new additions to our gardens.
We are very happy with the response to our request for plants and the children have enjoyed being part of our Eco school plans to develop the school grounds. Thank you.
On Friday 14th September, 6E led the weekly junior assembly and this week their chosen theme was ‘Clean up the World!’ The class used the opportunity to show some of the marvelous creations which they had made using items which would have otherwise ended up in the bins; as well as showing posters to remind all the students of ISS how to be more ecologically friendly. The highlight however was a screening to the rest of the juniors of the News film which they had created together in class. Well done 6E!
ISS participated in Clean up the World week and teamed up with Ocean Project, STIF and LMWA to put on Seychelles Biggest Beach Clean up . Students, teachers and parents of the school got together with locals of Baie Lazare to clean up Anse Gaulette just one of the beaches in this project.
59 adults and children worked tirelessly for over an hour removing a wide range of bottles, cans, plastic bags, tissues, burst balloons, bottle tops and broken glass from the beach crest and surroundings. Plastic bottles were sorted separately and everyone was horrified to see how much litter was polluting this beautiful beach. Plastic pollution is a massive problem in our oceans today and the participants were encouraged to say ‘No to Plastic’ whenever they can. Children who participated will receive certificates and we wish to thank the parents, teachers and children of ISS who joined in this tremendous effort as well others in our community who helped in the clean up of the other 24 beaches in Seychelles that were targeted on the 15th September. Let’s keep our beaches clean and stop single use plastic!