Participating Secondary Schools
The Environment Club participates in a wide variety of activities such as applying what they have learnt in science to produce green products like organic soap, orange oil, candle in the jar and most recently, hydroponic vegetables.
Every year, they would head to Bukit Timah Food Centre to raise awareness about returning trays after use. The students would give out tissue paper packets designed by them to the public which have little cartoons that show the action of returning trays. Through this, they can inform more people about the importance and benefits of returning their trays, explaining that they can help the elderly cleaners and highlighting that it is their responsibility to clean up after themselves. This allows the students to practice their speaking skills in front of strangers and boosts their confidence.
The following are a few more of their projects:
1. Green Schools for Biodiversity, organised by NParks (ongoing)
2. Urban farming and Aquaponics and worm-tea making (ongoing)
3. Ecolibrium for Primary School Students. In this ecotrail, Environment Club members bring primary school students around the green facilities in BVSS and enlighten the students of green initiatives in the school, such as the implementation of solar panels.
4. Tree Care Day: Secondary 1 students are taught how to care for plants with the help and guidance of the Environment Club members.
5. Annual Student Environmental Leadership Conference (SELC), during which neighbouring primary school students are brought to the school to learn more about the environment, as well as BVSS’ environmental projects and facilities.
6. Junior OUtstanding Leaders in Energy for Sustainability (JOULES) Programme. This 4-year programme aims to provide students with knowledge and experience in design thinking, coding, programming, environment and sustainable energy, and emphasises the development of environmental student leadership. The JOULES programme also provides scholarships for students who show a keen interest in environment and sustainable energy as well as leadership potential in advocating and pursuing these areas.
As part of the JOULES Programme, the school organised the Green Wave Movement Effort and planted a large variety of trees at the Amphitheatre. (https://bukitviewsec.moe.edu.sg/joules-programme/our-green-wave-movement-effort-at-amphitheatre/)
7. Booth at the Clean and Green Carnival, where projects from the JOULES program were showcases. A few students were also there to raise awareness about common environmental issues through games and other hands-on activities.
CTSS has a weekly recycling roster where they collect reusable packaging found in recycling bins and bring them to the recycling corner to be sorted out.
They also have a monthly newspaper collection, where students can place unwanted newspapers in small wooden bins at the back of each classroom. On collection day, the student representatives from each class will tie the newspapers neatly in raffia strings and bring them to the recycling corner. There is also a competition where the class that collects the most amount of newspapers wins. The newspapers collected are recycled or reused for projects like Art and DNT.
Environment Commemorative Days, such as World Water Day and Youth for the Environment Day are planned and executed by the school’s NE (National Education) Ambassadors. They are also involved in promoting messages of eco living to the heartlands through the HDB Heartland Ambassadors Programme. The NE Ambassadors act as Environment Ambassadors as they promote the message of environmental conservation and environmental advocacy to their peers and actively participate in environmental-related VIA (Values in Action) projects
As part of the Service-Learning programme, Secondary 2 students are required to engage in Service-Learning that impacts the environment of the Clementi community. They are involved in a recycling outreach programme where they publicised and collected recyclables from residents in the Clementi neighbourhood.
CTSS has taken part in many nationwide environmental events and competitions. Additionally, in 2019, CTSS held a tree-planting ceremony in the school garden to raise awareness on environmental issues.
The environmental journey in CVSS has been a long but improving and sustaining one, as the developments in the school and students have been shown through their actions.
The school and the Environment Club has arranged activities such as learning journeys to the outdoors, indoor learning experiences and different lessons on the current status of the environment.
The Environment Club has taken part in community outreach programmes such as the International Coastal Clean-Up and North East Clean & Green Carnival. The Environment Club also organised learning journeys to Pulau Hantu as well as S.E.A Aquarium in order to heighten environmental awareness in our students.
The Environment Champions attended workshops, such as the Environment Champions Workshop and the Panasonic-NEA Environment Champions (Schools) Industry Module – Secondary Schools organised by NEA to enhance their environmental knowledge. In partnership with PUB, the Environmental Club adopted Sengkang Floating Wetland and developed the Friends of Water Programme. With NParks, they embarked on the Greening Schools for Biodiversity Programme under the Community in Nature Initiative to enable our ECs to better appreciate and conserve our natural biodiversity.
CVSS hosts a programme for Secondary 1 students to collect discardable items from the residents in the neighbourhood
Last year, the Environment Club collaborated with NPCC in collecting recyclable materials.
Students also reused materials such as plastic for art projects.
Dunearn Secondary School achieved the Top Vanda Miss Joaquim Award 2019 at the School Green Awards.
