6 September, 2017
Celebrating Spring Day: Planting 30 saplings at Steenberg High School
High School in the Southern Suburbs has been
transformed: 30 new trees adorn the grounds after
the Rotary Club of Newlands, in collaboration with
environmental non-profit organisation Greenpop,
celebrated Spring Day and the opening of a new Music
and Arts Centre at the school with a tree planting
event on Friday, 01 September 2017.
"The significance of trees cannot
be overemphasised," says Graham Finlayson, president
of the Rotary Club of Newlands. "Aesthetically, the
greenery breathes life into an area that was quite
stark before. The trees not only create a positive
outdoor space, they also will provide shade and wind
protection at Steenberg High School for many years to
The trees are all indigenous,
including Waterberry, False Olive and Wild Olive
plants. Greenpop provided the trees and guidance for
the planting. "When we plant trees, it is not just
about putting a plant in the ground," says Farrah
Schwab, Urban Greening Programme Manager at Greenpop.
"We ensure that the learners and others who
participate in the process understand the broader
environmental significance of every sapling planted.
Together participants learn how to plant and care for
trees and the significance of the tree species we
select. It forms a comprehensive experience that
prepares them to be active citizens united in
practical solutions that address climate change."
The tree planting took place in
response to a challenge issued by Rotary International
President Ian Riseley for all Rotarians throughout the
world to plant a tree by Earth Day on 22 April 2018.
This challenge is being supported by the District
Governor for Rotary District 9350 (for Angola,
Namibia, Northern and Western Cape), Lynette Stassen,
who participated in the tree planting ceremony.
The trees are also a celebration
of growth at Steenberg High School. Spring Day marked
the start of a new phase for the school as they opened
a brand new Music and Arts Centre. The Centre, which
cost about R2,5 million, has a foyer, office, store
room and most importantly, plenty of space for two
school orchestras to practice and perform in. It was
built by Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), in
partnership with the Rotary Club of Newlands who
contributed to and managed the project.
Finlayson believes that it is a
privilege to be part of Steenberg High School's
journey. "As these trees grow and thrive, we look
forward to seeing the Steenberg High School do the
same with the use of the new Music and Arts Centre,"
For more information about the Rotary
Club of Newlands, visit www.newlands.org.za
To find out how you can plant
trees with Greenpop, visit greenpop.org. Join
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