"Be first, that you may be of service" underpins our Outreach and Commitees Projects.
We try to address some of the needs of our community in the following ways:
NOTES FROM THE 2017 ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE:
The 30th of May was 🌸 'Water a Flower Day' 🌼
This was the day to show our appreciation to flowers for their bright colours, beautiful fragrances and their properties for medicinal use! 🌷
To celebrate this day the environment committee held an assembly at the high school to plant African Daisies in the gardens of the school. The committee chose to plant these flowers specifically because they are indigenous and have low water requirements! 🌹
Watch this short video of the planting by the learners: Planting flowers at DLSHCC
Here are some tips to show your appreciation for the beautiful flowers of South Africa:
- Buy water wise plants for your garden.
- Plant indigenous plants.
- Take time out of your day to care for the gardens of those who may be homebound or in the hospital.
- Take time to visit a friend who may need some cheering up by bringing them some freshly watered flowers.
Post a photo to celebrate using the hashtag #WaterAFlowerDay #EnvironmentSpartans
| The 10th of May was “National Clean Your Room Day”. For parents it was a celebration and for hoarders and children it was a nightmare!
Pupils of De La Salle Holy Cross College were asked to roll up their sleeves and clean their rooms and donate clothes and stationery to our various Outreach projects. These included toys and sports equipment for the Lasallian Youth Outreach projects and old cell phones, chargers and computers for the Environment Committee’s e-waste collection. The names of everyone who contributed to this initiative were put into a lucky draw.
The College would like to thank Doppio Zero for their continued support of the initiatives of our Environment Committee. They sponsored a meal voucher which was won by Clara Heise (right) in grade 11. Cailin Connell, one of the members of the Environment Committee, handed the voucher over to Clara.
Reduce the amount of waste you create
What To Buy and How To Use It
Buy only what you need
Reduce unnecessary waste by avoiding those pointless purchases. Items that rarely get used can be borrowed or shared with others.
Instead of buying many different ones for each cleaning role.
Reduce waste by donating unwanted items to family, friends or neighbours. You could even sell your possessions in a car-boot sale and earn some extra cash.
Reduce paper waste by cancelling unwanted mail
You can unsubscribe to many national mailing lists by contacting the Direct Marketing Association: www.dma.org.uk
Reducing Hazardous Waste
Buy non-toxic products whenever possible
Many toxic products such as motor oil and pesticides cannot be reused.
Recycle motor products
Such as break fluid, oils and tyres by taking them to your local petrol station. By recycling these products instead of throwing them away, you are reducing hazardous waste.
Use all of the toxic product, such as furniture polish, so there is no hazardous material left in the container when it is discarded.
Find safer alternatives to hazardous household products.
You can even make your own household cleaners using products such as baking soda and vinegar. Olive oil with lemon juice is a good alternative to furniture polish and using scented candles are a good alternative to air fresheners.
Think Before You Throw
Paper and Envelopes
Can be used as scrap paper for making notes.
Cardboard, Newspaper and Bubble Wrap
Can be used as packing materials. Packaging products, such as foil and egg cartons, can be used for art projects in schools and nurseries.
Jars and Pots
Can be used as small containers to store odds and ends.
Plastic and Paper Bags
Can be reused in the shops, used as bin bags around the house or as wrapping paper.
Can be used in woodcrafts for making small garden objects such as bird tables. Alternatively it could be used as firewood.
We are here to create awareness of environmental issues of our beautiful world! We want to let people know what to do to make a change!
Let's SAVE our planet TOGETHER!!
REDUCE YOUR CARBON EMISSIONS
- recycle paper, plastic...
- create a car pool system with friends to get to school in the morning
- swop your home light bulbs with LED bulbs
- try eat less red meat
- buy locally made goods and foods
- buy products that have little or no packaging
Global Warming is the main threat to our planet's survival! Because of the increase in greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, the ice caps (a polar bear's home) are melting! Therefore, the polar bears are losing their homes!
Their population numbers are decreasing and by 2050 two thirds of the population is said to disappear if we don't change our ways now!
So let's come together to save these Amazing creatures!
Electronic waste collection
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 during 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!
