As an eco-friendly school MIS encourages students and staff to look after our environment and community.
With World Environment Day this Saturday Ms Henderson, our MIS Eco Council & Sustainability Coordinator, lets us know more about what we do at MIS.
How do our Juniors students support our Eco Council?
Eco Council in Juniors at MIS is called “Eco Green Living”, we have had a focus on recycling, upcycling, reducing food waste and gardening.
Our first project was to make sure that every classroom had a recycle bin. We repurposed large boxes, turned them inside out, painted and labelled them. These boxes can be seen all over MIS from the 7th and 8th floor offices to the reception desk on the 1st floor.
Our second project was to make pencil pots out of newspaper.
Our final project in the first term was recycled paper making – we collected paper from the recycle bins in the Juniors classrooms, sorted it into useable and unusable then ripped it up or shredded it into tiny pieces.
These pieces were left to soak in water for a week and then we used a blender to turn it to mush.
After that we mixed the mush with some coloured water to make an emulsion. We swished up the emulsion and, using a mold and deckle, we started to make paper.
If took a few tries to figure out the best balance for the emulsion but in the end, we got it right.
Come see some of our handywork at the Eco Council stall at the winter fair.
Green Living CCA – ManYan Jaylene – Y3; Rock Kyran CiciL Suki – Y4; Pascal Amy Alice Isabella Joe Peter- Y5; Sunny Alisa – Y6
How does MIS Eco Council tackle food wastage?
In the second term we focused on reducing Food Waste at MIS.
We made posters and presented our findings and information at Juniors’ assembly.
How does MIS promote World Environment Day?
In the final term we have been in the garden – growing lemongrass and flowers and we have set up our sunflower-growing competition.
What is the Clan Clothing Project?
In Seniors the first project was preparing to sell our MIS Eco canvas bags and water bottles at the Winter fair.
And most recently we have been working on the problem of clothing waste.
During our research, we found that the clothing industry has a very serious impact on the environment. So, we chose to hold this second-hand clothing donation event as a Clan event.
To promote this event, Eco Council made a video for assembly, designed posters wrote letters to parents and posted on Class Dojo as well as promoting the collection by word of mouth.
We put boxes of different Clans beside the gate and registration to collect clothes. Starting on 7th March afternoon, the collection was manned by Eco Council all evening and has been continuing all week, with donations flooding in from boarding students and day pupils.
During Eco CCA the Eco Council sorted the clothes into 3 piles – children’s clothes, adult clothes and clothes for fabric recycling. And packed them into boxes then donated to the organization called Flying Ant clothing recycling. In the end, we collected over 300 kg of old clothes and completed the donation.
Over 300kg of clothes!!!
With 42kg of CO2 stopped from entering our environment!