Climate Action Week 2019 (17-23 July)
Dunearn Secondary School’s Environment Champions had conducted a series of waste reduction activities, such as conducting a Values Talk on waste management, putting up posters to encourage reducing, reusing and recycling, and holding a recycling drive in the school.
To raise awareness about climate change and the importance of climate action, parents are also encouraged to take a climate action pledge.
The Environment Club holds assembly skits/talks/quizzes where they share about zero waste and other environmental issues. They would invite people on stage to answer some questions and give gifts to those who got it right.
They also have upcycling activities, such as a tote bag making competition within the Environment Club CCA as well as the school. During CCA, they would think of upcycling project ideas and split into groups to test it out with used materials. Additionally, they have rolled out a Food Waste Reduction Campaign and have removed straws from the canteen. They have also started a garden. Some of their programmes include Earth Week and World Water Day.
In 2019, they took part in the Rain Garden Competition.
In the canteen, there are recycling bins specially meant for aluminium cans. GYSS also has solar panels.
The Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in GYSS allows students to learn about environmental science for sustainable living. In each lower secondary year, students go through one semester of STEM module, where they learn about solar energy being a form of sustainable energy (Sec 1), and maximising urban land through vertical farming (Sec 2). Students will translate their learning into a project at the end of the modules.
GYSS Green Club aims to provide a platform for members to advocate for change in practices for a more environmentally-friendly world. Students have the chance to physically interact with nature, engage themselves in urban gardening and practice ways of being green (e.g. 3Rs, sustainable living practices).
Key activities include:
Sales of seasonal harvest, preparation and sales of in-house upcycled products
An edible garden where they have plants with edible and medicinal value. They also have worm tea (the end result of steeping worm castings or vermicompost in water) that helps plants grow better.
HCI High School Green Council, established in 2001, is a student-led council where like-minded environmental-loving individuals come together to spread the idea of going green among the student population. Our councillors are dedicated individuals who, being motivated by our motto of “Go Green before the Green Goes”, set aside time from their academic and CCA commitments to run various initiatives
To hone our leadership and communication skills, as well as to increase our exposure, we send our councillors to participate in international events such as Global Link Singapore @ NTU and local forums such as North West Youth Forum – Sustainability.
The Green Council consists of 3 pillars, namely:
Hydroponics Team: Responsible for running the hydroponics plant & farm, and selling the produce. They are also responsible for conducting hydroponics lessons for lower sec students in the science olympiad program.
Logistics Team: Responsible for manning the thrift shop-where we sell second-hand textbooks, uniform, and stationery at $1 each.
Special Committee: Responsible for the council’s publicity and outreach through regularly updating our instagram account(@hcgreencouncil) and pasting posters around the school(and in toilets). They also spearhead new initiatives, such as opening a Green Cafe and building a plant wall.
Farming and Hydroponics, where plants are grown organically
Collectively, we organise and execute a wide array of events throughout the course of the year. For example, we organise Environmental Science Sabbaticals twice a year, where we bring our juniors and their peers from other schools to visit environmental areas in Singapore, such as Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Oh Chin Huat Hydroponics Farm, and S.E.A. Aquarium. We also work closely with the green ambassadors from each class to organize termly plastic bottle collection competitions, after which we wash the plastic bottles to reuse or recycle them. In 2017, we arranged and spray-painted 1,600 bottles to form the Singapore flag(which was recorded in the Singapore Book of Records as the “Largest National Flag Made Of Plastic Bottles”. Similarly, we arranged plastic bottles to form Hwa Chong’s 100th Anniversary Logo.
Trips to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Oh Chin Huat Hydroponics Farm.
HC 100 logo made with plastic bottles
Our flagship event-Green Week, which falls on the week with Earth Day, comprises of a week-long of fun and interesting events, including:
– Instagram Photography Challenge
– Climate Change Convention
– Environmental Gameshow
– Movie Screening
– Wear Green Day
– Ice Cream & Merch Sales
Ice Cream & Merchandise sales
We also work closely with our school leaders to implement environmental policies, such as styNOfoam and air-con policy, to ban the use of styrofoam packing and encourage upper sec students to switch off their air-conditioning from 8-9 am, respectively.
JWSS Environment Club has hosted an Eco Day, which was a carnival where people could learn more about the environment and how to properly recycle E-Waste. They made booths and games to teach people about e-waste and recycling in a fun and interactive way and invited external vendors to collect e-waste for recycling purposes. They also had a Biodiversity Trail which introduced the different plants, animals and biodiversity at the back of their school and allows participants to appreciate plants and the little things in life.
