Pupils win first prize with smash­ing video

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY TAMSIN GRAY

Fet­teran­gus Pri­mary pupils have come first in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for their glass re­cy­clingth­emed ren­di­tion of 10 Green Bot­tles.

A group of five to 12-yearolds from the north-east school sub­mit­ted their mu­si­cal video for the British Glass and Na­tional Schools Part­ner­ship chal­lenge to de­vise a clever way to get peo­ple to recycle more glass.

The Fet­teran­gus group were awarded first place for their ver­sion of the clas­sic nurs­ery rhyme, re­plac­ing the lyrics with “10 glass bot­tles are go­ing to land­fill”.

In­stead of “one should ac­ci­den­tally fall”, the imag­i­na­tive pupils changed the lyrics to “if one glass bot­tle should be re­cy­cled there will be nine glass bot­tles go­ing to land­fill”.

Nik James, head teacher at Fet­teran­gus, said: “The idea for the video came about or­gan­i­cally through dis­cus­sions with their pupil sup­port as­sis­tants Mrs Will and Mrs Whyte, so it’s been a real col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort.

“Mak­ing the video was quite a chal­lenge as it was filmed us­ing a new and un­fa­mil­iar cam­era and it had to be done all in one take. The one we sub­mit­ted was ac­tu­ally the third take.”

The school was pre­sented with £500 worth of vouch­ers by Aberdeen­shire East MSP Gil­lian Mar­tin as their prize.

She con­grat­u­lated pupils and said: “The chil­dren have pre­sented an im­por­tant mes­sage that is a re­minder to us all about the ben­e­fits of glass pack­ag­ing and the im­por­tance of choos­ing al­ter­na­tives to sin­gle-use plas­tic.”

Aberdeen­shire East MSP Gil­lian Mar­tin presents pupil Poppy Lawrence with Fet­teran­gus Pri­mary’s award

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