Eco / Nature Club

GreenLine – Composting for Kids Workshop

As part of the Green Schools Campaign 2022-23, GreenLine had organized a workshop- ‘Composting for Kids’ on 19th November, 2022 at Don Bosco Provincial Hall, Matunga. Suhaan Kheradia from std 6 and Aarav Vengulekar from std 8 were given the opportunity to attend the workshop. Mrs. Asha Vengulekar accompanied the students to the venue.

The session began at 10:10 a.m. They taught us how to compost, what to compost and where to compost. We did a DIY with the help of a plastic bottle and they taught us the entire procedure of bio-composting in a step- by- step manner. We were also given ideas about how to take care of the composting bin. At the end after concluding the session, we were provided with refreshments followed by a group photo with all participants and the organiser staff. We thoroughly enjoyed this session as it was very educational, informative and made us realise that we too can do something for our environment in our own little way.

Suhaan Kheradia Aarav Vengulekar Ms. Adelaide Pereira

Std.6.2 Std.8.1 Eco-Club Co-ordinator

No Cop Out 27 - Webinar

The “No COP Out 27" webinar was organised by The Pratyek Organization on the 4th and 5th November 2022 on the Zoom Platform. The theme of this year's webinar was “Stand up and Speak out”. COP stands for Conference of Parties, a meeting where representatives of different countries put their thoughts into a global document to conserve our planet Earth.

The sessions on both the days began with the showcasing of videos based on various aspects of climate change and the solutions required to be put into practice to save our Mother Earth. The theme song for COP 27 was also played. There were various hosts that compered the webinar all of which are child environmental enthusiasts and activists. After that keeping in mind how we humans are connected to the Earth and to remind us about the vital connections to the forests of our planet we did a few minutes of deep breathing exercise. For both the days there were different speakers from various countries some of which are delegates for this year’s COP 27. The speakers spoke about climate change, child rights with regard to having a safer environment and also spoke about how we the children ‘the future of the Earth’ should raise our voices against what is happening to our Earth and work towards righting the wrong.

On the second day, child environmental activist Tom Jones from England who was a part of COP 26 shared his experience about it and what he envisions for COP 27. At the end of the session on both the days there was a question-and-answer segment where questions asked in the chat box were addressed. Also a quiz was conducted on the second day about all the things discussed at the two-day webinar. At the end a Google form link was given to voice out our recommendations and opinions which would then be put forth by the delegates at this year’s COP 27 and a document ‘Common Charter 26’ of the views of the children would be created.

This year's COP27 will be held from 6th to 18th November at Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt with a view to building a better future and providing a cleaner environment on Earth for the coming generations.

Rudresh Jogadia Sparsh Gaurav Sagwekar

Std.8.1 Std. 8.1

Green Line- Wildlife Mask Making Competition - 2/10/2022 to 8/10/2022

On the occasion of the National Wildlife week (2nd of October to 8th October 2022),

Green Line organized a Wildlife Mask Making Competition for all the schools that are associated with it. The registration and submission of the masks was done via Google forms for which the date of commencement was 6th October and the process ended on 8th October. The sole purpose was to make students aware of the importance of wildlife, the endangered wildlife species and encouraging them to preserve it.

A few boys from our school participated in this competition. The results were announced by Green Line on 11th October, 2022. Shlok Parekh from class 7.1 won the second place from among all the schools with his beautiful Lion mask. He was awarded an e-certificate for the same by Green Line.

Ms. Adelaide Pereira

Eco-Club Co-ordinator

Eco Audit Team Meeting held on 26th September 2022

The Province Eco Audit Team members - Mr. Gerry Mascarenhas and Mr.Baba Prasad Lanka visited the school and a meeting was held on 26th September 2022 at 11:30 am. The meeting was attended by the Principal - Ms. Preema Noronha, Vice–Principal - Mr.Savio D’Mello, Headmistress Mrs. Minelia Monteiro and the teacher in-charge of the LEAF initiative Ms. Valentina Saldanha (Secondary Section).

The main aim of this meeting was to discuss the eco-audit of the school conducted by teachers in-charge of the Eco-club and to enable the Province Eco Audit Team to interact with the staff who were involved with the eco-audit. Mr. Gerry Mascarenhas and Mr.Baba Prasad Lanka shared examples of the various activities conducted by other schools in the Province. The discussions were centered around eventually making SXBA a zero carbon school. Ideas such as having a vertical garden, monitoring the water supply bills, weighing and documenting the waste generated by the school were discussed as goals to be achieved in due course.

The Principal escorted Mr. Gerry Mascarenhas and Mr. Baba Prasad Lanka on a tour of the school in order to seek more ideas to enhance and expand the green activities of the school. The meeting ended at around 12:20 pm with a plan to meet the students of the nature club at the next meeting.

