World Youth Rhino Declaration:

Uplands is proud to announce that Emma van der Meulen will accompany the Rhino Declaration to Vietnam!

Uplands pupil, Emma van der Meulen, has been selected to represent Project Rhino KZN and South Africa as a Youth Rhino Ambassador at the Operation Game Change culmination week in Vietnam in October this year.

Emma will be joining a carefully selected handful of South African Youths to present the World Youth Rhino Declaration to government leaders of Asian countries that are driving the illegal poaching of rhino and other endangered species, as well as visiting schools in Hanoi to interact with Vietnamese youth and spread a youth-orientated rhino conservation message. 

Uplands Eco-School

Uplands was awarded an Eco-Schools
Platinum Award in 2012 and it has
maintained its International Eco-School
Flag Status since then.

Rhino Ambassadors - Hard at work to deliver on a promise to save our grey giants

After the World Youth Rhino Summit in September of 2014, the 12 Uplands College delegates – feeling empowered and excited about the prospect of 2015, met to discuss what they might do to improve, and bring awareness to, the plight of the Rhino. It was decided that the best way to get the information “out there” is to educate the children who live in close proximity to our Kruger National Park. The SMILE initiative, where a group of dedicated student-teachers give English lessons to Grade 4 learners from Maqamela Primary School on our Uplands campus, is the place to start. It is with this group of children that we have initiated our rhino lessons. Chris Daniel, the author of “Bongi’s Quest” – a tale about a young rhino who sets off on a journey to discover what happened to the horn that was taken from his uncle - has partnered with us in our own quest. The delegates purchased 100 copies of this book in Siswati and with an English translation, to give to the SMILE children and use as a base for the learning to take place. 

To visit the Uplands Rhino Project Facebook page: Click here
To watch the Uplands Shout Out: Click here

Calendar Garden

The Uplands Calendar Garden was planted in March 2013 adjacent to the Grade 4S classroom.  The Calendar Garden project is a ‘hands-on’ plant phenology study to help South African scientists understand and confirm predictions of how plant responses may be tracking climatic change. Each Calendar Garden is simply a set of 5 indigenous plants suited to hot and dry conditions of the South African Lowveld.  The plants are not watered or fertilized.  The garden area is being kept neat and it is being weeded.  The area of the garden was chosen as it is exposed to full sun for most of the day and it is also unprotected by shade of large trees.

Click here for more on the Calendar Garden


Uplands has signed up for the ENO Treelympics 2014. ‘Citius! Plus!  Fortius!’ or Faster! More! Stronger! is the motto of this worthwhile campaign. We have all heard of the Olympics and probably dearly loved to have taken part at some time or other. Here is an opportunity to get involved with the Olympic Games in something different - ‘Tree Planting’. Environment Online (ENO) is a global virtual school and network for sustainable development.  ENO made a strong commitment in Rio + Summit to plant 100 million trees by 2017. The ENO program calls children, the youth, schools and cities of the world to join up and pledge that they will plant trees. Sue Kloeck writes “I personally, see the concept as working like this. You choose to plant a tree in your own garden or farm and then you send me an email to tell me about it and I can keep a record of how many trees our Uplands community is going to plant and has planted in spring. ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) If you would like to plant one at Uplands, then contact me for a choice of suitable indigenous trees. These trees will be planted in September, Arbor Month.  (Usually we wait for the first rains before planting as the digging of huge holes is easier then).  If you would like to be part of the proposed project to establish a mini fruit grove on the far side of the Grade 000 classrooms, then also get hold of me. I think that this idea will provide our children with the valuable experience of planting, growing and caring for something as well as seeing the ‘fruitful’ results in the  years to come. UPLANDS  is currently listed 40th in the List of Top 100 Schools for the trees reported in 2014. Treelympics website:Click here


It is so rewarding to drop off electronic waste at a depot where one knows that it will be recycled and what can't be recycled will be disposed of correctly.

For smaller ewaste

  • Makro has a Desco http://ewaste.desco.co.za/ recycling facility in the car park.
  • Incredible Connections at Riverside Mall will also take Ewaste.
  • Both of these facilities can take Ewaste up to the size of a vacuum cleaner.

If you have something bigger that you would like to dispose of, there are two options.

  • Firstly wait for the Uplands EWaste collections.There will be a collection at the Uplands Festival when there will be a trailer available at the campus entrance to dispose of electronic waste. The second collection will happen in the fourth term.
  • Alternatively you can call Marius Kotse on 082 85 85 800 to come and collect the bigger items for you. ( old washing machines, fridges, air conditioning units etc)

Ewaste is a huge Environmental and Health problem -

Electronic waste is a growing problem. Every year, more than 50,000 tons of electronic goods are thrown away in South Africa as our lives increasingly revolve around computers and electronic devices. Simply defined, e-waste is the waste created by outdated, useless, and inoperable computer, electronic and electrical equipment such as CPU's, hardware, monitors, printers, products used for data processing, telecommunications or entertainment, etc. E-waste takes up space in municipal landfills and contains toxins which leach into soil and water systems.The facts are real and the statistics are staggering! E-waste contains more than 1,000 different substances, including lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, selenium, hexavalent chromium, and flame retardants that create dioxin-like emissions when burned. About 70 percent of the heavy metals (mercury and cadmium) in landfills come from electronic waste. Consumer electronics make up 40 percent of the lead in landfills. These toxic heavy metals can cause brain damage, allergic reactions and cancer.

Going Green

Every year indigenous trees are planted to ‘green’ the school campus. There are extensive indigenous, drought-resistant, bird-attracting gardens on the campus.


Well-known birder, Duncan Butchart has spent many hours recording a comprehensive list of Birds found on the Uplands Campus.

If you would like to get involved in this wonderful initiative then visit the website for instructions.
Click here for the website


Uplands Eco-Facebook page, click here

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