Kings School’s Diamond Decade

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Hope Manson has fun building the wattle and daub outdoor classroom at Kings. Article & Photo of Hope Manson: Eidin Griffin

King’s School of Nottingham Road recently received their Diamond Decade Certificate to celebrate ten years of Eco-School activities, one of only 14 schools nationally to achieve this honour.

During the past ten years King’s set up the first recycling initiative in Nottingham Road, campaigned against trucks on the R103, has supported neighbouring schools, held clean up campaigns, cleared alien invasive vegetation, built an outdoor classroom, created a permaculture garden and won numerous awards for recycling and climate change projects. The school consistently promotes earth care in all their activities.

The King’s school grounds are a veritable delight with spacious fields, trees to climb and dogs, chickens, pigs and ponies that happily interact with the children. King’s children are encouraged to explore, question and solve problems on a daily basis.

This year the school has changed their usual WESSA Eco-School portfolio presentation format and are building a 3D Eco-Portfolio. The Grade 5, 6 & 7 classes have begun building walls onto their Outdoor Classroom using straw-bale, wattle and daub and other earth friendly alternative building techniques. When the building is completed the children will be inviting the WESSA Eco-School team to visit for a comprehensive alternate building methods lesson and a home grown lunch cooked using solar power.

Thanks to SEED (Schools Environmental Education Development) and the MMAEP (Midlands Meander Education Project) for their assistance and support to the school over the past four years. For further information visit www.seed.org.za or www.mmaep.co.za and to learn more about King’s school www.kingsschool.co.za.