Ms. Valentina Saldanha

Teacher In charge – LEAF (Secondary)

Greenline Waste Management Session – 15/9/2022

The second session by ‘Greenline’ for the Nature Club members was held on

15th September 2022 in the Media Room at 1 p.m. The session was mainly based on the topic – ‘Sustainable Waste Management’ with the focus theme being ‘Hasting Against Wasting.’ The session consisted of an informative PowerPoint Presentation and some exciting games.

The session increased awareness about segregating waste at our homes not just into the wet and dry bins but as a biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. We learnt that 73% of the total waste consists of food waste. This food waste can be used to make compost which is a good alternative rather than dumping it in the dumping grounds. Over 70% of the total waste goes to the landfills and based on this a video was shown about the harmful effects of the waste dumped at the Deonar Dumping Grounds. Also some ideas of how to manage waste were discussed in the session namely: - Reducing Waste, Reusing Waste, Recycling Waste, Segregation and Composting

At the end two games were played. The first game consisted of segregating different items into dry waste and wet waste. The second game enabled us to answer some questions based on waste management in an exciting way. In this way the session encouraged us to segregate the waste at our homes and try to implement the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra.

Rudresh Jogadia Ms. Adelaide Pereira

Std.8-1 Eco Club Co-Ordinator

Beach clean up – 10/9/2022 and 11/9/2022

Students from std 8th and 9th from SXBA participated in a beach clean up drive organised by the Red Cross on Saturday 10th September 2022 at Girgaum Chowpatty at 9:00 a.m.

The students from std 5th to 10th also participated in a beach clean up drive organised by the Lions Club, Churchgate on Sunday 11th September 2022 at Girgaum Chowpatty at 5:00 p.m.

The aim of the drive was to clean the beach post the visarjan of lord Ganesh on

9th September 2022. Students enthusiastically participated in the same. The drive helped them to contribute towards the reduction of waste in the ocean and also raised awareness about marine pollution.

Ms.Heena Pereira Ms.Valentina Saldanha Ms.Adelaide Pereira

Nature club Coordinators

Science Exhibition 2022 - AB Ward Level – 29th & 30th August 2022

"The purpose of Education is not simply to learn facts but to train the young minds to think."

This year as per the guidelines of NCERT, Science Exhibition was organised with the central theme - Technology and Toys, in which our school students participated at the AB ward level on 29th and 30th August, 2022. This year Anjuman Islam's Allana English School hosted the Science Exhibition.

In the Juniors category Yashas Dandekar and Jaineel Dahibavkar from Class 6 put up a project on Mathematical Modelling through which they explained how Mathematics can be used to solve the real life problems. They used mathematical formulae to calculate the number of plants that can be placed in a given amount of vertical space to produce maximum amount of oxygen.

In the Senior's category Maeryn D'Souza and Meet Motivaras from Class 9 put up a project on Environment and Climate Change in which they explained the Global Warming and Climate Crisis we are facing, the causes, effects and the necessary steps that need to be taken on an urgent basis to prevent Global Warming.

Although we were expected to put up the projects at a very short notice, we are proud of our students for willingly coming forward to take it up and put in their best efforts. They supplemented their projects with some informative charts and still models and explained their ideas to the viewers and visitors with great pride and enthusiasm.

Overall it was a good learning experience for our students as they also viewed the other projects that were put up by the other schools. The program ended with a valedictory function and prize distribution ceremony.

Ms.Sharon Buthello and Science Teachers

Teachers In charge

Greenline Green School Campaign - ‘Walk with the Grooves’ -20/8/22

School Personnel Meet – 16th August 2022

The Managers and Heads of school were invited to a School Personnel meeting on 16th August 2022 at St.Mary’s ICSE School from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Mrs.Revathi Srinivasan – a leading passionate educationist was the resource person and she shared her inputs on the National Education Policy (NEP) - School Education and Assessment. Mrs.Revathi explained about the various stages in School education from the Foundational stage to Std.12 according to the NEP and how we as educators need to upgrade ourselves and our skills to learn something more everyday. She looks upon the NEP as guidelines and not as a dogma wherein ‘Learning to Learn’ is the tenet behind the NEP. Through various personal examples of her students and a number of interactions that she has had with them, she drove home many pertinent points with regard to the NEP. Value based, skill development, collaboration, integration and interdisciplinary approach are the highlights of the NEP. Assessment on competencies acquired rather than testing of mere ‘Learning outcomes’ will henceforth be done. Hence the NEP calls for a Pedagogical change.