A book donation drive is also held in school, where students are encouraged to donate instead of toss textbooks. Textbooks are donated to Fairprice Share-A-Textbook program. Textbooks can be given to people who need them, and paper is saved in the process.
JWSS has also pushed out Captain Planet Initiative which aims to promote school and classroom cleanliness. Cleanliness inspection are carried out and classes are awarded points based on cleanliness and class decoration. At the end of the semester, classes with the cleanest classrooms and nicest decorations are given an award.
Annually, they organise a Teachers’ Day Upcycling Sale, an initiative to thank our teachers by gifting them with eco-friendly, hand-made gifts. Materials sourced are upcycled and be made into useful everyday items.
At the beginning of this year, they started an initiative to ban all one use plastic in the school canteen in an effort to raise awareness about the use of plastic, and how it can affect our environment.
The MGS Environment Committee comprises a group of empowered students seeking positive environmental change in their school. They rally the school through projects, oversee the Environment Representatives of each class, and give feedback to the school by advising them on sustainable pathways and encouraging the undertaking of eco-practices.
The Environment Committee is currently planning a Straw-Free Campaign and they plan to execute it when school reopens. It will feature posters/infographics, online pledging, morning announcements, mass emails and social media posts on their recently re-established Instagram account @green_team_mg. Every Monday, they will post a vegan recipe on their Instagram page, also known as Meatless Monday. They also post information about the different types of vegan food and popular vegan restaurants in Singapore.
The Environment Representatives from each class will clear the recycle bins provided and aid the Green Committee in their projects if needed.
Past initiatives from the Environment Committee include:
A BYO Campaign where students who brought their own containers for lunch break would get one chop on a BYO pledge card. Having 10 chops would allow them to redeem a free water bottle. Environment Representatives also set up a booth to raise awareness about plastic pollution.
Assembly talks, where they had invited Mr Mark Shaw (Director of WWF for Nature) to speak about plastic pollution. A group of Sec 3 geography students also shared about reducing consumerism.
Storybook Donation Drive & Exchange, where they asked for donations of preloved story books and allowed students to take the books they wanted.
Greensquare Textile Workshop, where they partnered with Greensquare Textile Recycling to collect used textiles for recycling. Greensquare Textile Recycling collects used textiles and sends them to less-developed countries. Their representatives also came to teach students how to turn used T-shirts into tote bags.
A booth at MGS’ STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) Week, which had the theme of Sustainability. Their booth included Kahoot quizzes, pledges and infographics, and featured some of their produce from their Garden.
They intended to have a big event for Earth Week, however, their plans were cut short due to the implementation of Home-Based Learning. Since then, they have made a lot of internal changes, and will continue to develop internally so as to push out better initiatives in the coming months.
The vision of NJ Greenlink, “Nurturing a Green Conscience in Everyone”, has been the driving force for every initiative that Greenlink has embarked on. The overall goal of the projects introduced is to sustain green efforts in both NJC and the community around NJC. Greenlink focuses on three main aspects of environmental conservation, namely the preservation and enhancement of biodiversity, waste minimisation and waste management. This is achieved via a three step model of raising awareness about environmental issues, sharing knowledge on how to take action and driving people to action. NJC promotes green activities both inside and outside of their college.
Within their campus, NJC has a de-straw campaign in which they sold metal straws to most of their schoolmates. Occasionally, they put out challenges to encourage the students to continue using their metal straws.
(a) Under a vermicomposting project, greenlink members take leftover vegetable and food scraps from the canteen to feed their worms, thus minimising food waste. Additionally, they collect fertilizer from their vermicomposting factories and use them in their own school garden.
(b) Through their student-initiated “say NO! To disposable” project, they focus on reducing their reliance on disposables and single-use plastics. They would get one student from every class in the lower cohorts to collect plastics and other recyclables.
(c) They also have a swap-a-holic corner that allows students to exchange textbooks, among other things.
They also regularly conduct e-recycling talks and have an e-recycling corner in their school as well.
Externally, they organise outreach programs to teach people in the community about vermicomposting and how to make your very own mini worm factory to bring home.
Additionally, members of NJC Greenlink act as tour guides bringing around the public to see the biodiversity the school garden offers.
NUS High Goes Green (NUSH GG)
NUS High Goes Green, established in 2019 and carried out by the Students’ Council, is an initiative that seeks to raise awareness about recycling in NUSH. Last year, they tried to install a food composter and remove plastic straws. This year, due to the Covid-19 situation, they were not able to do much except plan out ideas they would like to implement when school reopens.
Additionally, NUSH is involved in coastal cleanups.
