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Georgie Van Dyke and Weston Hills Primary School win Environmental Awards, Sally Donaldson and South View Primary School make award-winning Contributions to the Community




Schools in Crowland, Spalding, Weston Hills and the Deepings are celebrating their Environmental and Contribution to the Community Awards respectively.

Weston Hills Primary School's efforts during National Science Week in March saw it take the group Environmental Award, ahead of The Priory School, Spalding.

Judges also selected Georgie Van Dyke, of Spalding High School, as the individual award winner, with Helen Conboy, of The Deepings School, accepting the finalists' certificate from Coun Christine Lawton, of category sponsors South Holland District Council.

EDUCATION AWARDS 2019: Georgie Van Dyke accepts the Environmental Award from Coun Christine Lawton (left), of South Holland District Council. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-040719-028TW
EDUCATION AWARDS 2019: Georgie Van Dyke accepts the Environmental Award from Coun Christine Lawton (left), of South Holland District Council. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-040719-028TW

Georgie, who launched her school's crisp packet recycling scheme, said: "I am ecstatic because I am passionate about the environment.

"It was nice to be recognised for doing something that I love."

Donna Upsall, Science Leader at Weston Hills Primary School, said: "The children were over the moon to have won the Environment Award."

EDUCATION AWARDS 2019: Georgie Van Dyke (back row left), pupils from Weston Hills Primary School and teacher Donna Upsall, with Coun Christine Lawton (left), of South Holland District Council. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-040719-027TW
EDUCATION AWARDS 2019: Georgie Van Dyke (back row left), pupils from Weston Hills Primary School and teacher Donna Upsall, with Coun Christine Lawton (left), of South Holland District Council. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-040719-027TW

Sally Donaldson, a PE teacher at The Deepings School, won the individual Contribution to the Community Award for her work with staff to improve their mental wellbeing.

Mrs Donaldson, who along with co-founder Nicola Brister also runs Bourne-based charity "Don't Lose Hope", succeeded last year's winners from Peele Community College, Long Sutton, Betty Boor and her senior citizens' Christmas lunch team.

The awards were presented by Amy Bedford and Gemma Budd, of category sponsors Bakkavor.

EDUCATION AWARDS 2019: Pupils from South View Community Primary School, Crowland, and Sally Donaldson (second left), with Gemma Budd (left) and Amy Bedford (right), of Bakkavor. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-040719-036TW
EDUCATION AWARDS 2019: Pupils from South View Community Primary School, Crowland, and Sally Donaldson (second left), with Gemma Budd (left) and Amy Bedford (right), of Bakkavor. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-040719-036TW

Mrs Donaldson said: "To have been nominated by my peers is really humbling because mental health is something that's a really big issue in secondary schools."

South View Community Primary School, Crowland, won the group award for its "10 Miles in 10 Days" charity walk which raised £2,300 for repairs to Crowland Abbey after vandalism last year.

Head teacher Joanne Tomlins said: "We were so sad, as a school, to hear

that damage had been done to our beloved Crowland Abbey which we visit regularly throughout our school year.

"So our School Council members felt that we should help because Crowland is for all of us.

"Therefore, we all have a role in looking after the town."



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