The WESSA Eco Programme consists of 5 main focus areas, which include:
- RESOURCE USE – The use of our natural resources and how we can conserve it | Our carbon footprint
- GLOBAL AND LOCAL ISSUES – Areas of National | International concern
- NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY – Embracing nature & her Eco-systems
- HEALTHY LIVING – Encouraging a healthy lifestyle | Healthy body, mind, spirit & fun
- 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 2nd decade, also known as the Diamond Decade you also have to take on an additional Specialist Area for each decade year.
Current Eco Status:
Beaumont joined the WESSA Eco schools programme in 2008. Since then, we have been awarded:
- 2009: Green Flag Status
- 2010: Bronze Flag status
- 2011: Silver Flag Status
- 2012: Gold Flag Status
- 2013: International Flag Status – Year of Local and Global issues (Swop Shop)
- 2014: 1st Platinum Flag Status – Year of Water
- 2015: 2nd Platinum Flag Status – The Year of Soil
- 2016: 3rd Platinum Flag Status – The Year of Pulses
- 2017: 4th Platinum Flag Status – The Year of Eco tourism
- 2018: Our Diamond Decade Year – Coffee table book reflecting on the past 10 years
- 2019: Diamond Decade Bronze Status – Special theme: Climate change
- 2020: Diamond Decade Silver Status – Special theme: Biodiversity & Nature
- 2021: Diamond Decade Green Flag Status – Special theme: Energy
- 2022: We are currently in our 4th Diamond Decade year – working towards our Gold Decade Status – Special Theme: Waste Management
Other awards include:
- 3rd place in Consol glass competition (2008)
- 1st place in Consol glass competition (2009)
- 3rd place in World Environment competition (2010)
- Gold Certificate for our efforts (2012)
- Waste to Wealth Award (2013)
- Eco teacher of the year Award (2013)
- The Green Business Award for recycling efforts (2014)
- Eco Logic Award for uplifting the community (2015)
- TOP 5 WESSA Eco School (2016)
- 1st Place in RSA Beach clean-up competition (2017)
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:
- 3 Eco gardens (Established respectively in 2009 & 2020) – These gardens’ 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 (Established in 2020) – Our famous Cape Flora.
- Food forest (established in 2020) – A fruit tree 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.
- We also donate to numerous Charities and Outreach programmes, including, (but not limited to), the Animal Welfare, Bright Lights, Toys for joy, Jersey Jive and the Sweethearts Foundation.
- We also have weekly drives which include:
- Recycling drive – reduce, re-use, repurpose, recycle (bottle tops & bread tags)
- Beaumont is trying hard to reduce its carbon footprint by harvesting the sun’s energy. We currently have over 400 Photovoltaic panels on our school’s roof and only use LED lights. We installed an energy bank to store the sun’s energy. Loadshedding is something of the past for Beaumont.
- 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.
- 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 initiated & started up a Recycling Swop Shop that operated from October 2013 – December 2020 at Sir Lowry’s Pass Primary School. In this project, learners of the community were encouraged to clean their immediate environment by bringing bags of recycling to the Swop Shop. They received points according to how much recycling they have brought in. They then redeemed these points in the Swop Shop for items of clothing, school stationery, school uniforms, books, toys or toiletries. In this way the environment was kept clean and the children were taking an active role in creating a greener future. We have now handed the Swop Shop over to the Sir Lowry’s Pass Creative Development NPC, who will continue the great work that we have started. Their involvement in the SLP community will spread even wider and further, as they will also run with community upliftment projects such as river clean-ups, etc.
- A new community project was initiated in collaboration with HART (Helderberg Animal Rescue Team) and TOP (The Outreach Programme), where Beaumont became involved in an animal fostering programme. Our Grade 3 learners and teachers run with this project. The aim is to teach children that if you can adopt, adopt. If you can’t adopt, then foster. If you can’t foster, then donate. If you can’t donate, then offer time. We encourage our parents to act as fosters for kittens and puppies. These animals are then sent to school daily where the Grade 3 learners can interact with and learn more about caring for animals. The whole school contribute to donations for both HART and TOP in Term 1 and 3.