Deeping St Nicholas Primary School wins environmental award
Deeping St Nicholas Primary School are the joint winners of the FCC Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award for 2019, writes Luke Williamson.
All finalists had to present to judges their commitment to living a more sustainable lifestyle, and the Deeping St Nicholas school was picked as winners alongside St Faith and St Martin Church of England Junior School in Lincoln.
Presentations from the pupils included a range of ways to improve our environment from shredding paper to make compost and litter picking to cycling to school and planting trees.
The school impressed with their extensive list of projects that have been completed recently and also projects that are to be completed in the near future, such as raised sensory beds, log piles for mini beasts, insect and bird boxes, and the newly installed wildlife watching hide, which are also used for a range of studies including maths.
Their next project is to build a greenhouse, inspired by the Eden project, using a timber frame and plastic bottles.
The Eco-Committee at St Faith and St Martin Church of England Junior School meet weekly to discuss environmental issues that concern the school and the local community. Together with their mascot Eco-Flash, they promote reducing, reusing and recycling. They also give assemblies, and each week classes and children are awarded with trophies for their excellent efforts in doing their bit to help save our planet. The children have also raised funds from making cake, sewing hedgehogs, making bookmarks and origami that they sold at the Christmas fair. They used the funds to sponsor jaguar conservation through the WWF.
Runners-up for the FCC Young Environmentalist Awards were Baston CE Primary School, Kirkby La Thorpe Primary Academy, Winchelsea Primary School and Jack Summers for his voluntary work with his Grandpa at Boutham Park in Lincoln.