STEPPING INTO THE LIMELIGHT FOR SOME GOOD CAUSES
SCHOOLS from across Buckinghamshire took the limelight to showcase national and local causes close to their hearts.
Hosted at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre, the GoGivers Make a Difference Challenge involved about 300 pupils from 20 schools.
Each had chosen a cause and developed an awareness-raising, fundraising or direct action campaign around it, then presented it to fellow pupils and teachers.
They each produced a presentation scrapbook for judging, and the three winners were Great Missenden Combined School, who did a project on road safety in the village, Bearbrook Combined School, in Aylesbury, who developed an anti-litter campaign, and William Harding Combined School, in Aylesbury, whose presentation focused on older people.
Great Missenden School pupils became news reporters to investigate road safety issues in the village.
BBC News Presenter Gavin Esler agreed to introduce their video presentation.
The challenge, led by Buckinghamshire County Council Children’s Programmes Team in partnership with the Citizenship Foundation, was woven into each school’s Citizenship curriculum.
The council’s deputy cabinet member for education and skills Noel Brown, who presented pupils with participation certificates, said the range of causes chosen by pupils demonstrated how carefully they had thought about issues not only locally, but nationally and internationally.
He added: “I was so impressed with the challenging causes they had chosen, and how well they tackled some very difficult topics, and this showed a real depth of understanding.”
Other schools taking part included:
Thomas Harding Junior School; Year four Water Wastage
Iver Heath Junior School; Year three Distal Hereditary Motor Neuropathy Type 6
Hawridge and Cholesbury Cofe School; Year five Endangered Animals
Millbrook Combined School, High Wycombe; Year five Poverty in High Wycombe and Recycling
Stoke Mandeville Combined School; School Council - Tiggywinkles, caring for sick, injured and orphaned British wildlife
Brookmead School; Year four Homelessness, Year four and five Animal Cruelty and Protection, Year five Safe Parking in the Village
Radnage Cofe Primary School; Year three and four Child Bereavement
Ash Hill Primary School; Year five WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature)
Little Kingshill Combined School ; Year three Road Safety in the Local Area
Hyde Heath Infant School; Year two Bridging the Gap
Chalfont St Peter Cofe Academy; Year five Action 4 Archie, Brains Trust, Shelter Box
Loudwater Combined School; Year four Preventing Cancer: Small changes make a big difference
Wendover Cofe Junior School; Year three Helping Local People who have Dementia
Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School; Year five Help Improve the Forest Opposite our School
Celebrating success: Youngsters from Great Missenden School and, below, from William Harding School