Shaw­head school are run­ners-up in UK en­ergy awards

The Galloway News - - School News - LORNA THOM­SON

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.

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