Pupil power wins £50k eco makeover
ECO- CONSCIOUS primary school students are celebrating after winning a £50,000 green makeover for their school.
Pupils at St Alban’s Catholic Primary School won the eco competition by generating the most energy as they danced on a special stage.
As a result the Keats Drive school will be transformed with state-of-theart energy-saving technology such as solar panels, LED lighting and a new energy efficient boiler, which could save up to £7,000 a year on fuel bills.
Christine Millburn, a teacher from St Alban’s, said: “Being crowned the winners has really topped off an excellent day.
“Our children got into the spirit of the competition from the start and have learned lots about energy efficiency along the way.
“We can’t wait for the energy makeover to take place at the school.”
Pupil Amy Marsh, 10, said: “It feels amazing to have been named the winner, after we worked so hard. It’s great that we could create energy with our feet and we kept going and didn’t stop.”
The pupils, aged between seven and 11, reached the final after submitting designs for an energy-saving school of the future.
Their creative ideas were short-listed from 500 schools across the region and included solar powered computers, bikes in classrooms to power the projectors and wearable wristbands that charge-up when you move to power mobile phones.
The students were then invited to perform an energy inspired dance at the Arndale Centre in Manchester in front of judges Jordan and Perri from Diversity.
And they were named the winners after the points gained from their performance were combined with the energy created when they danced on a special power-generating dance mat.
Diversity star Jordan said: “We were blown away by the amazing performance by St Alban’s Catholic Primary School.
“The kids had a fantastic routine and we were really impressed with how they combined the energy inspired moves into their dance in such a creative, energetic and fun way.”
In addition to the makeover, the children also won a trip to London to do a Diversity workshop.
The competition is part of British Gas’ Generation Green schools programme, which inspires thousands of children and teachers to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the community.
●● St Alban’s pupils celebrate after their energy and ideas won a £50,000 makeover for their school