School’s green dream wins a coveted award

Pupils and staff at Pilling St John’s CE Primary School are celebrating after being named regional winners in a national environmental contest.

Their project Look took top spot in the Totally Creative category of the Total Green School Awards across northern England and was declared Regional Champion too - the best of all the projects entered in all four award categories in the north of England.

The school’s project focused on environmental art, using recycled materials to create sculptures and artworks, many of which were exhibited for the local community to enjoy too.

Activities included making environmentally friendly Tracy Island models - a teacher had kept the original 1993 instructions for making the model from TV’s Blue Peter - a magic carpet of recycled materials, the creation of an ice sculpture in Climate Week 2013, a sculpture trail around the school grounds and decorated carbon footprints - plaster casts of the children’s own feet leading the way around the sculpture trail.

The project involved all 60 pupils and reached out into their community too, delivering a message of care for the environment.

Headteacher Pauline Tate said: ”The school community is wholly committed to sustainable living and celebrating our wonderful world.

“Achieving this award enables us to celebrate this work and spurs us on even more.”

Pupils representing their school will be joining other regional champions at the national awards ceremony at The Science Museum in London on June 20.

All of the regional champions will receive a specially commissioned trophy and a cheque for £1,000 to put towards their school funds, while the UK champions – to be chosen from the regional champions – will receive a total of £5,000 for their school funds. See www.totalgreenschoolawards.org