Conserving and preserving the environment our survival depends on, is everyone’s responsibility. Taking the initiative, the students and parents of Shalom Hills International School pledged to keep their environment clean and to live in harmony with Mother Nature. The parents helped by contributing the seeds of fruit trees to the “Shalom Seed Bank” and the students of the school took up the challenge of planting all the collected seeds.
First they separated the collected seeds like Mango, Jamun, Litchies, Apricot, Apples, oranges etc. Then the soil was prepared by mixing it with vermicompost, which is made in the school. The manure mixed soil was filled in the bags provided to them, which were then arranged in the respective places where the seeds were to be sown.
Finally, the students sowed the seeds in the bags, watered them. They vowed to maintain them to protect our biodiversity, replenish the Water Cycle, minimize Soil Erosion, improve air quality and at large reduce “GLOBAL WARMING”.
As part of the ‘Joy of Sharing’ Week celebrations, the students of class IV visited Harmony House in Sector 17, Gurgaon on 20.12.16. The students were accompanied by Ms. Elizabeth B. Thomas and Ms. Sangeeta Madhok. It is a school run for the underprivileged children. The visit started with a brief introduction by the in-charge of the house, Ms. Harpriya. She shared the vision and mission of the centre. Then the students of SHIS interacted with the children at the centre.
In the ice-breaking session, the students at the Harmony House had to find a friend from Shalom students and they had to share a special quality they possessed in common. All the children joined in whole-heartedly in this fun game. The young Shalomites presented songs, recited poems and also gifted them with clothes and stationery items. Much to everyone’s delight, the children at the house also showcased their talent through dance, songs and poems. It was an extremely interactive session as the students established a great rapport with each other.
“Pollution is an undesirable change in the Physical, Chemical and Biological characters of Air, Land and Water”
In Gurugram, the high levels of pollution were caused due to the cumulative effect of increase in the pollutants, bursting of fire crackers, dip in temperature and slow wind speed. Under the inspiring vision and leadership of Dr Lilly George, the Founder-Managing, SHIS is engaged in several ‘green’ and environmental initiatives that seek to make its students ‘Green Soldiers’.
One such recent initiative was a rally taken out by the students of Grades IX-X accompanied by the Science and Sports teachers to spread awareness about Air Pollution in the vicinity and the community. The main objective of the rally was to educate people about proper way of protecting themselves from the particulate matters present in the atmosphere. The students covered their mouth and nose with masks and carried placards and posters with messages on how to protect themselves from smog. The students also took a solemn pledge to educate the members of their community and endeavour to preserve the surroundings.
The students of Class- IV presented a Special Assembly on 14th July’16 in the Middle Wing Auditorium. The assembly commenced with the Lord’s Prayer followed by Shalom Mission and Vision, News Headlines and Thought of the Week.
A video on the topic (Vanmahotsav) was shown, which highlighted the importance of forests in our lives and harmful effects of deforestation. The students of class IV A and F presented a skit while the students of IV E presented a Hindi song on environment. The talented juniors of Class – IV G presented amazing facts related to forests followed by Shalom Anthem and National Anthem.
A Quiz was conducted to check the understanding of the students (audience). Ms. Suniti Bhai, Coordinator I-IV was present there to encourage all the participants and appreciated them for their wonderful performance.
In SHIS, Environmental Awareness is developed in the school children from the early years and every occasion is utilized to engage them in tree-planting and other related environmental activities. 'Van Mahotsav' – the festival of trees is a beautiful initiative to save the environment which is undertaken in SHIS with great enthusiasm and vigour.
A Poster Making Activity on the occasion of Van Mohatsav was organized for Grade V students. Generally, native trees are planted as they readily adapt to the local conditions, integrate into eco-systems and have a high survival rate. Besides, such trees are helpful in supporting local birds, insects and animals as well.
The intrepid students participated with immense zeal and made beautiful posters which gave the message ‘ How we can save our environment and provide a greener environment to our future generations'.
The posters made by the young Shalomites also were an eye-opener as they served as a tool to spread awareness of trees among people and portray the need of planting and tending to trees.
The activity also helped in strengthening the bond between plants, animals and children.
At Shalom Hills International School, we believe that there is only choice in life - that is the right choice. We teach our students to choose environmental responsibility over any other i.e to 'think, be and go green' all the time. For this reason, the school engages its students in several projects, campaigns, crusades as part of its abiding 'Go Green' commitment.
The various green school activities taken up by school are:
PROJECT - GREEN RHINO SHALOMITES
SHIS has joined Green Rhino which is an ecological programme on Nature Conservation making rapid in roads, among various schools across the country. Its mission is to create, educate and motivate young minds to preserve and conserve the rich biodiverty.On 18TH April 2016, Mr. Ananda Menon, a National Coordinator for Green Rhino and a keen Nature Specialist who has also worked on Nature Conservation in Sunderbans, West Bengal, interacted with the school’s Green Rhino team members and learnt about the progress of the project. The teacher representatives, Ms Ambika Yadav and Ms Richa Jaini shared valuable ideas and approaches with Mr. Menon and students.
We all know about environment but our knowledge goes in vain if we are unable to sensitize others about the cause on Conservation. It was with this approach of making a difference in our society that some of our students aim to be active citizens by visiting nearby slums for an awareness drive or starting an online petition against the cutting down of trees. Mr. Memon was quite impressed with the progress made and students’ efforts in the project. .
Bearing in mind that environmental challenges are growing and also that they can be met and countered if each one of us is aware and involved, Shalom Hills International School has a concurrent and on-going Green House Programme. As a part of it, the school children have realized that we all need to change the way we manage natural resources; alter our consumption patterns so that we can do more with less; and innovate with current technologies so that we can improve the environment around us.
