Harmony pupils go green

CTEETs eco-schools officer Abongile Madyolo is pictured with Harmony Primary Schools environmental club members, from left, Michaela Carolus deputy head girl, Amber Daniels prefect, Caden Julies, Giovanni Sikenaris headboy, Sixolise Yohane, Leigh Davids prefect, Kelsey Solomons head girl, Jordan Isaacs, Nasreen Abrahams prefect, Zaylin Koopman prefect, Donika Stuurman prefect, Liam Abrahams, Julius Boligelo,Hannah Elliot and Larissa Peterson.

Harmony Primary School celebrated Arbor Week by planting trees on their grounds and raising awareness about the importance of trees, on Thursday September 7.

The school, which is based in Steenberg partnered with the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) – which had planted trees in the area – to mark the occasion.

The school’s environmental club also put together a short play to give pupils insight into the importance of having trees in our surroundings and water-saving methods were discussed.

CTEET supports a number of schools in the southern suburbs that are registered with the Wild Life Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) eco-schools programme.

To mark Arbor Week, Harmony Primary School planted five trees on the school grounds, among them brush cherry that grows up to 15 metrEs high; Dodonaea Angustifolia, also known as sand olive trees, which stabilise moving sand erosion; and Syzygium Cordatum, known as water berry and water pear trees. They were helped by Abongile Madyolo, eco-schools officer at CTEET.