School cel­e­brates green award but pupils ‘mist’ the boat

The Oban Times - - News -

LOCHDONHEAD Pri­mary School pupils on Mull are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter they were named one of the top three schools in Scot­land for their en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity pro­ject in the re­cent Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land awards.

And the fact they could not pick up their award in per­son due to the ferry be­ing can­celled be­cause of fog has done noth­ing to dampen their de­light.

For the past two years, the young­sters have been working hard to clear and de­velop an area of school grounds to cre­ate a con­ser­va­tion gar­den. Ewan from P7 and Alex from P6 pick up the story: ‘ It was just an­other or­di­nary day in school when we got a phone call to say that we were one of three schools nom­i­nated for an Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land award, specif­i­cally in the cat­e­gory Learn­ing for Sus­tain­abil­ity.

‘ Be­fore the award we got vis­ited by Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land to see the ev­i­dence of our learn­ing and to de­cide if we were wor­thy of first place.

‘ When they came, Alex took them on a tour around our school while dif­fer­ent pupils showed the walls with as­pects of our learn­ing. They were es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in our con­ser­va­tion gar­den be­cause we are de­vel­op­ing our sci­en­tific skills and learn­ing about sus­tain­ing life.

‘On Wed­nes­day June 8, three of the pupils and our teacher Ms Bid­well were sup­posed to go to Glas­gow for the awards cer­e­mony but un­for­tu­nately we couldn’t get there as the ferry did not sail be­cause of the fog.

‘ We were dis­ap­pointed but that is one of the re­al­i­ties of liv­ing on an is­land. To make up for it, we are go­ing to have our own award cer­e­mony in school. Even though we came run­ner-up, be­ing nom­i­nated felt like win­ning.’

Teacher Claire Bid­well added: ‘ We’ve had a great deal of suc­cess and per­sonal achieve­ment in the past year, win­ning first prize in the SEPA Our En­vi­ron­ment Award and now com­ing in the top three of the Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land awards.’

Three of the pupils and their teacher were all set to travel to Glas­gow for the awards cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day but the ferry did not sail.

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