The Eco School


The Eco School

Pringle House is registered with the international program of the Foundation for Environmental Education managed locally by WESSA & WWF-SA and we have already achieved the internationally recognized symbol of excellence, the FEE Green Eco-Schools Flag.

As an eco-school we are committed to environmental management at school, as well as environmental learning,
both locally and globally. This means that every year we undertake several projects to improve certain aspects of the environment.

At the same time, teachers draw on these practical projects to strengthen environmental learning in the classroom.  Each year another whole theme gets added to the previous years’ themes. These themes are woven into all subject lessons and classroom activities throughout the year. Guest speakers are invited to give talks and many outdoor excursions undertaken.

One of the pre-requisites is that the school maintains an “ongoing project” related to each of the four themes, which is over-and-above the lessons themselves.

Our Ongoing projects

Resource Use – As a school we

  • re-cycle our waste
  • re-use waste materials within the classroom (art projects, shelving, stationary tins etc.)
  • reduce energy consumption (water & electricity).

Nature & Biodiversity – The school “adopted” the wetland next door and has been monitoring water quality, alien infestation, plant & animal life etc.

Local & Global Issues – Baboons are our chosen issue, where we study, assess and evaluate baboons (habitats, anatomy, social hierarchy, community politics possible deterrents etc.)

Healthy Living – Building & maintaining a vegetable garden.  Our hope is to then take our produce to a local orphanage or soup kitchen where the children can assist those who cannot afford to live and eat healthily.  This then also encompasses next year’s theme of Community and Heritage.

Our current projects are:

Greenhouse + Harvesting.
Worm farm + composting.
Insect hotel

All our projects are continuously worked on. However due to the school moving to a much smaller premises we will have to manipulate our projects into working in smaller spaces such as vertical farming , bokashi composting, each class getting two bins one for recycling and one for waste to make things easier on the staff. The insect hotels are going to become miniature insect hotels scattered around the new premises. With regards to our next project, we are looking into a water project not sure which one we will be doing yet though.