MEMBERS of SMK Convent Pulau Tikus’ Nature Lovers Club came out with a novel idea of using old sinks, salvaged during renovation of the school’s toilets, as flower pots to grow fruits and vegetables.
The club’s 25 members also used discarded toilet doors and transformed them into platforms and decorative walls at the school’s garden.
School principal Khaw Juat Woon said these were among the green initiatives that the club members embarked on when managing a fruit orchard and vegetable farm at the school.
“The students wanted to give a new life to the used items and at the same time, they get to observe how fruits such as cempedak and melons as well as vegetables like cucumber, brinjal and bitter gourd are grown.
“Once the produce are harvested, they are sold to teachers and students, ” she said at the Penang Island City Council’s Green School Award ceremony at Jen Hotel recently.
The school emerged winner in the secondary school category and bagged a RM2,200 prize. It also won an additional RM300 for the best video award.
Meanwhile, SJK(C) Eng Chuan which only sits on a 0.16 ha (1,618 sq metre) space, won the primary school award by utilising every bit of space available to create a herb garden and cactus valley.
“Without the luxury of space, we treasure every bit of space we have and do our best to educate the pupils on the importance of utilising the space.
“At our herb garden and cactus valley, plants are stacked up in beer crates and pots, while old slippers are transformed into walls of hanging pots.
“Rainwater is harvested and stored in a tank equipped with irrigation systems for the water to cascade down to the plants, ” said the school’s senior assistant Chee Poh Leng after receiving the prize on stage.
Penang Island City Council (MBPP) secretary Datuk Addnan Mohd Razali was present to hand out 32 prizes worth a total RM22,000 to the winners.
In his speech, Addnan said 75 schools participated in the competition this year.
He said it was a tremendous increase from the 24 schools which took part when the programme was introduced in 2010.