Environment day June 5th 2019

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June 5th is celebrated as World Environment day. In ISS primary students took part in an Environmental walk around the school grounds to raise awareness of the school environment and to suggest ways of beautifying it. Primary classes looked closely at the new Wildlife, Medicinal and Vegetable gardens and many were excited to see the recently erected Mangrove platform. Many pupils enjoyed sightings of grey herons, green herons, mangroved crabs, fish, Madame Paton and even a swallow tail butterfly. They were impressed with the regrowth and success of mangrove seeds which have been replanted near the school grounds. The mangrove wetland protects our school from tsunamis and flooding and deals with the silt run off from the rivers as well as being the habitat for many animals and birds. The students suggested many ways of improving the environment and all agreed that the primary and secondary playground needs some more flowers and trees. This will be our next project and the Wildlife club has begun already planting colourful flowers in tyres and wheelbarrows that have been kindly donated by parents of the school.

Other Environment day projects included Year 2 and Year 6 visits to the Double tree Hilton where MCSS staff spoke to the children about coral and coral restoration in Seychelles. The students were able to clean the new coral plants themselves and the workshops were informative and interesting for everyone. Many thanks to Doubletree Hilton for allowing our students to use their facilities to enjoy these workshops.

 

 

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Eco Project – Year 10 Business class

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Year 10 Business class students are hoping to raise awareness to both tourists and local people to find a way to enjoy the beach without using plastic materials. Dion Obst, the Business studies teacher and the students developed ideas to create an eco- friendly party box to bring to a beach party which will not harm the environment. The students designed baskets and hats from a variety of leaves and used coconut shells as candle holders and cups. They are producing a market video which is focussing on plastic waste in particular the use of balloons on beaches in Seychelles. The students surveyed friends and family about balloons and found that these are always included in a beach party. They hope to raise awareness about the types of alternative party decorations which are eco friendly and can be used without polluting the beaches and oceans. They will produce a short educational video which will be shown on SBC.
floor of the Espace building.

 

 

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James Michel Art and Essay competition

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Students in ISS participated in the Blue Economy Essay and Art competition
organised by the James Michel Foundation. This was held with the aim of
increasing childrens’ knowledge about oceans and climate change. The
entries were from schools all over Seychelles and in the P1 to P3 category
Andrea Janavi Visvanathan from Year 1L won a prize with her very colourful
picture of life under the sea. Well done to Andrea and to everyone who
entered the competition. The art work and essays are displayed on the first
floor of the Espace building.

 

 

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Biodiversity Day May 22nd

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ISS students joined Plaisance, Mont Fleuri, Cascade and the School for the Exceptional child in a visit to the Biodiversity Centre at Barbarons. Our guide introduced the students to many fantastic endemic and introduced plants. The guided tour of these beautiful gardens made a lasting impression on our eco students from Year 6 some who had already expressed a keen interest in becoming botanists!
The day continued with a Biodiversity exhibition at Orion Mall attended by ISS students and prizewinners of the SIF Aldabra Clean up competition. 3 students at the school came away with prizes. Congratulations to Keith Francoise who won the art section by making a turtle out of plastic waste and to Jamie Hill and Mattias Valentyn whose essays were also prizewinners for both lower and upper secondary sections of the school. ISS would also like to note and acknowledge the success of two ex ISS students, Sheena Talma and Jeremy Raguin who were there at the prize giving ceremony working hard for the Seychelles Island Foundation and the Ministry of Biodiversity.

 

 

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