Mitchell’s Plain school cleans up in inter-school competition
7 November 2019
Mitchell Heights Primary School in Tafelsig, Mitchell’s Plain has won the top honour in the Trash For Treats clean up and recycle competition.
The competition took place over a period of time in which learners had to collect recyclable materials like paper, plastic, metal and glass. Each week the learners received a coloured (red, yellow, blue and green) bag indicating which recyclable waste must be collected.
Ten primary schools in disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape took part in the competition to show learners the value of a clean environment.
Mitchell Heights Primary collected the most waste therefore winning the competition. They collected 1032 kg of recyclable waste. The school won R30 000 towards facility upgrades and each learner at the school was given a R20 coupon to buy something at a shop near to the school. To avoid problems, the school arranged with the shop owner to make party packets to the value of R20 for each learner.
Tamzyn Petersen, a teacher at the school, said the prize money will be used to improve the school’s vegetable garden as well as do improvements around the school.
“During the competition learners took care of the environment by picking up papers and not littering anything around the school. The learners and teachers worked wonderfully together to clean up around our school. We have seen a great improvement in the way the learners have taken care of their school by throwing away any chip packets.”