THE CHILDREN of Balsall Common Primary School have been celebrating after being named as award winners in the Better Energy School Awards 2020.
Their entry ‘Water Wisdom’ was declared runner-up in the ‘Totally Clued Up’ Award category for schools in central and southern England, winning the school a prize of £250.
All pupils at the school were involved in a wide range of environmental activities and learning, including visits from Severn Trent Water and Arup. The school’s Eco Ambassadors visited Birmingham Botanical Gardens and found out about tropical animals and fair trade. They concluded their work by recycling plastic waste, creating cactus pots and mood emojis.
The Better Energy School Awards is a nationwide competition for five to 11 year olds, which is run by the Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE) in partnership with Total.
Even with schools in lockdown, over 28,750 children submitted entries for the 2020 Awards, which aim to generate interest in the environment and raise awareness of the need for sustainable energy sources.
YPTE Director Peter Littlewood said: “Given the strange circumstances that schools face at the moment, we have been delighted with the number of entries we have received.
“Young people are really getting to grips with a wide range of environmental issues and their ideas and actions have been really heartwarming to see.
“It’s great that the children of Balsall Common have been able to continue their learning about the environment while the school has been closed.”
The Better Energy School Awards competition will run again in 2020-21. Visit www.betterenergyschoolawards.org.uk for more information.