Pupil power wins £50k eco makeover

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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

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