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A community in bloom

17 November 2021

At UWCSEA, education does not just happen within the classroom. Our Service programme uses the green spaces on campus, and students are offered a range of activities which provide avenues for them to learn about many aspects of Singapore’s natural environment.

In 2021 for the fourth time, the East Campus has been awarded by Singapore’s NParks in their annual Community in Bloom awards, which focus on recognising excellence in both landscaping and initiatives which bring community members together in nature in the urban garden that is Singapore.

The award recognises community gardeners that go above and beyond in their efforts, with the goal of encouraging community gardeners to improve the natural surroundings while continuing to enjoy gardening as a fun and healthy activity. The assessment criteria includes not just garden quality, but also community engagement and sustainability efforts—all of which are part and parcel of UWCSEA’s holistic learning programme as it focuses on educating for peace and a sustainable future.

Last year’s Platinum (with Diamond) Award recognises the extraordinary effort and care that continues to go into creating such a variety of spaces that enrich all our lives in so many ways.

Garden Infrastructures

Building the ecological and environmental literacy in our future global citizens is a critical element to education. Claire Psillides, Head of Environmental Sustainability, East Campus

East Campus continues to reap rewards

MS Composting
Middle School Composting Centre

Students of various age groups are participants in gardening services. Our
Service programme uses the green spaces on campus, as students are offered a range of activities which provide avenues for them to learn about many aspects of Singapore’s natural environment.

MS Urban Gardening
Middle School Urban Gradening

This varies from education on at-risk endemic plant species in Singapore to organic cultivation and companion planting. Permaculture skills in designing and maintaining gardens promote biodiversity and pollinating species, whilst at the same time enhance our campus by creating calm, green spaces for the community to enjoy.

Infant School Rooftop Sensory Garden
Infant School Rooftop Sensory Garden

Environmental stewardship classroom are a fundamental part of the Infant and Junior School curriculum. Several units of study centre around the experiential learning students have here, including permaculture skills, forest school skills, systems thinking and project management. 

Rainforest Restoration Project
Rainforest Restoration Project

The Rainforest Restoration Project was established in 2006 and funded by UWCSEA Foundation Trustee Kirtida Mekani through The Kirtida and Bharat Mekani Environmental Sustainability Fund. The Rainforest Restoration Nurseries offer interactive environmental stewardship learning opportunities for students and also biomimicry, pollination and propagation projects. Here MS and HS students work to propagate seedlings of endangered trees and shrubs endemic to the region and to find permanent planting sites for them around Singapore. The project is a collaboration with Yale/NUS College, Singapore Botanic Gardens and NUS.