Climate Challenge Cymru success for north and south Pembrokeshire schools
Pupils in the north and south of the County have been congratulated on their Climate Challenge Cymru credentials.
Members of the Stepaside CP School Eco Club introduced a Walk and Wheel challenge in an assembly before measuring and recording the number of journeys not made in cars to school.
Their research and evidence showed that more pupils could walk to school so they made a video outlining the benefits of walking to school, highlighting safe routes as well as the impact on the environment of idling engines in the car park.
This resulted in first place in the Sustrans category at the Climate Challenge Cymru awards ceremony in Cardiff recently where pupils received medals and certificates - and two scooters for the school.
Headteacher Peter Jones said: "We are very proud of the achievement of our Eco committee and Eco club. They have worked very hard to encourage the whole school community to get involved and actively travel to school.
“They thoroughly enjoyed working on the project and their trip to Cardiff to receive the award from MS Eluned Morgan and the Sustrans representatives. We are grateful for the support the pupils received from Mrs Theresa Williams, our school admin officer, who leads our ECO committee and club."
At Holy Name Catholic Primary School in Fishguard pupils won in their category for their research into seagrass and its role in helping to combat climate change and improving marine ecosystems.
The school’s Eco Team created a presentation to spread awareness to their peers about the importance of seagrass and included a Minecraft seagrass habitat along with a game created to allow all ages to get to know more about its role.
To reach a wider audience, the team of six designed a website to share their research, videos and the game that has been added to the school website and accessed by anyone.
They were also delighted with their trip to the Pierhead for the award presentation.
Nichola Thomas, Year 5 and 6 Teacher said: "As a school we are incredibly proud of our pupils and their dedication to improving awareness of environmental issues through their work on the Climate Challenge Cymru project.
“The pupils carried out detailed, independent research on seagrass and shared their findings in innovative ways using technology to engage with and inform a young audience."
“This is a wonderful achievement and we are delighted that the pupils’ hard work has been recognised in this way,” added Headteacher Abigail Davies.