Shawhead school are runners-up in UK energy awards
Pupils and staff at Shawhead Primary School are celebrating after earning a top spot in the Better Energy School Awards 2020.
Their entry Sustainable Energy - A Creative Approach was declared runner up in the Totally Creative Award category for schools across Scotland.
The Better Energy School Awards is a nationwide competition for five to 11 year olds which is run by the Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE) in partnership with Total.
Even with schools in lockdown, more than 28,750 children submitted entries for the awards, which aim to generate interest in the environment and raise awareness of the need for sustainable energy sources.
To inspire them on their learning journey, the children of Shawhead School went on a trip to some local woods, where they met a“unicorn”who explained some key environmental issues to them.
Following this, they wrote their own stories on environmental themes and made models of dens that they would like to make.
They went to Drumlanrigg Castle to see Andy Goldsworthy’s environmental art exhibits there. Having learned about sustainable energy, they made their own eco house and explained how they would power it
YPTE director Peter Littlewood said:“Given the strange circumstances that schools face at the moment, we have been delighted with the number of entries we have received again from schools across England, Scotland and Wales this year.
“Young people are really getting to grips with a wide range of environmental issues and their ideas and actions have been really heartwarming to see.
“We thought that Shawhead School took a really original approach with the way they introduced the topic of sustainable energy to the children.
“Their visits to the different locations really helped to bring the topic alive for them and the resulting work the children produced was of an excellent standard.”
The school has received a prize of £250 in recognition of the children’s efforts.