Thrive’s 2015 EnviroQuiz Event: Fire & Fynbos

Silkamva learners placed 2nd for their EnviroArt "Litterbug" entry

On Friday September 4th Thrive Hout Bay hosted their annual EnviroQuiz at Ambleside School in Hout Bay.  22 schools from across the Cape Town area, 10 junior and 12 senior schools, participated in this year’s quiz entitled, “Fire and Fynbos – the Cape Floral Kingdom”.

The event is the culmination of weekly articles published in the Sentinel Newspaper and other Independent community newspapers since July 24th written by Thrive together with several environmentalists from UCT, the City of Cape Town and icologie/ewizz to organise for the annual Readers EnviroQuiz. The articles were of the theme “Fire and Fynbos – the Cape Floral Kingdom” written in response to the recent fires on the Peninsula in order to educate readers more about the impact of the fire on the 5 Thrive Pillars of Sustainability: Waste, Local food, Water, Energy and Biodiversity.

At the EnviroQuiz learners tested their knowledge gained from reading the 6 articles published in the local newspapers as well as additional Thrive curriculum on how to live more sustainably. Substantial monetary prizes and eco prizes were awarded to winning Junior and Senior schools, together with trophies crafted out of recycled materials.

Additionally the EnviroArt competition invited schools to enter a large “Litterbug” sculpture made from litter picked up at school, on the street and in the Cape Floral Kingdom to educate their fellow learners about the importance of picking up litter and recycling. Local “recycling” artist, Mambakwedza Mutasa, assisted is judging the entries. Educational outing packages to Boulders Beach, Table Mountain, and the Two Oceans Aquarium along with artworks from the Bay Harbour Market were awarded to the winning schools.

Hout Bay High School won the EnviroAudit for the second year in a row wherein Thrive auditors take measurements of the school’s day to day management of waste, water and energy and assess the school gardens to see if they are waterwise and include biodiversity. They assess the quality of the school compost heaps and worm farms and measure both the quality and quantity of food grown in the veggie garden and fruit and nut orchards.

Thrive also announced their use of their R10,000 MicroGrant from the Hout Bay Partnership which will benefit Hout Bay High, Sentinel Primary,  Silikamva High & Ikhaya le Themba’s gardens. They each were presented with a set of garden equipment for their Eco Heroes to use in the gardens and were given seedlings to plant and compost to assist their growing of plants. The produce grown can be used in the school kitchen to be eaten by the whole school or bought by parents and teachers. Some of the food may be sold at a local market or to local restaurants to be enjoyed by more Hout Bay residents who could be inspired to grow local themselves or offer a piece of their land for local food growing businesses.

Congratulations to all the schools and learners for their EnvrioAccomplishments and we look forward to seeing the continued growth and productivity of our local school’s gardens!

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