The morning of the 22cnd June had arrived and being filled with excitement, myself and the trees made our way to Accordion Street Primary School, which is situated in Belhar Cape Town. Entering the school gates only felt like yesterday when I was walking my six-year-old self, neatly dressed in my green uniform and happily making my way to class.
Now that we are in the middle of winter, I was afraid that we would have a rainy day in Cape Town due to the weather that was predicted. Luckily I was blessed with blue skies.
The day began with myself, the principal and the school caretakers walking around the school and deciding where we will be planting the trees. We decided to plant the trees on different parts of the school ground. Once this was done, Mrs Nagan (grade 4 teacher) and myself decided that each grade will get a chance to assist me in planting a tree. We started with the senior phase (grade 4-7) working our way down to the junior phase.
With each grade the following was discussed:
- Why are trees important to the environment
- Why is it important to look after our trees
- How we can give back and nurture the environment
With each grade along with my assistance and guidance, I allowed a few students to help dig a hole, entering the tree in to the whole, closing hole and then watering the tree. I decided to do this in order for the learners to gain the experience and to see how easy it is to give back to our environment by planting a tree. Right at the beginning of each discussion and physical participation, the kids were eager to learn and take part in this activity.
Once each tree was planted, we discussed how we as a school unite can nurture the tree in order for it to grow. The following points are what the learners came up with :
- Watering the trees on a regular basis
- Making sure no-one plays near the tree.
- No stepping on them
- No picking of the leaves
To have shared this experience with my primary school has made me become even more humble, remembering never to forget where one comes from, where one is going and to always give back to the community and environment.
Until next time