The Glenwood House Environment Society has been granted a national award for their conservation work. The group of 25 students and teachers have been recognised by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) with the ‘National Award for a Group’ for 2013. The award was presented to the Environment Society Coordinator, Ms C van Rensburg by entrepreneur Mr Sandile Sangqu and Chairman of WESSA Dr Richard Lewis at a gala dinner in Johannesburg on Friday the 13th of September.
Over the past ten years the school’s Environment Society have rigorously maintained their Eco-Schools status, they maintain their own wetland on the school grounds, participate in Leopard Monitoring, beach clean ups and sea-bird conservation programmes. The school group recently raised over R6000 for rhino anti-poaching and has recently instituted a school –wide recycling programme. This year over 30 indigenous trees will be planted on the school grounds as part of Arbour Week 2013.
WESSA have chosen to honour the group of teenagers as a group who have ‘done an enormous amount, often way beyond the call of duty, to further important conservation and environmental education work in South Africa’. WESSA say that the goal of these awards is to “give appropriate, high level recognition to people, groups or institutions for advancing the cause of environmental conservation and education in South Africa in an exceptional and sustained manner.”
Headmaster of Glenwood House School, Mr D Symes, says,
‘Our Environmental Society are honoured by this award. They are delighted to be found deserving of this accolade. We are beginning to see that environmental education must become a priority at schools, not just as part of our extra mural programme but throughout our academic curriculum’.