London Schools Environment Awards
St Stephen's Church of England and Sulivan
primary schools win £3,000 in cash.
Left to right: St Stephen's Primary School pupils Opeyemi Adebiyi
and Jenicka Nicholas, both ten, Sulivan Primary pupil Mohamad
Sulivan teacher Mandy Wilson, London Mayor Ken Livingstone, Sulivan
Primary pupil Ava Crawford
and St Stephen's Primary learning
mentor Natasha Joahill.
of London Ken Livingstone presented on Thursday, April 22, Sulivan
Primary School and St Stephen's Church of England
Primary School with cash prizes for their work for the local
environment in the London Schools Environment Awards.
Sulivan Primary School won a distinction award of £2000
and St Stephen's Church of England Primary School won a highly
commended award of £1000. Wildlife presenter Bill Oddie
hosted the awards ceremony and the winners were entertained
with a performance by Eurovision and Fame
academy star James Fox.
Mandy Wilson, year five teacher at Sulivan Primary, said: "We
collect waste paper and card in recycling bins provided by the
council and have written an action plan for waste and recycling
in the school. Children have been reducing the amount of packaging
in their packed lunches and taking part in regular litter picking
sessions in the playground and the school building. We have
also organised a paper making session, where the children did
their own pulping and recycling, with the help of parents and
In partnership with Capital Standards and sponsored by Cleanaway
and EDF Energy, the awards have been developed to foster children's
sense of responsibility for their environment and the categories
schools focused on were - litter, waste and recycling, energy,
transport and biodiversity. The children learned about the need
to reduce, re-use and recycle waste and to save energy at home
and at school. They were taught about biodiversity and learnt
about a variety of plants, animals and habitats.
Two schools from each of the participating boroughs received
the awards. 570 schools and 210,000 children in London took
part in the scheme.
Ken Livingstone said: ''These awards have really put the environment
on the agenda in London's schools and this is the first time
for many years that London children are learning about the real
problem of litter and about keeping their environment clean.
Children have got involved in a whole manner of ways -by carrying
out litter surveys and involving their parents by getting them
to sign anti-litter pledges and by improving recycling rates
in their schools by poster campaigns and recycling collections.
They have been planning and building wildlife, vegetable and
herb gardens to better understand ecosystems and different habitats
and they have shown a sound knowledge of conservation and the
problem of climate change.'
Pupils at Sulivan Primary School were also visited last Thursday,
April 29, by Waste Watch's Cycler,
the rapping robot.
Supported by Biffaward and in co-operation with the Rethink Rubbish
Western Riverside campaign, Cycler taught children how they can
tackle rubbish through reducing, reusing and recycling their rubbish.
school sessions feature the robot dancing and rapping about recycling.
Accompanied by an Education Officer from Waste Watch, Cycler's
highly interactive show was fun and full of facts. It forms part
of a national environmental education programme run by Waste Watch.
An activity book full of puzzles is provided for follow-up exercises
after the show to maximise the show's educational impact.
Stevens, Education Officer for Waste Watch, said, "Every
household in the UK throws away just over one tonne of rubbish
per year, of which around 75% could be reused or recycled to avoid
wasting valuable resources. Cycler raps and talks to the children
about this. They quickly learn the message and soon join in -
it's a message they'll also enjoy taking home!"
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