Wednesday, 19 December 2007

WELL DONE YEGs@Mayflower

Great News. These YEGs have been awarded GOLD for the Environment Champions Badge.

The EC Badge rewards ECs who are actively involved in environmental activities and have been keeping environmental issues alive in their school and local community.

Aside from delivering environmental talks and presentations to their school-mates, these ECs also work closely with their teacher-mentors, or Environmental Educational Advisors (EEAs), to spearhead environmental initiatives for their school. This is an on-going effort and by no means, a smooth-sailing one, on top of an already challenging academic curriculum. Hence, to reward the efforts and outcomes of these deserving ECs and inspire them to new and better achievements, NEA launches the 'Environment Champions Badge'.

Badge Hierarchy

There are 3'P's, or levels of attainment to the EC Badge - Participate, Persuade, Propagate. This categorization is indicative of the direction toward which the ECs' efforts should progress. Whichever level ECs have clearly shown their strength in earns them a corresponding Bronze, Silver or Gold EC badge :

Participate -> Bronze
Persuade -> Silver
Propagate -> Gold

Participate - As a first step toward environmental proactiveness, an EC is first and foremost, an active participant of external environmental programmes on issues such as waste management, public health, energy conservation, weather studies and so forth.

Persuade - With exposure gained and knowledge gathered from environmental programmes, the next stage calls for action from an EC to educate and inspire an environmental movement in his own school community. Bonus points for students who not only implement programmes and initiatives in their school but have actually initiated these programmes and initiatives, in some way, through their creative suggestions and input.

Propagate - The highest level of recognition is for an EC whose concern for the environment takes him beyond the confines of the school and seeks to inspire the larger community to assume personal responsibility for the environment.

These YEGs@Mayflower have propagate the following activities in the neighbourhood and Singapore apart from various other activities held in school.

1.Pesented findings on littering at the 3rd Environmental Regional Workshop in March 07.

2 Went on a House-to-House Visit with MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, Mrs Josephine Teo to spread the message of dengue prevention to the residents in Toa Payoh in April 07

3. Presented a skit on dengue prevention at the Teck Ghee Community Walk Against Dengue in June 07 and

4.Participated in the Clean and Green Week 2007 Schools Carnival in November 2007.

The YEGs appeared in a poster for anti-littering.

They also appear in a poster as part of National Day celebration in Ang Mo Kio GRC.

Clean and Green Singapore School Carnival 2007

The CGS Schools’ Carnival is a milestone event showcasing the efforts of our students from the many environmental programmes and competitions that were held in conjunction with various private and public sector partners during the year.

The Clean and Green Singapore Schools' Carnival 2007 took place from 6 November 2007to 7th November 2007 at Suntec Exhibition Hall 403 & 404.

The YEGs@Mayflower decided to explore the possibility of using local herbs and plants as insect repellent.

It brings together a host of activities to highlight environmental issues such as energy efficiency, climate change, waste minimization and recycling, dengue prevention and the importance of not littering and keeping our schools and public areas clean.

Mayflower YEGs was on hand to promote this new project.

The teachers in charge of YEGs :Ms Sherri, Ms Faridah and Ms Ess

Monday, 10 December 2007

Clean and Green Singapore

The Clean and Green Singapore 2007 programme, organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA), was officially launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 3 November at Bishan Park.

The programme was marked by a myriad of exciting and yet educational activities that underpin its primary thrust to instill an environmentally friendly lifestyle into every Singaporean.

To support the global effort in fighting global warming, Clean & Green Singapore (CGS) has been transformed from the Clean & Green Week, held annually for the past 17years, into an initiative with a strategic role to address environmental issues and challenges in Singapore.

A group of new YEG was on hand to spread the message to the public the importance of taking care of the environment. They explained to the public how the use of natural insect repellent is better than the chemical ones sold which might have harmful effect.

The YEG waiting for the arrival of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Lee was also interested in how he can play a role in using natural insect repellent. Here the YEGs explained to him how pandan leaves can be an effective repellent for cockroach.

One of our YEG, Kenneth Lim was especially invited to meet the Prime Minister who was interested in Kenneth's work in the YEG.

Mayflower YEG's work in 2007 were also featured at this event. Another YEG, Eugine was the poster boy for this event.