School’s project a caring teacher

2018-07-03 06:01
Interact Club members from different schools commit to clean the stretch of Liesbeek River towards St Joseph’s College.

Interact Club members from different schools commit to clean the stretch of Liesbeek River towards St Joseph’s College.

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Bishops Diocesan College in Rondebosch will embark on their second school collaborated programme aimed at encouraging learners from various schools to give back to society on Sunday 5 August.

This is reportedly the school’s long-term school-based collaborative project, titled Schools for the Liesbeek, run under Bishops Interact Club.

It challenges schools along the Liesbeek River to join hands in cleaning and maintaining the stretch of the river.

Peter Hyslop, head of the arts department at Bishops Diocesan College, says by encouraging learners to work on collaborative community service projects, the school is trying to develop an awareness of the importance of contributing to civil society.

He says the project teaches learners the importance of being involved in serving the community and showing them that caring for the environment and looking after the natural resources is one of many important ways of serving the community.

“The response from the learners has been overwhelmingly positive, and we have already had commitments from our partner schools to join us for the next event themed Schools for the Liesbeek Action #2.”

This will follow three months after the success of the school’s first school collaborated programme that was called water scarcity and management. The project saw members of the club participating in a clean-up on Sunday 22 April. On the day learners cleaned the canalised section of the Liesbeek River starting near the Rosebank Green all the way up to St Joseph’s College.

Members of the Interact Club include Rondebosch Boys High School, Claremont High School, San Souci Girls School in Newlands, and SACS in Rondebosch, Earth Children group from Rustenburg Girls High School in Rondebosch and Inspire group from St Thomas’ church.

The school reportedly works closely with the Rotary Club of Claremont as the sponsor of the Bishops Interact Club, the Friends of the Liesbeek, the City of Cape Town, Dr Kevin Winter from UCT, Green Anglican and St Thomas Anglican Church.

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