Our Eco Projects
Did you know that plastic takes up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill? Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making plastic from raw materials. And enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the Earth four times! Plastic is one of the easiest things to collect and recycle – we often use plastic in our art projects and installations around the school (one of our murals is also displayed at the Oman Aquarium)!
An eco-garden integrates ecological and environmental concerns into the landscape of a garden. It is a step toward helping the environment and helps to reduce the school’s environmental footprint. We are incorporating as many organic methods as possible, in order to make it as earth and Oman friendly as possible, such as making our own compost, using blackwater for our irrigation, and planting native plant species.
One of our first community projects was the ‘adoption’ of Seeb beach in an attempt to keep it clean and beautiful. When rubbish such as plastic bags and straws get into the oceans - animals easily mistake it for a certain food source. This is why collecting rubbish that has been washed up or left on the beach helps to improve the coastal and ocean ecosystem, and reduces pollution in the ocean.
Aquaponics a system that combines aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as Tilapia) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In normal aquaculture, excretions from the fish can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, the water is fed to a hydroponic system where the ammonia is broken down by nitrifying bacteria initially into nitrites and then into nitrates that are absorbed by the plants to make protein. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.
What goes in our composter?
Food waste from the whole school, including the kitchen and villas, paper shredding, and grass cuttings. Food waste is also an ESS project aiming to monitor food waste in the cafeteria by weighing it, and starting with the IB cafeteria.
The Frankincense 'Luban' Tree (Boswellia sacra). In Oman, trees grow in Salalah which are harvested and then sold around Oman and to the world. The Palm The date producing palm tree is traditionally revered by locals. Their fruits being served with coffee as a custom. Many local families keep gardens with palms and pick their own dates for consumption. The Simr (Acacia) The Simr tree is native to Oman and other regions. Special features of the Simr are: • Simr is the wood of choice for heating when making the traditional dish of 'shuwa' meat marinated and cooked underground for hours. • Special quality honey is made from bees which pollinate using the Simr blossoms. The Qurm 'Mangrove' Tree The Qurm region in Muscat is named after the tree. We are also hoping to plant a number of these trees in the Eco garden and around school
Oman witnesses huge swarms of migratory birds during their seasonal journey between their nesting habitats and the places where they spend winters, especially those birds migrating from Europe and East Asia. Many birds, especially water fowl, migrate from faraway regions like northern Siberia, and travel about five thousand kilometres.
In our very own Eco garden we see a number of these birds and learn a little bit about their behavioral patterns form nesting to feeding. The students have made floating feeding platforms to see this first hand.