Eco-Schools 

The Eco-Schools programme is an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that was developed to support environmental learning in the classroom. The programme is active in 58 countries around the world and has been implemented in South Africa since 2003 by WESSA. The programme is aimed at creating awareness and action around environmental sustainability in schools and their surrounding communities as well as supporting ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) in the national curriculum. With over 50% of the content in some CAPS subjects being environmental in nature Eco-Schools makes a positive contribution towards improving education in South Africa.

 

In 2014 we achieved Bronze status, and in 2015 we received a Silver award.  In 2016 we achieved green flag status.

 

Stepping Stones is dedicated to the global Montessori philosophy and offers a stimulating learning environment that is child-centred, culturally diverse and relaxed; where young children are nurtured and encouraged to be environmentally conscious, independent thinkers.

Our Eco-Code

We aim to continue to develop awareness and respect for our environment amongst the children, parents, staff and our broader community.

  • We care for our school grounds & building spaces.
  • We maintain a safe place for animals and plant species that found in our area: birds, squirrels, porcupines, fish, frogs, guinea fowl & Egyptian geese.
  • We plant and are preserving indigenous trees & water-wise plants.
  • We recycle & minimise wastage.
  • We use water and electricity sparingly.
  • We close doors when an air conditioning unit is on inside a room.
  • We implement current environmental issue theme work within our classrooms & follow where possible, the WESSA environmental calendar.
  • We actively involve parents, staff & the community in the environmental calendar, themes & incorporate both local & international events.

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Our Eco Themes

The school has been a community recycling depot collection point for many years in collaboration with the Oasis Association.

In 2016 our theme is Community and Heritage.

  • We had a very successful school concert called African Tales, that celebrated the different languages and cultures of South Africa.
  • A language policy is being developed for the school to provide the children with more exposure to isiXhosa.
  • We have already initiated some learings about isiXhosa in the school, including an isiXhosa song and dance session.
  • The children are also going on an excursion of the Field of Springs in order to appreciate Cape Town as a historic water station and to implement ideas for water-saving at school and at home.

In 2015 we implemented the Healthy Living theme and expanded on our Recycling theme of 2014 by including batteries and e-waste.