Pupils at South Gosforth First School were given an early Christmas present when Green Santa dropped in and presented them with a cheque for £250 after winning a competition.
Local bus operator, Stagecoach North East invited school children across Newcastle to write a letter to Green Santa to ask for environmentally-friendly presents for their school, and South Gosforth First School were selected as the winning entry.
The winning letter which was penned by children from the Eco Owls group requested some solar-powered water features to develop its schools pond, and some materials to make mini beast hotels and hedgehog homes. The eco group also asked for plants and bushes to help develop the nature garden, as well as child-friendly water butts to help water the plants during the growing season and some academic guides to help identify and monitor plants and animals.
The schools achieved its Silver Eco-Schools Award last year and this academic year, is hoping to gain its first Green Flag award. During the presentation the Eco Owls sang a recycled version of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ with three recycled pens, 5 can rings and 10 bags for keeping just some of the ideas included.
Nine-year-old Anna Morgan, a veteran Eco-Owl and pupil at the school, said: “I liked doing all the planting in the nature garden. I’m looking forward to more next year.”
Chris Ingram, teacher at South Gosforth First School, said: “The children at SGFS are very environmentally aware. They love using all the child sized garden equipment Green Santa helped us buy last year and are very excited outdoor plans for next year.”
Phil Medlicott, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East, said: “The Green Santa campaign enables us to support our local schools and help educate children to become more environmentally aware, and our Green Santa has certainly captured their imagination.
“The entries this year were impressive and the schools obviously work hard to develop the green initiatives with much success, so we would like to give our thanks to everyone who entered the competition. Our congratulations go to South Gosforth First School for its excellent entry and we are delighted to be able to help their eco-programme even further. We wish them every success in their Green Flag Award.”