The next session was on ‘Eco Audit’ by Fr.Luke s.j., Mr. Babalanka Prasad and Mr. Gerry Mascarenhas (both alumnus). St.Xavier’s Boys’ Academy and St.Xavier’s English Medium School, ICSE Manickpur were chosen to present their school’s Eco Audit with the gathering. This was followed by ‘IGuru’ a platform for career guidance who alongwith ‘Prafulta’ also made their presentations and offered their services to schools.

The meeting ended at 1.30 p.m. with a sumptuous lunch for all the invitees.

Ms.Preema Noronha


GreenLine First Session 25th July, 2022

The First Greenline Nature Club Session for this year was held on 25th July 2022 in the Media Room. Their Theme for the Year being ‘NATURAL RE-SORT', we were presented with some informative and thought-provoking videos and slides related to it.

We learnt about fossil fuels and how we use it in our daily life which harms the environment to a great extent. The visuals also provided us with information about Oil sourcing, the grim reality of deforestation, mining activities, emission of Greenhouse gases and the heavy price that we are paying i.e., the way it affects our climatic pattern and causes climate change. It also pointed out the important role of frogs in our Ecosystem.

The adverse impact on climate, calls for urgent actions in order to save Earth and humanity. The MCAP (Mumbai Climate Action Plan) aims to tackle problems arising out of climate change for a coastal city like Mumbai.

The aim is to promptly ACT and RE-SORT both our resources and our priorities.

Ms. Adelaide Pereira Aryan Babardesai

Teacher in charge Std.8-1

The Green School Campaign 2022–2023: Teacher’s Orientation Programme -25/6/2022

The teacher’s orientation programme for the Green School Campaign 2022–2023 was held on June 25, 2022, from 10:15 AM to 1:00 PM at the Don Bosco A.V. hall in Matunga. The programme started with the introduction of the new Green Line team whose director is Fr. Leon Cruz.

"Natural Re- Sort" is the theme for this academic year. Fr. Leon and all the members spoke about various aspects of the theme. A special guest- Ms. Monalisa Mukherjee who was the former member of the Greenline team spoke about how the rising sea levels have threatened the sinking of Mumbai city. She also spoke about how capitalist consumerism is responsible for generating waste and thereby harming our Mother Earth.

After this the Green School Campaign schedule and functioning was explained in detail. The campaign will be divided into 3 parts:

i) Indoor sessions would be held three times a year.

ii) One workshop will be conducted every month, both online and offline on the theme mentioned above.

iii) A variety of activities, such as monthly field trips to natural parks, hiking trails, clean-up projects, etc., would be organised to connect students to the outside world.

Students would also be given a variety of monthly tasks from July to January. Greenline would review all submitted reports and pick the top 10 schools after evaluation at the end of the year.

The Green Schools Campaign is an engaging, interactive initiative that teaches students about ecological sustainability and gives them the chance to actively participate in practical environmental projects. At 1:00 PM, the programme came to an end, and the teachers enjoyed a packed lunch.

Ms. Adelaide Pereira

Eco Club Coordinator

Staff Orientation- 17/06/2022 – (9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.)

An Orientation programme for the academic year 2022-2023 was organised for the staff of all sections on 17th June, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. in the school hall. The orientation programme was conducted by Fr. Wendell D’Cruz s.j. The theme for our school this academic year is ‘Education and Ecology’, keeping in mind the UAP - ‘Care for our Common Home’.

After the prayer Fr. Wendell showed a short video on Man by Steve Cutts that depicted the harm man is causing nature. Fr. then asked us to form groups of 5-6 people and discuss what we felt after watching the video and the issues we observed in it. After this Fr. went on to explain how ecology can be integrated into education and discussed various aspects of Eco-education. This was followed by a short break where refreshments and snacks were served.

After the break the school’s Eco audit that was conducted by Ms. Valentina Saldanha,

Ms. Heena Pereira and Ms. Adelaide Pereira was displayed. Based on the Eco-audit and the topic chosen for the year- ‘Conservation of Water’ Fr. asked the staff to brain-storm and come up with various ideas and activities that can be done to sensitize, create awareness and bring about an impact in the thinking and behaviour of the students with regard to ways to conserve water. For this the staff were divided section wise and had to put forth their views which were then read by the Eco core team members assigned to each group.

The session concluded with Fr. Wendell asking us what each of us would like to personally take away and practice from the points discussed and how would we go about doing it. The session ended with the Vote of Thanks proposed by Ms. Valentina and the giving of a token of gratitude to Fr. Wendell D’cruz for sharing his precious time and orienting the staff of SXBA.

Ms. Adelaide Pereira Ms. Valentina Saldanha Ms. Heena Pereira

Teachers In-charge