At Highbury we are blessed with 11 hectares of park-like grounds, full of beautiful old trees. Our boys love to climb the trees, sit in their shade and swing from their branches. We all love trees and we want to protect them - that's why we get excited about recycling newspapers at Highbury - because every 1000kg of paper that gets recycled saves 17 trees!
Highbury has run a newspaper recycling programme for more than 10 years now and Des Dunstone estimates that we have saved over 1000 trees in that time. It all began with Highbury taking part in a competition organised by Mpact. After the competition ended we created a new inter-class competition to keep our boys motivated to recycle newspaper every week and have been doing it ever since.
How does it work? Grade R to 3 boys all bring newspaper from home for recycling on a Wednesday morning. Grades 1-3 take part in the competition, which involves weighing the newspapers by class each week and keeping a record of it. The boys also have to separate cardboard versus newspaper and carry it to the recycling bins behind the Cap 'n Chino each week. Then at the end of the term, Des tallies it all up and the boys in the winning class each get a chocolate! One of our moms has also organised that there will be a year-end prize - a beautiful little wire tree for each boy in the winning class as well as big class trophy tree. Mpact are still involved as they collect our newspapers from Highbury when our depot is full and they pay us 10c per kilogram which goes into our Enviro Fund.
In 2016 so far, we saved 9 trees in the first term, 21 trees in the second term and now 24 trees in the third term. Well done boys and thank you to our parents for helping us to entrench one of Highbury's core values: that of responsible citizenship and care for the environment.
|Term 3 Recycling|
|1st Place||Grade 3 Wilson||718 kg|
|2nd Place||Grade 1 Osborn||284 kg|
|3rd Place||Grade 3 Jones||79 kg|
|Total Term 3 Recycling||1432 kg|
|Number of trees saved||24 trees!|