A strong promoter of environmental conservation since 2000, Woodgrove Secondary
School moulds our next generation of environmental leaders through education,
service learning programmes and school-wide events. Widely recognised for its
environmental efforts, the NEA's Ecofriend Award and PUB's Watermark
Award recipient has also received the Community in Bloom (Silver) Award from
the National Parks Board and the Sustained Achievement Award from the Singapore
Curriculum-based and hands-on learning form the two pillars
environmental education pedagogy, with topics on environmental conservation
incorporated into subjects such as Geography and Science. Students also regularly
case studies and project work in the school's nursery and greenhouse.
To inculcate environmental awareness and action amongst the student population,
the Green Activists Club was set up in 2002 for students to organise and participate
in environmental outreach projects. The school's Green Movement Committee,
which comprises management, administrative, support and teaching staff, oversees
and organises school-wide environmental programmes such as commemorative activities
to celebrate World Water Day, and the recently launched Youth for the Environment
Day. Students also play a lead role in organising Green camps for school children
from other schools in the North West district.
Beyond educating its students on good environmental practices and greening
its school compound, Woodgrove's extensive partnerships and networks
have enabled it to effectively reach out to other members of the community
in the areas of water and nature conservation. Since 2004, the school has adopted
a part of Mandai Nature Reserve for weeding and planting purposes. In 2010,
Woodgrove adopted the Sungei Sembawang River under PUB's Active, Beautiful
and Clean Waters programme. Woodgrove also co-organised several educational
workshops for primary and secondary school students, together with NGOs such
as the Waterways Watch Society, and community organisations like the North
West Community Development Council.
Woodgrove Secondary School's passion and
initiatives in going beyond the classroom to effect change in its students
and the larger community are
indeed qualities that other educational institutes can learn from.