Tuesday, 23 June 2009

The Marina Barrage

Built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage creates Singapore’s 15th reservoir, and the first in the heart of the city.

With a catchment area of 10,000 hectares, or one-sixth the size of Singapore, the Marina catchment is the island’s largest and most urbanised catchment.

Together with two other new reservoirs, the Marina Reservoir will boost Singapore’s water catchment from half to two-third’s of the country’s land area.

The Marina Barrage is the result of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s vision nearly two decades ago when he envisaged damming the mouth of the Marina Channel to create a freshwater reservoir.

Please visit this website for more information

Monday, 22 June 2009

Our Waters Programme

PUB’s Our Waters programme aims to nurture a sense of ownership and encourage Singaporeans to be guardians of our water.

On 21st July 2009, PUB welcomed Mayflower Secondary School as a partner of Our Waters Programme.

We will work together to take care of the waters of Marina Reservoir.

The Our Waters programme seeks to encourage groups from the 3P sectors of the community:

  • People (schools, grassroots organizations, town councils and non-government organizations)
  • Private (corporations)
  • Public (government organizations)

This is the report from Channel NewAsia

On Sunday, students from Singapore Polytechnic and 21 secondary schools signalled their commitment by adopting the Marina Reservoir.

Mayor for North West CDC, Dr Teo Ho Pin — a champion of water safety in Singapore — was also at the event.

Since its opening last year, the Marina Barrage and Reservoir has played host to many activities and attracted more than 400,000 visitors.

So as part of the two—year adoption programme, students aged 13 to 17 will conduct water—quality testing and clean—up activities at the reservoir.

They will also be volunteer guides at the Sustainable Singapore Gallery.

Channel NewsAsia - Monday, June 22

The YEGs were at the Marina Barrage on Sunday to start the ball rolling. Together with Cicada Tree Eco Place, we put up an exhibition on Eco Living in Singapore.

They were also there to promote Shoo Mozzie, the all natural 100% organic insect repellent.

By encouraging Singaporean to use natural ingredient, we have started the process of encourage Singaporean to use less chemical and more natural product.

For example, when we start to use eco-friendly, insect repellent, soaps and detergents, we are using products that are free from phosphates or petrochemicals.

Dr Teo Ho Pin the Guest of Honour at the Singapore International Water Festivals was presented with a bottle of the Shoo Mozzie.

Mrs Lim, our principal were also there to show her support for the YEGs.

Later on, a group of our students who were taking part in the dragon boat race visited our booth.

Our Choir also performed at the event.

Our dragon boat team putting their heart and soul into the race.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Singapore International Water Festival (SIWF)

This is a roving exhibition for schools.This attractive and comprehensive poster exhibition seeks to impart important information on eco-living, carbon footprint and how to make a difference!
his exhibition contains simple and practical green tips for daily eco-living, written in easy-to-read text with attractive native wildlife pictures.

The location of the education booths
is at the Courtyard Central, in front of pump room, beside the staircase to the 2nd level facing the Information Centre of the Barrage. (along the stretch where the people are standing in the picture). The booths will be directly visible from the main entrance.

The YEG will also be selling Shoo! Mozzie, badges from Cicada Tree Eco Place, recycled bags and diary made from recycled paper.

Here are some places where the reving exhibition has been too.

A vision of Hope --- Jane Goodall Symposium at the Singapore American School
Envirofest 2009 at the Toa Payoh HDB Hub

Monday, 8 June 2009

The Making of Shoo! Mozzie

The making of Shoo! Mozzie.

During the school holidays, a group of YEGs came back to make a new batch of Shoo Mozzie.

These are the ingredients for the Shoo! Mozzzie. Aloe Vera Gel, essential oils of lemon grass and citronella.

Lemongrass and citronella are natural insect repellents and have been a traditional remedy against mosquito attacks for many years since before the appearance of DDT and other modern insecticides.

YEGs bottling the Shoo! Mozzie.

Putting on the stickers.
Shoo! Mozzie comes in a handy 30 ml glass amber bottle as glass is more environmentally friendly than plastic

The coloured glass keeps out UV rays which damage the contents. Store shoo! Mozzie in a cool, dark place to prolong shelf life.

The funds we raised from the sale of Shoo Mozzie will be donated to Cicada Tree Eco Place for them to conduct educational programmes for the public.

We thank Mr Jacob Lai from skinplus.com.sg
who has kindly sponsored an additional one bottles of Shoo! Mozzie.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Green Generation Concert

A group of YEGs, NCC cadet and Scouts form Mayflower Secondary School were helping out at the Green Generation Concert held on 5th June 2009 at the Singapore Botanic Garden.

They were working in partnership with the Group Endevours Service Learning Group, a group of teachers from the National Institute of Education. Here, they were giving instructions to our students.

Our students waiting to start work.

The palce where the concert was held.

After the event, our students were on hand to clear the rubbish.

All for one and one for all.

Students waiting for the concert to start.

Thanks to Mrs Evelyn Ng and Ms Kamali who were there with the students.
Appreciation to Mr. Gana Mr. Edwin Ho and Ms Faridah who helped to recruit the students from Scout, NCC and the YEGs.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

A vision of Hope

A Vision of Hope

On a bright sunny Saturday, four YEGs and two teachers attended the Jane Goodall Symposium entitled A Vision for Hope.

The YEG took this opportunity to share with the participants on the possibility of using natural herbs found in the kitchen as insect repellent.

They also explain the need to take action to save the Leopard Cat. Here a YEG is putting on the mask which has been designed to promote the understanding of Leopard Cat.

The YEGs who took part in this symposium were (from left) Tracy, Wai Teng , Marcus and Kai Shan.

Dr Jane Goodall visited our exhibition booth. Kai Shan too this opportunity to explain to her about the Shoo Mozzie that were developed by Cicada Tree Eco Place. Ka Shan also presented her with a bottle of Shoo Mozzie.

Marcus also spoke to her about Cicada Tree effort to promote eco living.

The YEG is looking forward to more opportunity to promote eco-living.

They are also inspired by Dr Jane Goodall to start a Root and Shoot in Mayflower Secondary School.

Reflection Questions for YEGs.
1.Why do you think it is important to promote the eco-living?

2. Do you think your effort is worth it?

3. Is there a better way to promote eco-living?

Friday, 5 June 2009

"And I want to particularly say this

to young people

of every faith,

in every country -

you, more than anyone,

have the ability to remake this world."

President Obama's Speech
3rd June 2009.

If not now, when?

We know we are very young,

But if we take that first step,

Change has began.

Mayflower Youth Environmental Guardians have been reaching out to all
Sharing with everyone the need to go green.

In our own small ways,
we too believe that we have the ability to remake this world.