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The Innovation and Environment Education Committee planned and created enriching learning experiences for Nan Hua High students in sustainable environment education.

Curriculum
To imbue the right values in Nanhuarians towards the environment, Environment Education is pervasively delivered across the school, impressing upon all staff and students that it is everyone’s responsibility to care for the environment. All staff is encouraged to infuse environment education in their curriculum so as to strengthen students' awareness on impact of their actions on the environment.

Anchoring our curriculum with key environmental themes that are of global concern - energy and water, nature and biodiversity, reducing waste and litter, school grounds and climate change, teachers may develop creative student-centric learning experiences to engage students to understand and reflect the relationship between their actions and the environment. Embrace, enrich and excel types of programmes may be created to cater to different groups of students of different interests and with different levels of commitment.

Signature Lessons Conducted:
1. Values of the Month Lessons for all Sec 1 to 4 students were conducted, with the focus on teaching the school's core values (namely Sense of Shame and Humanity) and linking the concept to energy and water conservation as well as recycling and reducing wastes.
2. Integrated Science Curriculum for all Sec 2 students. Students learned the concept of environmental science through biology, chemistry and physics. Every student is required to conduct an investigative science project with their team members.
3. 5-6 week enrichment lessons for all Sec 2 students and selected Sec 3 students.

Leadership 
The onus to promote environment education hence lies on every Nanhuarian. When Nanhuarians are convicted of the importance of protecting the environment begins with them, more self-initiated environment education programmes and activities would be seen evidently across the school. It is important to leverage on voluntary programmes to promote environment education where Nanhuarians may develop innovative solutions to solve environmental problems as well as heightening the awareness of environmental issues to the community.


Signature Progrmmes for Leadership:
1. Service Learning Club students championed and led the school in SEED through planning and organising Earth Hour event annually.
2. ECo-Serve Week (Environment and Community Outreach) was planned and organised by Service Learning Club students, Girl Guides and Sec 3 classes annually to promote environment education to the school and community.
3. School leaders and staff play an active role in recycling and promoting sustainable environment education through growing organic vegetables and food waste management.


School Environment
Nanhuarians, having a deep sense of belonging to the school, helped maintain and upkeep a conducive learning environment by demonstrating care for the school grounds. Nanhuarians should be actively engaged to support the school in enhancing features and facilities to promote environment messages. Nanhuarians should also be involved to review environment policies. Policies to guide the school in moving towards a clean and green living may also be annually reviewed to meet the challenges posed due to changes in the environment.

Signature Features in the School Environment:
1. New Eco Lifestyle Store for repurposing the unwanted items to minimise wastage.
2. Sustainable Living Corner set up for growing organic vegetables to promote reduced carbon footprint lifestyle.

Community
Partnership with various stakeholders, from parents to community groups and industrial partners will benefit our Nanhuarians as it provides opportunities for them to demonstrate applied learning in a real-world context that extends beyond the classrooms. Tetra Pak South East Asia Pte Ltd and Worldwide Fund for Nature are key partners with Nan Hua High School to actively promote environmental messages. Sustainable partnership is established with these partners through the Environment Council for providing applied learning opportunities in environmental education both locally and globally.

Signature Events and Programmes:
1. Tetra Pak Southeast Asia Pte Ltd collaborated with Nanhuarians to promote the message of reducing waste and recycling waste through sharing on recycling used beverage cartons with preschools in the West region.

2. Service Learning Club students together with Sec 3 classes and school's Innovation and Environment Education Committee planned and organised the National Environment Quiz to reach out to all P5 to Sec 2 students.

3. National Environment Agency provided food waste digester to the school to convert food waste into compost.

4. Ministry of Environment and Water Resources provide resources to school for values-based environment education lessons.

Benchmark
Standards for our school’s environmental education are aligned with guidelines both at a national level and international level, namely from School Green Awards from Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and Green Flag criteria from WWF’s Eco School Award. The approach to carry out SEED is aligned with WWF's Green Flag Award Criteria where the 7-Step Process from WWF guides the school in giving more ownership to the students to promote environment education.


Curriculum

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Every year, Secondary Two students learn and gain deeper understanding on sustainable environment education through the Sec 2 CnME lessons. This year, they learned the importance of water conservation as Singapore faces constraints in water resources. 

Secondary Two students also learned the importance of waste management and reduction as well as how to upcycle their old newspapers into tea coasters using a quilling tool.

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In our Values-of-the-Month lessons, students applied their understanding on Sense of Shame by showing care for the environment through reflecting on their actions towards the environment. 

Secondary Three students learned to appreciate biodiversity through activities like learning about different types of flora and fauna found living in the urban city garden like Garden by the Bay. 


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Leadership

Students from various CCA groups like Choir and Class 308 as well as Service Learning Club planned and organised Earth Hour event for residents at Clementi West Street 2 on 25 March 2017. Residents learned the importance of energy and water conservation as well as reducing wastes from the games that students designed.

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The school Choir put up a few song items for the elderly and the Infocomm Club created an interesting bilingual video clip to educate the residents on the importance of energy conservation.

Service Learning Club students, Girl Guides and Class 306 planned and organised the National Environment Quiz on 8 April 2017 to reach out to students from Primary 5 and 6 as well as Secondary One and Two. They also put up the Eco Serve Week from 5 to 7 April to educate the school to understand the importance of reducing carbon footprint. 

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Community

Every year, we are thankful for the close support from Parents Support Group in cooking vegetables for school to educate students the importance of leading a low carbon footprint lifestyle
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Earth Hour Video



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School Environment
A food waste management project was embarked on this year. The school, with the help from the National Environment Agency, got a food waste machine to convert food waste into compost. Students and staff participated actively in this meaningful environment activity.

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The school’s butterfly garden, which was set up by a team of Sec 3 Class Environment Champs in 2016 has now sprung up with flowering plants to attract butterflies and helped increase the biodiversity in the school’s compound.