Outreach & Environment

Environment Committee

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The Environment Committee is a body of parents from both schools committed to assisting in greening DLSHCC. Some members have expertise in related fields; others bring their enthusiasm and energy. These are some of the projects the committee has supported in its first year:
 
  • A comprehensive energy audit of the junior and high schools, which uncovered R250 000 in credit on our electricity accounts. Data from the audit will guide future energy efficiency efforts.
  • Electricity consumption monitors established with live data in the computer rooms of both schools showing current consumption, to be used for education, awareness and science projects.
  • A comprehensive recycling programme at the Junior School, with new bins throughout the school and free collection by EnviroServ. The High School is monitoring the results and will launch their expanded recycling effort soon.
  • Collections of household electronic waste once per term that have processed two truckloads of e-waste and netted the school payments of approximately R2 000.
  • A pilot installation of ceiling insulation in a Grade 4 classroom as a first step toward improving classroom temperatures in both the winter and summer.
  • Educational initiatives including teaching students to build worm farms, educating them about trees on the school property, and celebrating environmental days.

Electronic waste collection

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How often have you thought that you can't keep up with how quickly technology is advancing. Unfortunately the planet feels the same way - it cannot keep up with the huge amount of waste that is generated as technology forges ahead.

The electronic waste that each person generates is considerable and often the thought of how to dispose of it is a daunting one. E-waste is banned from landfills as it contains hazardous materials that leach into the ground water when exposed to the elements. Consumption of this water, even after filtration can cause health problems. Often electronic recyclers will only collect if there is a large load.

That is why the environmental committee has decided to have an electronic waste (e-waste) collection a few times a year, giving you the opportunity to dispose of your e-waste in a responsible manner.

The next e-waste collection will take place in the 1st term of 2017 (TBA), but if you'd like to drop off your e-waste in the interim, you can do so at the high school. Anything that runs by battery or electrical connection fits the bill!

 

Outreach

"Be first, that you may be of service" underpins our Outreach Projects.

We try to address some of the needs of our community in the following ways:

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

We undertake a sandwich-making project once a month, whereby children and families are asked to donate bread and spread and to spend time on a Sunday morning making sandwiches for the “Sole Provider” initiative.

 

Nazareth House

The Grade 7 learners visit the children’s home at Nazareth House once a week to help with homework and to play games. They also visit some of the elderly residents in the retirement section of the Home. The choir entertains the residents once a year.

Frederic Place

The Grade 7 learners visit Frederic Place Old Age Home once a week. They take biscuits for teatime and entertain the elderly residents. They also host a Christmas lunch.

The choir entertains the residents once a year.

Sparrow School

The Grade 2 classes and the Matric class host the Grade 2 children from Sparrow School for the annual fun sports day.

News:

Dear Mrs Hyam,

I thought you would like to know a bit more about the community service project that a group of grade 7’s  completed at the Sparrow Foundation school earlier this year.

The group consisted of:
Caroline, Amy, Rachel, Chloe, Erin, Michael Verster, David Beavon, Mika, Michael Becker, Adam Baron & Tyler Lange.

They were initially given the opportunity of assisting in the aftercare class with homework, reading, playing netball and soccer and providing snacks for the kids.  Once they had been a few times, they decided that they would like to leave behind something longer lasting than just a few afternoons a month.  So during the April holidays, they worked hard to create a special activity corner to surprise the Sparrow kids when they returned to school.  The group of grade 7’s all donated books and educational toys and games, as well as sourcing  a new carpet and beanbags.  They then cleaned the classroom, installed the new activity space, packed the books and games and made posters with the Sparrow kids to brighten up the class.

The moms helped out too, and a lasting, happy result was achieved, of which they can be proud.

Attached are some pics that show the space before and after, a letter from Sparrow and some pics of the kids.
We’re so grateful to DLSHCC for the service ethos being instilled in our children.

Warmest wishes,
Jenny Duffy

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Christmas Boxes

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Throughout the year the school collects suitable items for Christmas gift boxes ('Fit-in-a-Box' gifts) and these are donated to a variety of charities at Christmas.

Easter Eggs

Every year about 10 000 Easter eggs are donated to the Holy Cross project in Plastic View.

Lady Selborne Fete

Lady Selborne is a retirement home for Holy Cross Sisters and a hospice. Every second year they have a fete and the school collects items for the tombola and white elephant stalls.

May Procession

In May we have a beautiful outdoor procession to honour Mary the Mother of God.

During the procession the children donate gifts of fresh fruit, bread and tinned foods which are donated to Robin Hills Primary and the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Grade 7 Mass

In October the Catholic Schools Office organises a Mass at Regina Mundi in Soweto for all Grade 7s in Catholic Schools in Johannesburg. Donations of tinned food are presented during the Offertory Procession at the Mass. They are given to the Sisters of Charity for distribution.

Footloose

During the month of November we remember those who have gone before us. We walk in their footsteps. At our Memorial Service we collect shoes which are donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Johannesburg Library Book Collection

Each year about 4 000 second-hand books are collected for the Johannesburg Library.

ANGELS Programme

Through the Grade 7 ANGELS initiatives many other charities benefit from the generosity of our school community.

Class Masses

A different class attends Mass each week and the children are invited to present a loaf of bread at the Presentation of the Gifts.

The bread is donated to the Mother Teresa Home.