The benefits of GPS can be felt at multiple levels
"To make choices that helps us to satisfy our needs for survival without compromising on the ability of next generation to do the same"
In order to inculcate an abiding respect for the above values in every Shalomite, the school has started with Green School Programme in association with IIM, Ahmedabad.
The whole purpose of the programme is that it helps the students to gain:
|1||Waste and Food||Waste Audit and a Food Audit report of the school|
|2||Water and Air||Water Audit and Indoor Air Quality report will be prepared for the school|
|3||Carbon Footprint||A Carbon Footprint Audit report of the school|
|4||Energy Audit||An energy audit report of the school|
Carbon Footprint = Output of an activity x Emission Factor of that Activity
The members of the school's elite Rotary Interact Club which is a part of Rotary International exhibit their deep-seated commitment to the cause of a 'Green n Clean Environment' by initiating a 'Clean up campaign' in Gurgaon.
3.a. - Clean up the bazaars - One particular clean up campaign was organized by the young students when they took upon themselves to educate and sensitize the vendors and green grocers about the imperative need to reduce wastage and to dispose off waste properly.
Undeterred by the dreary and overcast sky and a hibernating sun, the youngsters laden with paper bags and high spirits went up to the fruit and vegetable vendors in Civil Lines, Gurgaon. They educated them about the need to keep the surroundings where they live and work hygienic and clean. They handed over the utilitarian paper bags prepared by Grade V students to the green grocers and vegetable sellers, thus exhorting them to practically say a 'No to plastic bags'. The students placed placards and slogans highlighting the urgent need to clean up the environment at strategic points and positions in Civil Lines.
The Gen-X of the school lived up to Gandhiji's immortal words 'we must be the change we wish to see around us' by clearing up the littering fruit peels and rotten vegetables lying scattered around the area, the youngsters influenced the bystanders and others in the vicinity to also join in and clean up the debris. The students set an example before the grown-ups by wearing cloth aprons and protecting their hands with sterilized gloves thereby give a practical demonstration of how waste materials should also be disposed off in a hygienic and effectual manner.
The students of Shalom Hills International School became the only ones in Delhi NCR region to win the Platinum Award for International Cyber Fair (an American State Government endorsed programme. This is an award-winning authentic learning program which allows the students across the world to conduct research on topics of general or social interest and publish their findings on the Web. American State government endorsed program affords an international interface to the youth to connect with the global world by working collaboratively, using technology to collate their findings and share with the world through self-designed web-sites.
The intrepid and environmentally committed team of 18 students of Shalom Hills engaged in a brain friendly and e-learning project on the environment livewire topic of 'Waste Mismanagement in Gurgaon'. Their project with its compelling title 'Waiting for the signal to turn green' has enhanced the students' knowledge of and sensitivity towards environmental issues. The youthful team-members, in the process of collaborative working, developed team coordination, improved their communicative competencies and enriched their content know-how in Science and Environmental Studies. They acquired the much desired sense of civic responsibility and international mindedness, thus acquiring traits necessary for their role as global citizens and community ambassadors in the coming years. Shalomites exhibited their 'world is one' perspective by 'thinking globally and acting locally.'
a. Adopt a crossroad
Shalom students involved in a tree plantation near the Crossroads junction.
When the students of Shalom Hills International School take up a cause, they do it in full throttle and render more than full justice to it. Taking up the cause of making their city green and clean, they have adopted the crossroads junction near the school in collaboration with an NGO Uttaan. The plucky students have made themselves responsible for the maintenance and development of the area. Frequently, the senior graders along with their Teacher incharges visit the cross-roads and immerse themselves in clearing up and beautifying the area.
To ensure environmental sustainability in the school and employ all the possible measures of waste management, a vermipit has been created in Shalom Hills International School by the Cyberians. The idea is to teach children about reducing and recycling of waste. All the kitchen waste is dumped here and earthworms are put, which converts this waste in to manure of excellent quality.
Paper Mache and Wealth out of Waste activities
The school's Cyber Fair team also decided to involve their fellow students in a paper mache activity. Believing in 'Practice what you preach', they made recycling old newspapers the agenda of their regular project and decided to involve all the classes and fellow-students in the worthy cause of waste management and environment conservation.
The Cyber Fair children brought heaps of discarded newspapers to the school and also brought along multani mitti (the reason for adding multani mitti is that it acts as an adhesive; a binder). Prior to this they had been meshing the papers for the last three days and so they were ready for use during for the activity.
The Cyberians distributed this pulp to all the childen who subsequently mixed fevicol to it. Amidst excited laughter and merriment, the pulp was then scrunched and meshed yet again and the following creations were crafted from the pulp.
The 'Say No to Crackers' campaigns by Shalom students go beyond the conventional trappings and lip service; they are thoughtfully planned and serve to sensitize the children and through them the community about the life of brutality and danger that the poor children lead while working in factories making firecrackers. These campaigns are a sincere attempt on the behalf of the school to bring a sense of realization in the society as to how these children get victimized.
Through posters, cards promoting Green Diwali, thematic paintings, slogans and catchy captions on 'Save Environment', 'Go-Green', 'Abolishing Child labour', 'Noise Pollution', 'Air Pollution', 'Harm to animals and birds' and 'Disturbance to the elderly and babies' the students of Shalom Hills International School have tried their best to spread awareness among their fellow-students and society for the imperative need to stop bursting crackers and have highlighted the far-reaching repercussions on man, animals and environment alike.