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6 September, 2017

Celebrating Spring Day: Planting 30 saplings at Steenberg High School

Celebrating Spring Day: Planting 30 saplings at Steenberg High School
Steenberg 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 come."

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.

Spring day

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," he concludes.

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Source: Rotary