Local Schools Compete for ‘rubbish’ Prize

Braehaed Primary turned old books into new treasures to sell at their Xmas Fayre
Braehaed Primary turned old books into new treasures to sell at their Xmas Fayre

The Levenseat Trust invited schools from West Lothian and South Lanarkshire to compete in the Acorn Awards encouraging them to work with their communities, looking at environmental and ecological projects. This year’s theme was ‘Recycling – Encouraging Responsible Citizenship’.

Last week the Judges were out visiting all the schools that took part to find out what they had been up to, and enjoyed seeing a variety of entries. Over the two days they found themselves in the middle of a Fashion show; before taking part in and arts and craft activity were they decorated canvas bags and were even treated to a variety show of singing, dancing and a rap on the benefits of recycling. The judges were extremely impressed with the variety of different ways that the schools had interpreted the theme and how many had been out getting their local community involved.

This year’s theme of recycling was chosen to coincide with the opening of the new Materials Recycling Facility at Levenseat and all the schools were invited to take a tour of the new facility as part of their research.  

The winners will be announced on November 16th at an Award Ceremony in Longridge, all the schools taking part will be invited along and will have the chance to see all the other entries.

Well done to all involved, we hope you enjoyed the theme and look forward to seeing you all at the award ceremony in November.  

Auchengray Primary learned about food waste and are now making their own compost and have a wormery
Auchengray Primary learned about food waste and are now making their own compost and have a wormery.
A recycled co-ordinates robot
A recycled co-ordinates robot
Forth Primary create a mini stage from old wooden pallets and a plastic bottle education tool to help the nursery children learn how to count
Forth Primary create a mini stage from old wooden pallets and a plastic bottle education tool to help the nursery children learn how to count

Notes to Editor

 
About the Acorn Awards

The Levenseat Trust run a competition each year for all the Primary Schools within the catchment area, namely Addiewell, Auchengray, Braehead, Falla Hill Fauldhouse, Forth, Longridge, Our Lady’s Stoneyburn, St John the Baptist Fauldhouse, St Thomas’ Addiewell, Stoneyburn and Woodmuir Breich, encouraging them to work with their communities, looking at environmental and ecological projects.

A theme is decided at the beginning of the year by the Trust and advised to the schools when they are invited to participate. The award aims to increase partnership working between schools, parents and local organisations. Each school is awarded £500 at the beginning of the project to cover any costs incurred while running the project.

At the end of the project judges from Levenseat Trust visit each school to learn about their project and meet the pupils involved. The schools are then invited along to a presentation day where the Award winner is announced and they receive the trophy for a year and a cheque for £50.

Criteria to be considered by the Trust Panel

The level of the children’s involvement

Were the parents and local community involved?

What was the standard of evidence supplied by the presentation on the themes

About The Levenseat Trust
see http://www.levenseattrust.org.uk

 

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