A Joburg school filled their swimming pool with plastic to teach the learners a lesson

Swimming Pool

Dainfern College taught their learners a valuable lesson about pollution in the ocean by using their swimming pool as a plastic dump before a big swim-a-thon.


Plastic bottles are affecting our oceans and the environment, leaving a path of destruction where all living beings are affected. That is why the Dainfern College Foundation and Student Head of Environmental Affairs, Stella Ritsito, decided to do something bold to bring their student’s attention to the damage created by our consumption of plastic.

The Annual Swim-a-Thon, which has been a Parents’ Association driven tradition at Dainfern College for many years, is when Prep School students swim lengths to raise funds for Dainfern College. The Foundation, who promotes student social engagement, saw this as a perfect opportunity to put experiential education into motion.

While the students got ready for their Swim-a-Thon, the High School team polluted the pool with plastic bottles so that the students could experience the destruction of plastic and how it affects ones’ ability in the water; showcasing the ongoing aquatic crisis that is happening on our planet. The Grade 8 pupils set an excellent example to the younger pupils by removing all bottles from the pool after the event.

‘What started out as an awareness campaign for the students has now gone viral on Facebook, as environmentalism is such a topical subject,’ says Tracey Blyth, Foundation Manager.

The Foundation post was made on Wednesday 7th March, and at the time of posting this article, two days later, the post had been shared by over 2 000 people, liked by over 1 400 people and reached 227 000 people globally.

Encouraging comments from all around the world have been received in support of the school, many insisting that other schools should do the same in order to increase awareness at a school going level.

The global threat of plastic on the earth has reached critical heights, and unless we start raising awareness with the youth, we may see the issue continue to rise.

People are becoming highly aware of their own daily contributions to the global issues we face. By raising awareness, we can encourage consumers to be more mindful of their every purchase.

Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water

Oceans cover three-quarters of the Earth’s surface, contains 97% of the Earth’s water, and represent 99% of the living space on the planet by volume.

As much as 40% of the world oceans are heavily affected by human activities, including pollution, depleted fisheries, and loss of coastal habitat. – United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals

The best education is through experience.

The Dainfern College Foundation was thrilled that Dainfern College teachers used this experience to highlight that we are the only ones who can control the outcomes on our planet and that we have the power to change ourselves for the better.

Dainfern College, who are proudly part of Round Square, has placed a major emphasis on Environmentalism as an integral part of the education they offer and believe that all, regardless of their field of study and work, should encompass having a holistic approach to our environment.

Round Square is a worldwide network of innovative schools in 50 countries across six continents that share a passion for experiential learning and character education.

Dainfern College recently withdrew the use of plastic straws at the tuck shop and will continue on this path as they find ways to combat the single-use plastic problem that we face globally.

Think Globally, Act Locally

The Dainfern College Foundation is in the process of selecting beneficiaries for the plastic drive and will continue their efforts to raise awareness through amazing initiatives with its students.

“How can we make a difference?
We can all start by starting”

Well done to Dainfern College Foundation and the College for an amazing initiative.

We look forward to meeting your future leaders of tomorrow!

Sources: Supplied
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy. Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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