The children of Heswall Primary School have been named Regional Champions of the Primary Awards for Green Education in Schools (PAGES) 2023.
Their project “A Climate In Chaos” not only took top spot in the ‘Green Creators’ category but was also declared the best project from all schools in northern England.
The Primary Awards for Green Education in Schools is a competition for primary schools in the UK, devised and organised by environmental education charity the Young People’s Trust for the Environment.
The Awards, which aim to inspire excellence in environmental education, received entries from almost 40,000 children this year.
The children of Heswall Primary scripted and performed in an eco film – “A Climate In Chaos”, which was shown at Wirral Science in the Sunshine, a large-scale event hosted by the school, which enables local schoolchildren, teachers and community members to network with environmental and scientific organisations from across Wirral. Over 1,000 people from the area attended the event, whilst 50 organisations took part.
The film was the latest addition to the school’s long-running campaign #HeswallOceanBlue, which was originally started to reduce single-use plastics but has now widened in scope to encompass issues like climate change.
It was based on author and illustrator Neal Layton’s book, which is also entitled ‘A Climate In Chaos’.
A virtual Awards Ceremony video featuring award presentations from celebrity guests will be receiving its premiere on YouTube at 11.00 am on 29 June.
All of the Regional Champions will receive £750 to put towards their school funds.
The UK Champions will be announced during the virtual Awards Ceremony.
YPTE’s Director, Peter Littlewood, said, “Heswall Primary School’s video was simply amazing! We were really impressed by the way that so many children were involved in making it. They sang, they danced, they informed – and they did a fantastic job of explaining climate change and what we can do to tackle it too.”