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THRUMSTER TAKES " NATURAL PLAYGROUNDS" PRIZE
30 September 03
Schools were asked to describe what their school's grounds were like at the moment and what could be done to improve them for nature, environmental education and their enjoyment. The competition was open to all schools in SNH's North Highland Area, i.e. Caithness, Sutherland and North Wester Ross.
Natural heritage books and wildlife posters will also go to the three runners up: Golspie Primary School (Primary 4), Mount Pleasant Primary School, Thurso, (Primary 4) and Mount Pleasant Primary School, Thurso, (Primary 5). Poster sets also go to highly commended entries from Bonar Bridge Primary School and Castletown Primary School.
All the schools above will now be encouraged to develop their ideas further and apply for a SNH Schools Grounds Grant which could offer up to 100% funding for natural heritage projects.
Morven Murray, retired High School biology teacher and one of the competition judges, said "The unique feature of Thrumster School's entry was the great sense of humour in all the individual components and the fact that the pupils had looked at their school's grounds through the eyes of the wildlife which might visit it." Ian Mitchell, Development Officer for SNH in North Highland, added that "it was a unanimous decision that Thrumster should win given they not only described in words what they felt they wanted for their grounds but they backed this up with amusing illustrations, poems, paintings and some wonderful colourful models".
Head Teacher at Thrumster Primary School, Mrs Linsey Mackay, was delighted to receive the news of their success and explained: "All our pupils were involved in completing the project, doing modelling, writing and painting. Everyone here is, of course, really pleased that our entry was chosen by the judges and are all looking forward to our prize outing later this autumn."
The attached photos were taken today (30/9/03) at Thrumster Primary School when the prize winners certificate was handed over by SNH's Ian Mitchell to Hollie Gibson and Henry Taylor, Primary 1 pupils. Also in the photograph is Marina Finlayson, Highland Council Ranger for East Caithness.
Given the success of this year's competition, SNH has announced it will run another "Natural Playgrounds" competition to be judged at the same time next year. This time the task will be to get individual pupils or classes/schools collectively to design a bird table and/or a wildlife feeding area for their playground. The prize will be to work with the schools to have their design turned into reality and made out of natural materials. Details of this new competition will be sent to all schools in North Highland in the next few weeks.