Horizon determined to help save the planet

The Horizon Academy pupils at the Malelane SUPERSPAR entrance to raise awareness of environmental issues.

MALALANE –  Pupils of Horizon Academy handed shoppers cards with seeds of indigenous trees and encouraged to plant them as part of their efforts to a cleaner, healthier environment, while the group waved placards and sang and danced in front of Malelane SUPERSPAR.

This enthusiastic performance was the culmination of several projects to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5.

Posters with message on how to protect and save the environment could be seen around town and pupils also learnt how they can play a part, through lessons in school.

Parents were invited to visit the school on Thursday morning for an informative talk about the environment, by guest speaker Safwanah Guman.

The event started off with the pupils singing the week’s theme song, “The Earth is my home”, and a poem about the planet was recited.

Parents could then enjoy a short video clip that the school made to spread the message to respect and protect the world.

Guman informed the children of ways they can help save rhinos, support organisations that help save rhinos and raise awareness about environmental issues.

An art competition on the topic of how to save the lives of wild animals was held, and three judges had a tough time deciding the various winners during a recess after the talk. Pupils were required to express their ideas on the topic either through drawings or 3D artworks.

The winners were:

Grade 1 Art – 1st Lissa Zitha, 2nd Twaahirah Matsimbi, 3rd Amkelani Lukhuleni

Grade 1 3D – 1st Warrick Kotze, Precious Mkhatshwa, 3rd Princess Nkosi

Grade 2 Art – 1st Arjun Sopanam, 2nd Nkosinathi Shongwe, 3rd ZamanMkhatshwa

Grade 2 3D – 1st Aneska Kotze, 2nd Nkosinphile Mhlongo, 3rd Michaela Schutte

Grade 3 – Art – 1st Uthandile Shongwe, 2nd Sharlin Nyamane, 3rd Owethu Nino

Grade 3 3D – 1st Junior Ngwenya, 2nd Sharlin Nyamane

Grade 0 Art – 1st Patel Muhammed Talha, 2nd Sahel Tap

Minienhle Mkhatshwa in Grade 000 also received a prize for a well-deserved effort.

Horizon Academy partnered with Bucks Hill Elementary School in Connecticut in the US in the art competition.

Bucks Hill sent their artwork to the school to be judged and the local school sent artwork to Bucks Hill. The school is still waiting for the results.

Retha Nel

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