Local schools get wind smart

2018-06-21 06:00
Grade 3 learners from local community schools visited Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm as part of the Global Wind Day festivities, to learn more about the clean energy that wind provides us with.                            Photo:SUPPLIED

Grade 3 learners from local community schools visited Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm as part of the Global Wind Day festivities, to learn more about the clean energy that wind provides us with. Photo:SUPPLIED

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SINCE 2014, local schools in the Kouga area have been celebrating Global Wind Day, which takes place each year on June 15.

Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm has once again invited learners to join in the festivities, by participating in a Natural Sciences schools competition, which explores the ‘movement of the air’. The programme runs over a three-week period and fits in with Life Skills in the Foundation Phase, which includes scientific concepts and scientific process skills.

Grades 2 and 3 learners have fun conducting experiments that show how air moves, demonstrating the process and resulting in an essay or image. Grade 1 learners choose between a simple observation experiment or a creative art activity to illustrate an aspect of air or wind, such as washing on the line or playing a wind instrument.

“We are pleased to once again be partaking in Global Wind Day, a day when we celebrate the clean energy that the wind provides us,” says Mr Nichols, Vice-Principal of Pellsrus Primary School.

Winners of the competition, across the various grades and schools have been invited to spend the day celebrating Global Wind Day 2018 at Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm. All participants receive certificates and schools are rewarded with a gift of reading books, to encourage the joys of reading.

The participating schools form part of a Literacy Programme that is run in partnership with the Department of Education and ITEC and is supported by the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

“This Global Wind Day natural sciences competition, gives us the ideal opportunity to teach learners about the importance of clean, green energy,” says Hlengiwe Radebe, Economic Development Director of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

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