Primary school wins competition

2017-08-31 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedSiphakamile Primary pupils who won an award and their teacher (from left) Asanda Ndwalane, Mlondi Ngwade, Lungelo Dlangamandla, Gugu Nzimande (teacher), Samkelisiwe Ntobela and Mlondi Shezi.

PHOTO: suppliedSiphakamile Primary pupils who won an award and their teacher (from left) Asanda Ndwalane, Mlondi Ngwade, Lungelo Dlangamandla, Gugu Nzimande (teacher), Samkelisiwe Ntobela and Mlondi Shezi.

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A TEAM from Siphakamile Combined Primary in Bhobhoyi did their school proud when they won first prize at the Water Explorer competition in Howick last Thursday.

The school is in a very poor area and is not well-resourced. They were competing against teams from Howick High, Laddsworth Primary, Danville Park Girls High and Northdene Prep.

They walked away with the Water Explore Tap trophy and R10 000, which will go towards their eco projects.

The WESSA Water Explorer Programme is an online fun, inspiring and educational programme that empowers pupils across the world to lead joint action on water issues for their schools and communities.

Key to Siphakamile’s success has been their permaculture garden that supplies the school and needy pupils with healthy food year round.

Their grey water project also enables the school to be involved and take responsibility in ensuring the garden survives during the dry months and drought.

With 24 Jojo tanks on site they are able to harvest 60 000 litres of water, and bucket-and-basin systems outside each classroom has ensured that every drop counts.

They have started an indigenous tree nursery which they have used to increase shade in their grounds and supply other schools with trees for their Arbor Day events.

The school also participates in beach and river clean-ups.

- Supplied.

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