Atkinson Road Primary Academy entered the eco competition launched by Stagecoach North East as part of its annual Green Week campaign. 19 young eco warriors from the school completed an activity sheet, listing as many environmentally friendly activities as possible, with ideas such as litter picking, recycling and switching off lights when not needed.
The young pupils also demonstrated their design skills with bright and colourful pictures of a Stagecoach bus and its passengers on a journey, and the school was selected as a winner from all the schools in Newcastle, thanks to their efforts.
The school was presented with a £250 cheque which will be used to buy green items for everyone to benefit from, including exterior seating to make an outdoor area for reading. As a thank you to the school and to reward the youngsters for their hard work, the school received a visit from bus driver and eco champion, Martin Foster and trainer and eco champion Keith Nugent, from the Walkergate depot.
During their visit, Martin and Keith talked to pupils about the ‘green’ activities that take place around the depot, such as sorting waste into bags for recycling, collecting litter and saving energy by using lights that turn off when room are not in use, to help protect the environment.
The pupils were able to explain to Martin and Keith the activities that they take part in at the school, which was recently awarded with a Green Flag for litter, energy and recycling. These include litter picking by the student council and recycling by the eco team, with ‘green’ canvas bags alongside classroom doors for pupils and teachers to add their waste for recycling. The winning youngsters and the eco committee also received goody bags for their hard work.
Nine-year-old Dean, a pupil at Atkinson Road Primary Academy, said: "I enjoyed taking part in ‘Stagecoach Green Week’. I went on a walk with my family, turned off lights when I left a room, ate a salad and tried broccoli for the first time.”
Keith said: “Pupils at Atkinson Road Primary Academy sent in a fantastic range of colourful activity sheets and thought up some great ideas to be ‘green,’ so well done to all the youngsters who took part.
“The children really enjoyed the visit and it was lovely to see them so enthused about the environment, which they are clearly passionate about. I hope the school can add to its green credentials with the prize and keep up the great work they are doing.”
Mrs Gillian Crow, Eco Committee Co-ordinator at Atkinson Road Primary Academy, said: "The school has worked hard to achieve the Green Flag Award and we were delighted to win this competition. It is good to see the children being ‘green’ at home as well as at school.”