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Global Leadership through 5R (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replant)

Global Leadership through 5R

As mentioned by climate scientist, Chris Rapley, one of the steps that nations need to undertake includes the making of real commitments when sending delegates to Paris to agree on a course of action in respond to climate change in 2015. Important gaps are still existent in international environmental policy framework and these constitute a major challenge of international relations. 

With serious climatic topics settling into international discussions, Wellington has seen the need to nurture future global leaders in environmental issues who will be able to play a pivotal role in resolving climatic issues. Thus, the school has integrated a series of 5Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse and Replant) events in our school activities to establish and build a strong foundation in environmental knowledge and enable our pupils to use these as a spring board for future progression as a global environmentalist leader. 

Replant

1. Eggcellent PETS Garden- An innovative garden that relied on the use of recycled PETS bottles and the planting of lettuce as a PALS program

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2. LUSH Corner is a new initiative to teach pupils about the different types of herbs and spices. It is an outdoor learning corner to introduce general knowledge to the pupils through fun and it is considered a place where sensory and tactile experiences are integrated with aesthetic beauty.

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3. Our Community Garden, which is a collaboration between Wellington Primary School and Residents/Community, is targeted to be a continuous programme to engage and educate children on the importance of caring for community and biodiversity. Residents, parents, staff and students have begun the planting of vegetables and fruit trees in the enclosed school compound that has been isolated from the main school building for sharing as a common free-access community area through a biometrically controlled gate creating the opportunity to care for the community, and bond together with a ‘kampong-like spirit’. Members of the school are now working more closely with residents interested in kampong farming right at their door step. Through this initiative, a mutual understanding and bonding will develop between the residents and the members of the school and our students are beginning to realise the benefit through their involvement in caring for flora and environment.

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4. The development of the high-rise vegetable farming project on the 4th level is designed to help our science teachers provide our students with meaningful hands-on, outdoor education whereby the students are involved in investigating scientific problems in subjects such as plant growth requirements, land use, nutrition, food systems, origins and medicinal value. The programme aims to empower every student to take ownership of their own learning when are they are involved in active project-based group research and presentations.

The project will provide endless opportunities for experiential and discovery learning where our pupils can see, feel, touch and smell the plants around them. By creating a meaningful and fun learning experience, we hope that the pupils would have had an impactful learning.

Ultimately, students will understand the overall aesthetic and physical benefits of having plants all around us, especially in a land-scarce country like ours.

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Refuse, Reuse and Recycle

Green Innovation Clubbers focus on innovating new ideas for 5Rs and refusing, reusing and recycling are the key highlights that they carried out during their CCA. Besides, Wellington also focuses on recycling as one of the IPW work assigned to the pupils and these leads them to learn more about recycling efforts around the world and the other Rs in a fun and interactive manner.


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Reduce

Reducing water, electricity and plastics is the key theme of the pupils’ 5Rs education. The emphasis to protect our environment through reduction starts from their everyday lives until it routinized; learn by doing, do until it becomes.