Alex hon­oured in Lon­don

The Oban Times - - Districts -

A MULL pri­mary school pupil last week at­tended the Palace of West­min­ster af­ter mak­ing it through to the fi­nal of a na­tional art com­pe­ti­tion.

Alex Ged­des of Lochdon­head Pri­mary fought off stiff com­pe­ti­tion to win the re­gional stages of a com­pe­ti­tion, run by Gas Dis­tri­bu­tion Net­work (GDN), to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of car­bon monox­ide.

The pri­mary seven pupil pro­duced and per­formed a lyri­cal poem which saw her win £ 300 for the school and £150 for her­self.

As a re­sult, Alex was in­vited to at­tend the UK fi­nal in Lon­don on Fri­day June 23, when she met rep­re­sen­ta­tives from SGN and GDN, be­fore be­ing given a tour of the House of Com­mons.

Talk­ing about her suc­cess, Alex said: ‘I felt shocked when I found out that I had won and would be trav­el­ling all the way to Lon­don to re­ceive my prize.’

Her mum Lynn added: ‘I’m su­per proud of Alex. She has achieved so much at Lochdon­head Pri­mary School and it’s a lovely way to end her time there as she heads off to high school.’

Claire Bid­well, prin­ci­pal teacher at Lochdon­head, said: ‘ Alex is such a hard -work­ing pupil and her lit­er­acy and art achieve­ments this year have been out­stand­ing. De­vel­op­ing en­gage­ment and crit­i­cal cu­rios­ity in our pupils is es­sen­tial to en­sur­ing they have the learn­ing skills to suc­ceed.

‘We re­searched the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing in the class­room and the ways to recog­nise it and pre­vent it.

‘Alex wrote her lyri­cal poem in class and then ex­tended her learn­ing be­yond the class­room us­ing tech­nol­ogy to film her per­for­mance at home. She has been an in­spi­ra­tion to other pupils and a credit to Lochdon­head Pri­mary school and this re­ward is so well de­served. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Alex.’

You can’t touch it By Alex Ged­des You can’t touch it. You can’t taste it. You can’t smell it.

Car­bon Monox­ide makes your oxy­gen de­crease, so hard, makes me say ‘Oh, my word!’ Dizzi­ness, blurry vi­sion, an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat, That’s not good, get an alarm! Comes from cig­a­rettes and chim­neys. CO, known as such, This is a gas, you can’t touch! I told you home­boy! You can’t touch it! You can’t taste it! Look in my eyes man! In­cor­rectly in­stalled cook­ers, in un-ven­ti­lated places, will give you CO poi­son­ing, it’s sim­ple.

DO NOT PANIC! Just evac­u­ate! Let ‘em know you’ve breathed too much. ‘Cos this is a gas you can’t touch. You can’t touch it. You can’t taste it. You can’t smell it.

Gives you brain dam­age and hal­lu­ci­na­tions, Makes you sweat and shake, You know I’m talk­ing about CO, You’re gonna pass out, you’re gonna die. Your brain is ‘gonna work hard, CO’s in your blood, it’s ‘gonna quit.

You can’t touch it. You can’t taste it. You can’t smell it.

AC­CESS Mull and Iona THE As­sist­ing Com­mu­ni­ties to Con­nect to Elec­tric Sus­tain­able Sources (AC­CESS) project on Mull and Iona uses smart tech­nol­ogy to bal­ance lo­cal re­new­able gen­er­a­tion and lo­cal elec­tri­cal en­ergy de­mand from homes and busi­nesses on the is­lands.

While there is an abun­dance of re­new­able en­ergy op­por­tu­ni­ties in lo­ca­tions such as Mull and Iona, the elec­tri­cal grid in these ar­eas is of­ten in need of up­grades or lack­ing in ca­pac­ity to ab­sorb new, clean gen­er­a­tion. AC­CESS seeks to en­able more lo­cally- owned re­new­able gen­er­a­tion from gen­er­a­tors, such as the 400kw com­mu­nity- owned Gar­mony hy­dro scheme used by the project, to con­nect to the grid at their full ca­pac­ity.

The AC­CESS so­lu­tion es­sen­tially cre­ates a ‘ vir­tual district heat­ing’ sys­tem for cus­tomers who are un­able to con­nect to gas or con­ven­tional district heat­ing net­works, en­abling them to also ben­e­fit from sus­tain­able en­ergy.

It is hoped that the AC­CESS Project will prove a new model that can help make bet­ter use of Scot­land’s vari­able re­new­able en­ergy gen­er­a­tion. The AC­CESS so­lu­tion is hoped to en­able other re­new­able en­ergy projects to con­nect to the grid with a ‘non-firm’ of­fer across the High­lands and is­lands.

The lo­cal net­work op­er­a­tor, SSE Net­works, has now ap­proved the AC­CESS con­nec­tion so­lu­tion as one of its non-firm con­nec­tion of­fers. This al­lows other gen­er­a­tors to re­quest con­nec­tion to the net­work.

The Oban Times. Bai­ley Brown from Tober­mory who won first prize for his 5- 6 year old poem at the Ard­na­mur­chan Mod. His very proud and ded­i­cated mum sent his photo to be in­cluded in

Alex Ged­des.

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