Green Festival – Our annual Fairmont Festival held on Sat 27 October was as always a successful event. For the first time since its inception, the Festival was declared a Carbon Neutral Event. This was achieved by calculating the footprint of the event and the carbon offset was implemented by planting trees on Arbour day equivalent to the amount of CO2 emission offset required.
All future event hosted by the school are to be Carbon Neutral, and the Green Society of the school will me managing this portfolio going forward.
National Coastal Cleanup Day:
15 September was National Beach Cleanup Day and the Green Society together with the members of the Interact Society represented Fairmont High School at the Milnerton Beach. A large amount of waste was collected, leaving the area cleaner and safer for the wildlife and beach goers.
Our Green Society has been active with projects during the year. Their vegetable garden has produced many variants of organic delights, and continues to grow with vigour. The “Save the Rhino” campaign was launched late last term and Fairmont High School was one of 2 school selected by ABSA Bank to represent the Western Cape region of the national campaign. To date they have raise over R3000 rand for the cause by selling T-shirts to supporters.
Support the cause and buy your T-shirt from the financial office at the school.
Becoming a sustainable and environmentally responsible facility is an on-going project that requires innovation, determination and enthusiasm. During 2012 various special projects were initiated with the aim of reducing energy consumption. The projects included: Timer switches on lights in indoor sporting facilities, insulation blankets on all the geysers for water heating and water reducing flush masters for both urinals and toilets and bathrooms.
We at Fairmont are conscious about our environment and the effects of climate change. The future depends on our children and the impact of climate change will affect them directly. Therefore, Fairmont has decided to go green. This is an exciting and fun opportunity which we want to share with our staff, parents and most importantly, our pupils.
Our Green Society is also part of the Fairmont goes Green campaign. The Green Society have already achieved results by implementing a recycling program, and they plan to establish an organic garden at the school, where proceeds will be donated to a charitable school in our area. We invite all pupils to get involved, please speak to Mr. Cronje should you wish to join.