The Environment Committee held a big 'Water Drive' to collect water for the drought-strickened areas in Aliwal North. The water is for the Holy Cross Primary School - to be distributed to the children, their families, old age homes and the community.
The Principal of Holy Cross Primary school sent the College a desperate plea for help! The school children have no water at all - the taps in the area are dry, and there is no bottled water available. The kids are drinking contaminated water in desperation - and many are getting sick!
So far De La Salle Holy Cross College has collected over 10 000 litres of water! The College was overwhelmed by the generosity of the community, and filled a 4-ton truck to take half of the water up to Aliwal North to help the children as soon as possible. The Avis truck was greeted by the school children, staff and local families with great cheers and happiness when it arrived at Holy Cross Primary at 7pm on Wednesday, 21 January!
Stefenutti-Stocks sponsored a truck on Thursday morning, 22 January, to take more water to the school.
After an appeal on 702, Skynet Worldwide Express offered the College a truck to deliver more water to Aliwal North on Monday afternoon, 25 January.
WHAT DLSHCC IS DOING IN RESPONSE TO HIGHLY PROBABLY DROUGHT CONDITIONS, AND WATER RESTRICTIONS, IN COLLABORATION WITH OUR FIELDS SERVICE PROVIDER, SERVEST:
we have started irrigating at night so as to maximise water ground saturation equal or less water, thus reducing watering time, thus saving water.
we are looking at the possibility of an automated irrigation system
We will increase the cut of the grass by at least 5mm. Turf growth will slow or go into a semi-dormant state in a drought situation but encouraging longer leaf blades will help develop a deeper root system and assist with stress management.
The water crises will result in us not being able to fertilise as usual and this may result in undesirable weed growth during the growing season. Regular mowing will assist with keeping the fields as presentable as possible.
Servest is currently investigating the use of new chemicals that assist with drought management and plant stress. It is our intention to have a mobile spray rig available to assist with these applications if the drought persists.
|TEN GREEN COMMANDMENTS
We must respect the environment.
We must alter our behaviour, as individuals and as nations, in order to preserve
the earth in all its God-given glory.
We must include environmental considerations into all decision making.
We must improve the environment.
We must conserve the resources that adorn and enrich our environment.
We must turn to the renewable resources that the Creator’s goodness has blessed us with.
We must not pollute, litter, waste or destroy.
We must study the environment, the wonders of nature and the processes that affect it.
We must each play a part in caring for the environment.
We must never forget that humanity is an inseparable part of creation.
Thursday - 15:00-16:30. Teacher in Charge: Mrs Preston-Whyte
Our project for Lent: Baby Hampers to be delivered to mothers of newborns at the Oliver Tambo Hospital.
UPDATE: from DCN. Barbara A. Morrison: Report for month of April 2017
Last term, the learners at De La Salle Holy Cross College High School were given a presentation by Dcn Morrison, who initiated the Tambo Memorial Baby Pack Network. Barbara collates and delivers baby hampers to the mothers of newborn babies at the Oliver Tambo Hospital. Many of these mothers are completely unprepared for their newborns, and as Barbara told the DLSHCC learners "Unfortunately there are mothers who have absolutely nothing to take their little ones home in. We have seen this with our own eyes. They either roll them in a piece of rag or a bit of their own clothing. It is very humbling to give such a mother a hamper and watch the expression of joy on her face when she realises what is in the parcel.”
The DLSHCC Outreach Committee, headed by Mrs Jeanette Preston-Whyte, immediately started a 'Baby Hamper Drive' at the College, asking for donations from the students, parents and community - and were delighted by the generosity shown! 2 large deliveries were sent to Dcn Barbara Morrison to distribute to the grateful mothers. "The response from De La Salle Holy Cross College was overwhelming and I am very grateful for their wonderful contributions towards achieving our goals. We hope to achieve 1,500 babies covered in love by the end of the year." said Barbara.
Valentine's Day - Care Boxes
Sandwich-making for World Hunger Day
We follow a policy in which we reach out to the needy whether they be children, elderly or destitute adults or animals. We believe in giving of our time as well as in kind where needed.
