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Eco School

ECO SCHOOL

Beaumont Primary is an Eco School with a very strong Eco ethos.  It is especially 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.

Current Eco Status:

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
  • 1st4thPlatinum Flag Status from 2014-2017
  • Diamond Decade status in 2018
  • We are currently, (2020), in our 2nd of 10 Diamond Decade years

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

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
Eco Award 2015 and 2016
Wessa BMPS

The WESSA Eco Programme consists of 5 main focus areas, which includes:

  • RESOURCE USE – The use of our natural resources and how we can conserve them
  • GLOBAL AND LOCAL ISSUES – Areas of National / International concern
  • NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY – Embracing nature & her Eco-systems
  • HEALTHY LIVING – Encouraging a healthy lifestyle
  • COMMUNITY AND HERITAGE – Supporting those around us & respecting different cultures

The above areas must be maintained throughout the 20-year programme in order to keep your Eco school status. However, during the Diamond Decade you also take on an additional Specialist Area for each decade year. 

In 2019 we chose Climate Change and in 2020 our focus will be on Biodiversity & Nature.

 

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:

  • Beaumont boasts many different types of gardens:
    • Eco (fairy) garden (Established in 2012) – This garden’s sole purpose is to attract our pollinators, e.g. bees, butterflies, chameleons & ladybirds
    • Vegetable & Herb garden (Established in 2013) – To learn all about produce and sustainability, compost, earthworms & companion planting
    • Hanging gardens of Beaumont (Established in 2015) – Planting in urban areas
    • Water-wise garden (Established in 2017) – Drought resistant plants
    • Fynbos garden (To be established in 2020) – Our famous Cape Flora
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Eco “Fairy” garden

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Veg & Herb garden

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Beaumont’s Hanging gardens

Eco Garden 3

Water-wise garden

  • 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.
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Arbour day

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Rhino protection

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Recycling fashion show

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Language & Heritage day

  • We also donate 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.
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Bright Lights

Recycling

World Smile day

  • We also have weekly drives which include:
    • Recycling drive – reduce, re-use, repurpose, recycle
    • Sandwich drive – collected and delivered to needy schools in our area
Sandwitch Drive
Eco Days
  • Beaumont is trying hard to reduce its carbon footprint by harvesting the sun’s energy. We currently have 299 Photovoltaic panels on our school’s roof and only use LED lights.
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  • We have also invested in numerous Water tanks, connected to our borehole, for flushing of toilets, watering the gardens, backwashing the swimming pool and harvesting rainwater.
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Water tanks 1
  • 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.

Swop Shop 1
Swop Shop 2