The Total Green School Awards, our national initiative for primary school children, encouraged even more young people to take a proactive interest in the natural environment and the need for sustainability.
The awards, run by Young People’s Trust for the Environment, saw over 25,000 young people taking part across the UK with 360 projects submitted in 2010.
A group of young people from Pilling St John’s Primary School in Lancashire were crowned UK national winners at the national award ceremony, London Zoo, for their excellent project “The Pilling Coral Reef”. Head teacher, Pauline Tate, said “the project had everything; cross curricular learning, care for the environment, community involvement and even fundraising.”
The Green School Awards allow Total businesses around the UK to encourage their local schools to participate, such as Total’s Bitumen business, a close neighbour and supporter of Pilling St John’s Primary. Mike Linley, General Manager, said “I have visited the school for several years and I am always impressed by the work the children do for the awards. Their knowledge and creativity is outstanding and, with the support of their teachers, they are able to explore complex environmental issues whilst having enormous fun.”
Peter Littlewood, Director of Young People’s Trust for the Environment said “the relationship between YPTE and Total has developed into a true partnership with both organisations reaping the benefits from our mutual association”.
2010 regional finalists were Pilling St John’s C of E Primary (North); Castle Park Primary (Wales/West); Saint Matthew’s C of E Primary (South/Central); Knockbreck Primary (Scotland).