Please take note of the important school events for October 2011:
4, 11, 18 & 25 October
Primary 1, 2 & 3 CCA Clubs/Societies
Primary 4, 5 & 6 CCA Sports/Games
Primary 1, 2 & 3 CCA Sports/Games
Primary 4, 5 & 6 CCA Clubs/Games
Lower Primary Concert ~ The Little Mermaid
2nd Occasional Holiday (in conjunction with Deepavali)
Trinity College, The University of Melbourne
It was a bright and sunny day – somewhere else in the world. It was dark, our path barely lit by the crepuscular glow of lights that very obviously required changing, gusts of wind warping and winding around us as we made our way to flight D72722, our flight to Melbourne. It was too late to turn back now, no matter how much we wanted to stay.
Our days were primarily filled with lectures and workshops with activities such as Karaoke Nights or Bollywood dancing to top them off. In addition to the elective specific and general lectures, participants of the Young Leaders Summer School (YLSS) are split into sub-groups according to electives called mentor groups. Each mentor group is expected to select a problem that they believe to have a global impact, brainstorm a remedy to said problem and propose said remedy to a panel of judges on the last day of the YLSS experience.
My classmate and I were fortunate to have the opportunity to attend this programme which gave us both insights into what goes on in “The Inner World” as well as “The Outer World” once we know how “The Persuasive World” works!
From 18 - 22 April, the prefects conducted a rubbish-auditing project to investigate the amount of rubbish disposed by Sri KDU students. At the same time, whilst hoping to reduce the wastage of the school, the statistics from the audit were compiled to better paint a picture of the chain-reaction that would indicate the magnitude of the carbon footprint of the school’s cafeteria. Allowing students an insight of the sheer scale of their contribution towards global warming, this will thus make them rethink their recycling habits.
The prefects meticulously segregated the rubbish into their respective bins: Cans, Plastic, Paper, and “others”, where leftovers were to be disposed. Proper recycling habits such as crushing the cans before disposal and separating straws from milk cartons are beneficial habits that the prefects aimed to instill in the students through this project. We learnt from this rubbish-auditing project that if each person cleans and crushes their own can individually before disposing it, a lot of energy and time could be saved.
From this project, we hope that the students will come to realize the implications of their recycling habits – or lack of thereof. The results show this fact: the average daily mass of paper thrown out - 5.0 kg, plastic - 7.5 kg and cans - 5.0 kg. Although we conducted this project for a mere week, we hope that it will perpetuate after our term ends; the prefects coming together to sort rubbish is but a mere instigator of greater things. We hope that the students will participate in ensuring that proper recycling is carried out in this school. From this, we aim to empower ourselves, and the student body to take on the environmental responsibility of our own waste disposal; to play our part in the battle to save the environment.
Nur Alia binti Abu Bakar
Edited by: Bryan Thor Yen Jun