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Pupils take up the Challenge to go green

Lancaster Girls' Grammar School pupils and head of citizenship Chris Workman with Lancashire county councillors at the Challenge Cup event.

Lancaster Girls' Grammar School pupils and head of citizenship Chris Workman with Lancashire county councillors at the Challenge Cup event.

Four local schools won awards in a countywide contest encouraging schools, pupils and parents to come up with innovative ideas to make their schools healthier, greener and safer.

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, Morecambe Road, Heysham High and Silverdale St John’s were among 20 finalists across four categories in the final of the 2014 Chairman’s Challenge Cup.

As part of their bid to scoop the awards, pupils had to make presentations about their projects in front of a judging panel at County Hall last week.

Morecambe Road School came out on top in the Special School category.

In the Secondary School category Heysham High were awarded runner-up and received £250 for raising awareness of Heysham Moss both within the school and to local members of the community.

Students met with the Wildlife Trust to discuss the impact fire damage can have to the nature reserve and its variety of wildlife species.

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School finished third in the same category thanks to their project, which involved the School Council setting up a team to recycle and shred any unwanted paper in school.

The shredded paper was then given out to people to use as bedding for small pets.

The school’s £150 prize will be spent on new recycling boxes for all classrooms.

Meanwhile, Silverdale St John’s Primary School’s Reaching out with Green Fingers project centred on making the school ground’s garden greener and more sustainable by planting vegetables and flowers.

They have also started constructing a greenhouse made entirely of recycled pop bottles.

Pupils Emily Bodenham, Sophie Creed, Kate Wales, Laura Pickering and Gabbi Wilson made the school’s presentation, for which Silverdale received a bronze award in the Family Involvement category and prize money of £100.

County Coun Michael Devaney, chairman of Lancashire County Coucil, said, “The challenge is a great opportunity for children to think about important values such as taking notice of the world around them, connecting with other people, giving something back to the community, and ways to be active and keep learning.”

 

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