On a weekly basis pupils have visited either the children’s section of Mother Teresa Home or Hotel Hope. On these visits the pupils help feed the babies at Mother Teresa or play with the toddlers, giving them the much needed individual attention. At Hotel Hope, the pupils play with the older children or help with the babies.
In previous years the learners iced and delivered cup cakes to Old Age Homes and Childrens Homes on Valentine's Day. This year they responded to an appeal that a number of NGOs had made, to help with the supply of basic toiletries. The High School pupils donated toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and facecloths to pack into gift parcels called 'DLSHCC Care Boxes' in their Grade Intergrated Groups (GIG) on 13 February. The 'Care Boxes' were delivered to the Immaculata Shelter for the Homeless, Woodside Sanctuary for the Mentally and Physically Handicapped, Khakhibos Jabulani Boys’ Home, the Greenside Eventide Home for the Elderly and the St. Dominics soup kitchen on Valentine's Day.
The food collected in a Pet Food Drive, held to coincide with World Wildlife day, was donated to a shelter for abused and abandoned animals.
Together with the Lasallian Youth we hosted a party for the children of Nazareth House for Easter in which the children had the novel experience of making their own pizzas.
Recent service protests on the West Rand had resulted in a library being burnt down. Many youth in the area were very upset at the loss of this resource and started their own library – The Hidden Library. With donated books from staff and supporters we added 7 boxes of books to this worthwhile grass roots effort.
The Easter egg drive which brought in over 3600 eggs, which were distributed to various children’s homes. Eggs were also donated to Woodside Sanctuary, Mother Teresa Home, Sparrow Village, Rosie’s Nursery School and Avril Elizabeth Home.
Sister Kieran of the Mercy Sisters in Johannesburg, collected some of the blankets - and was overjoyed with the amount of blankets donated.
To all those generous people who contributed to the 99 blankets we collected in our blanket drive, a heartfelt thank you.
Your blankets have been shared between the Phokeng mission of the De la Salle Brothers, the Barcelona squatter camp, Hotel Hope (a small orphanage), Woodside Sanctuary for the Mentally and Physically disabled, Mother Teresa Home and Kids Haven.
Whilst winter has been long in coming this year, the cold has arrived and the blankets are sorely needed.
Johannesburg City Council
Ms Hamilton: Liason Officer for JJC Programme
This programme promotes civic awareness, fosters leadership, a distinct sense of community and promotes the values of tolerance and respect. The “failures” of initiatives are considered in detail from many perspectives and are only relinquished once they can be sincerely reframed as successful learning experiences.
This is a dynamic, far-sighted organisation and has been operating for almost 60 years. The community is encouraged to support our representatives and actively support their sincere desire to live out their slogan of being MAD or “making a difference.”
Profile of a Young Lasallian may be downloaded:
Young Lasallian Creed:
We understand we are living in a reality that is increasingly multi-religious.
We believe in ourselves, others and the Creator’s will to make a better world.
We promote acting in prayer and faith with all cultures and religions.
We understand the joy of living is contagious, and it permeates our daily lives.
We consider that the joy is in the journey, no matter how difficult.
We promote acting passionately and tirelessly to spread happiness.
Using Kindness and Creativity...
We understand young people’s need for compassion as they face their problems.
We consider patience with one another shows love and builds bonds of peace.
We promote trust and hope through actively listening and sharing.
We understand the need for us to participate within the Lasallian Family.
We consider growth through shared experience moves us closer to our mission.
We promote sharing in each other’s experiences for greater understanding.
We understand together we can build a Civilization of Love (Pope John Paul II).
We consider our calling to come together to build a better world.
We promote strengthening our bonds of communication.
We understand De La Salle freed his heart and humbled himself before God.
We consider that only with a humble spirit can we share what we are.
We promote touching the hearts of others.
We understand fulfilling commitments brings meaning to our lives.
We consider providing opportunities an essential quality of our charism
We promote action which empowers young people.
We understand, in this era of globalization, there is a lack of witness.
We consider that actions speak louder than words.
We promote fully committing ourselves each day in the Lasallian Charism.
We understand that it is in small acts that we can make a difference
We consider each individual valuable
We promote working ardently for the young, especially the poor.
LIVE JESUS IN OUR HEARTS! FOREVER