QTSS has invited a presenter from Earth Society to conduct a Global Warming Assembly talk for lower secondary students. They presented on how Global warming is affecting the world and showcased various solutions to climate change. (Plant trees, Eat less meat, Green energy and 3Rs.) They also presented on global water usage and what the students can do to save water.After the talk, the presenters from Earth Society set up a booth at the school canteen to share more info on global warming.
They have also participated in NP-BCA Design Challenge organised by Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Building and Construction Authority for students to spur creativity in their everyday lives and received Merit Award. The design ideas for this competition are to be architecturally suitable to serve a few set criteria. The challenge is to design a structure to enhance the effects of daylighting in interiors in the most sustainable way while also taking into consideration the aesthetics of their design solution.
During Earth Day, QTSS teachers did a presentation to their students during the class contact time to spread the meaning behind conserving energy and Earth Hour. Lights and fans were switched off during the first period to observe Earth Hour. The activity also serves to let the students experience life without electricity. Some of the teachers made use of the opportunity to conduct lessons outdoors.
Cogitare is a CCA in RGS which regularly engages in environmental activities and workshops. All CCA members are in at least one environmental organising team (OT), each spearheading a particular environmental effort:
Butterfly Garden OT: Involved in setting up and promoting the butterfly garden)
Biodiversity OT: Involved in the study of the flora and fauna within the school campus)
Environment Hub OT: involved in managing our environmental website and publicity efforts
Their VIA project (temporarily postponed), is also to be centred around environmental themes and recyclable crafts.
In addition, Cogitare leads the planning and execution of Earth Day activities each year, including assembly sharings. However the activities had to be scaled down and moved online this year. This year, they planned a schoolwide online lesson on zero waste and climate change, and organised a zero waste challenge, where students could share their efforts in working towards as an individual, class or family.
They have also created a website on zero waste, which also showcases the CCA’s and school’s environmental efforts. (https://sites.google.com/rafflesgirlssch.edu.sg/earthday2020/home)
In the school, there are various student-initiated projects that serve to spread awareness to the school community frequently throughout the year. These include CmPS projects and SVIA projects, for example Project Terra.
Additionally, there are class challenges held to spread awareness, such as growing a class plant. Newsletters about the environment are also sent to the school community through email.
Some other initiatives by Cogitare include:
(a) Zerowaste Competition
(b) 2019 Recyclable Crafts Fundraising Sales
(c) 2020 Gardening Workshop
RVHS has several initiatives, but the reach of most events are extended beyond the school, namely World Water Day, YED, Share to Care, Primary School Mentoring and Flagship Programme.
World Water day
2019 Taman Jurong Recycling Project
2019 Share To Care
2019 Kayak And Waterway Cleanup
RV Goes Green is the primary event held in school yearly. Teachers are given utensils to store takeaway from the canteen instead of using styrofoam boxes. The school banned plastic straws in the cafe and canteen but the canteen drink store still uses it. The school increased the number of recycling bins in the compound.
Another project they have done is kNOw Food 2020, which educates schoolmates about food security in Singapore, and how they can play their parts in ensuring food security by reducing food wastage, showing support for local produce and not hoarding items. This ensures more sustainable food security.
Due to COVID-19, most of the external events have been turned into internal events. RV Goes Green and Flagship Programme were moved online and publicised on their Instagram account @rv_tesla during the Circuit Breaker period.
In the past few years, SST has embarked on various environmental projects. Through “The Last Straw”, SST banned the use of straws in their school at the start of 2018.
They are currently carrying out a project titled “Save that pen” where students can dispose of used pens in a box located near the canteen, and several volunteers will dismantle the pens for further use. The types of pens that can be refilled were donated to overseas schools along with refills donated from students.
SST also holds beach clean-ups almost every year, where groups of students help to clean up the beach from rubbish and dispose of them properly.
To make the school a greener place, SST has also done another project named SELVA. Their progress has been hindered due to COVID-19 but they are determined to start again when school reopens. Some activities they have organised include giving presentations during morning assembly and quizzes during Earth Week each year.
SCGS has had many recycling efforts during school events where they would put up posters to encourage students to recycle and set up recycling corners as shown below.
Last year, SCGS organised an event called car-lite day when students are encouraged to take public transport. Those who did received a sticker from their CCA. Their classmates will then accumulate them and hand the stickers back to the CCA and the number of stickers would determine the number of class points given to the class. The class with the most stickers then won.
Some other environmental activities they did in 2019 include:
(a) Selling metal straws to promote less plastic usage,
(b) The IMPACT case study and going to Thompson Nature Park to plant as part of a greening initiative for restoration.
Planting trees @ Thomson Nature Park