Beaumont Primary is an Eco School
The school has a very strong Eco ethos which is evident when you walk through the grounds, down the passages and into the classrooms. Learners, teachers and parents stand together in the pledge which they have undertaken to maintain our eco standards.
Beaumont joined the WESSA Eco schools programme in 2008. Since then, we have been awarded Green Flag Status in 2009, Bronze Flag status in 2010, Silver Flag Status in 2011, Gold Flag Status in 2012, International Flag Status in 2013 and 1st Platinum Flag Status in 2014. We are currently, (2017), in our 4th Platinum year.
Other awards include:
- Gold Certificate in 2012 for our efforts
- The Green Business Award in 2014 for recycling efforts
- In 2016, Beaumont has been voted One of South Africa’s Big 5 Eco Schools
The Platinum Programme includes:
- RESOURCE USE – The use of our natural resources and how we can conserve them
- GLOBAL AND LOCAL ISSUES – How we work to help provide food where it is needed
- NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY – Embracing nature
- HEALTHY LIVING – Encouraging a healthy lifestyle
- COMMUNITY AND HERITAGE – Our community and appreciation for different cultures
Our Eco Code and Conduct proposes that:
- We will provide an education system to promote resource conservation and environmental education
- We will develop and make available inclusive sites of learning
- We will ensure that all learners are enabled to participate actively in conservation
- We will teach learners to respect one another and work towards the uplifting of all areas of society
- We will teach our learners to preserve the world’s dwindling resources and promote nature conservation
Ongoing and recent projects:
- Over and above the usual upkeep of our normal Eco garden, and in light of the severe drought we have experienced this year (2017), each learner in the school donated a Water wise plant and a bottle of grey water. Our Grade 1 parents and learners participated in a planting day, creating our very first Water wise garden.
- The Grade 2 learners are in charge of making compost every year. The compost is then used in the Grade 3 Vegetable and Herb garden. All produce then gets donated to a needy organisation.
- The Grade 4 learners upgraded the area outside their classrooms by recycling tyres, plastic bottles, bottle tops, pallets, etc. These all form part of the “Hanging gardens of Beaumont”
- The whole school also observes special days and celebrations on the Eco calendar such as Earth Hour, World Wetlands Day, World Environment Day, World Health Day, World food day, World Rhino day, Heritage Day, Arbour day, Mandela day and many more.
- Annually support is given to numerous Charities and Outreach programmes, including, (but not limited to), the Animal Welfare, Bright Lights, Toys for joy, Jersey Jive, World Smile day, etc.
- We have weekly drives, once again for whole school participation, such as the:
- Recycling drive
- Sandwich drive
- Swop Shop drive
- This year, (2017), we also decided to harvest the sun’s energy by installing Photovoltaic panels on our school’s roof. By doing so, we not only cut down on electricity costs, but also on our carbon footprints.
Our Swop Shop
Our school motto is “Ut Prosim” (In order to serve). We believe that true excellence is achieved by using our success to enrich the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves. Beaumont is very excited about the Recycling Swop Shop that we started in October 2013. The shop operates from Sir Lowry’s Pass Primary School. In this project, learners of the community are encouraged to clean their immediate environment by bringing bags of recycling to the Swop Shop. They receive points according to how much recycling they have brought in. They then redeem these points in the Swop Shop for items of clothing, school stationery, school uniforms, books, toys or toiletries. In this way the environment is kept clean and the children are taking an active role in creating a greener future.