2019 Taiwan Students Hosting

As part of NJC’s many exchange programs, we often have students from different schools around the world coming to experience what school life in our college is like.

Today, we had the opportunity to host one group of such students from Taiwan, and shared with them about our vermicomposting project. This included teaching them how we set up the worm beds and fed the worms, and ended off with us fertilising the plants in our garden with some of the fertiliser that we had collected.

We would like to thank all of the students for taking the time to participate and we hope that they had an enjoyable experience!

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2019 Pulau Semakau Landfill Learning Journey

Pulau Semakau Landfill – What is it?

Located about 8 kilometers south of Singapore, Pulau Semakau is Singapore’s only landfill, as of the present, that began operating on 1 April 2019. It has a perimeter of 7 kilometers and was build to contain non-incinerable waste and the ash produced by incineration plants.

Initially, the landfill was expected to last till 2045, but due to an unexpected growth in the rate of production of solid waste, it is currently estimated that it will only last till 2035. Bearing in mind that continuously building landfills is neither a viable nor sustainable option, the issue of waste management in Singapore has become a particularly important one to address.  In order to do this, many efforts have been made, including the implementation of specific measures at Pulau Semakau Landfill itself. In order to learn more about these measures, a group of Greenlink members went on a Learning Journey to the island.


Benefits from the Learning Journey

Our Greenlink members were taken on a guided bus tour around Pulau Semakau and got to see how waste was being treated, finding out many interesting facts about the landfill in the process.

One of the most surprising things was that despite it’s identity being that of a landfill, most parts of the island were surprisingly clean and scenic. This is in large part due to the fact that the waste was not randomly dumped , but instead unloaded into landfill cells, where they would be leveled and compacted before being covered with a layer of earth. Flora would then take root and form a green landscape, resulting in the appearance of the island being as such.

One other interesting thing we learnt about is the great length to which the management have gone to ensure that the landfill makes minimal impact on the environment. One of the measures taken in this aspect is the lining of the perimeter of the island with an impermeable membrane and a layer of marine clay, ensuring that any pollution will remain within the landfill, among many others.

It is due to this that Pulau Semakau has a vibrant ecosystem, with marine life such as crabs, starfish, sea otters, tortoises and corals and also other wildlife – particularly birds! In fact, Pulau Semakau is one of the best places to bird watch in Singapore.

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Check out this bird that we managed to spot! Can you identify what it is?


Final Thoughts

The Pulau Semakau Learning Journey was interesting and enjoyable, but simultaneously insightful and educational. Our Greenlink members benefited greatly from this learning journey and strongly encourage everyone to visit should they have the chance to.

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We would like to thank Tiong Bahru YEC for organising this outing and for giving us the opportunity to take part, and we do hope that all of the other participants had fun as well!

2019 June Open House – Garden Tour

On NJ’s June Open House, our Greenlink Members and JH3 Green advocates conducted garden tours for parents and members of the public. They brought them around our college’s side garden and central garden as they introduced to them the plants, their fun facts, medicinal purposes, pollinators and many more!

 

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The garden tour was certainly an exciting and insightful experience for the parents and students as they got to learn lots of interesting facts of the various plants in our college! If you are interested in our garden tour, DM us on Instagram @thegreenlink and we will notify you when our next garden tour is open for signups!

2019 June Open House Vermicomposting Workshops

Greenlink welcomed our first 2 vermicomposting workshops of the year on 1st June!

These 2 workshops were attended by students from Marsiling Primary School as well as members of the public and were conducted by Swapna Priya, Cammie Sim and our new Greenlink trainers (Chan Syn Ning, Low Weslyn, Deepika & Jayashree).

During the workshop, our Greenlink members shared with the participants about the current food waste situation in Singapore before enthusiastically introducing the concept of vermicomposting to them. They taught the participants how they can easily obtain DAISO shoe boxes and turn them into a worm factory!

From the numerous questions posted during the FAQ segment, we could tell that the participants had enjoyed the workshop. Our Greenlink members had an enjoyable time interacting with the primary school children and members of public during the workshop. These DIY worm factory workshops were definitely meaningful for both facilitators and participants and we hope that they will take good care of their worm factories as well as spread this sustainable practice to their family and friends 🙂

 

 

2019 Greenlink Corner Refurbishment

Plain white walls with a cluttered floor! Well, you will see that no more!

During the last week of the semester, Greenlinkers came together during the evening armed with paintbrushes to beautify our very own Greenlink corner! It was a wonderful bonding activity for Greenlinkers as we smeared the walls with beautiful hues of paint and passed tins of paint all around.

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Not only are the walls painted, the many items that were on the floor previously are now organised into drawers and shelves!

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sketching!

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Of course, this would not have been possible without the help from H2 Art students as well as the Greenlinkers who organised the club-wide refurbishment session! Lastly, we would like to thank the school management for allowing us to decorate this space!

 

Do drop to have a look at our refurbished Greenlink corner!

 

 

 

 

2019 NJC e-Recycling Initiative

This May, NJC started our very first e-Recycling Initiative. Electronic waste contain a lot of harmful chemicals and carcinogenic substances. Improper disposal can lead to leak in lanfills and waterbodies.

This initiative aims to educate the NJ community on e-Recycling. There will be CCE talks and movie sessions held throughout the year, by Green Advocates of the various levels, so as to educate their cohort mates on why should they e-recycle, how to e-recycle and what to e-recycle. By educating students about e-recycling and raising awareness for this initiative, we hope that students will pick the option of e-recycling over disposing such electronic waste in normal trash bins.

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Besides CCE talks and movie sessions, our JH4 GAs have also planned a series of activities in order to educate our student community in NJ. An-interclass poster-making competition will be held for all cohorts in Junior High. Students will be given the task to create a e-poster on e-recycling and students will be grouped into groups of 4-5. Each group has to produce 1 poster. The class chair will choose the best poster for submission. Besides the best poster being able to be rewarded with a prize, the other posters will also be uploaded on Greenlink Instagram, blog and many more platforms to educate people on the importance of eRecycling. 

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As Starhub RENEW is currently undergoing the restructuring of such an e-recycling system in Singapore, they are unable to provide our college with any e-recycling bins. Thus, we have contacted Nature Society of Nanyang Girls High to collaborate on this project. An eRecycling bin will be set up in our college and when it is full, we will send it over to Nanyang Girls High to drop it off in their RENEW bin. Thank you NYGH for lending us a helping hand 🙂

More details on e-recycling will be updated and posted in the later half of the year. Also stay tuned to find out more about NJ’s first e-recycling program!

 

2019 Earth Week BYO Programme

For this year’s Earth Week, Greenlink launched a Bring Your Own programme to encourage school staff and students to bring their own lunchboxes for takeaways, to reduce usage of single-use styrofoam and plastic takeaway containers.

To kick off this Bring-Your-Own initiative, our Greenlink members conducted CCE sessions to educate NJ students about how using such single-use takeaway containers bring about harmful effects on the environment.

 

Next, we gave out cards for students and staff to collect stamps whenever they refuse single-use takeaway containers so as to encourage them to bring their own Tupperware lunchboxes for takeaways!  bcb3a976-47b2-40a9-a9d1-3b5b9408ba96.JPG

c94c696d-5391-40e9-90ec-a40916ddf17c.JPGAt the end of the month, we also gave out WHEAT (not plastic!) cutlery sets to students and staff who collected 8 stamps on their cards. 🙂

We hope that by rolling out this initiative, NJ community can be more aware of the deleterious effects on our environment when using single-use takeaway containers and we hope that they would join us on our journey to greening NJC! 🙂