This year, we had the amazing news that we had been chosen to be one of the nine schools selected to be part of the Jane Goodall, Roots & Shoots Awards, 2023 held at the Barbican in London. To be one of the chosen schools, was a huge achievement as there are well over 1000 schools in the UK alone who are part of this education programme.  On 3rd March, four lucky children who take part in all things environmental in school, joined two members of staff to travel up to the awards ceremony. After a long but fun journey, we found our way to the venue, set up our display and then spent the morning discussing our projects and campaigns to everything who visited our stand (Aquasmart - saving water, Recyclabots and EMR - recycling scrap metal, The Ironman - upcycling crisp packets, (Pre)Loved Clothes Sale - reducing clothes into landfill, Green Tree School Status - planting trees, Toilet Twinning Scheme - raising funds to build toilets in Uganda & Mawali, SwitchOff Fortnight - saving energy, and then achieving our Eco School Green Flag status with Distinctions). The children did a fantastic job; eagerly explaining to every visitor about all the exciting things we have achieved, present and past. We also had the great honour of having a visit from Dr Jane Goodall, who was extremely interested in what we had been doing and spent time talking to all the staff and children to find out more.  Then it was time for the award ceremony itself. First, we received our trophy, alongside all the other schools, for being chosen for the Roots & Shoots Awards which was very exciting as the prizes were handed out by Dr Jane Goodall, herself. Then came the prizes for the Action Climate: Race to Zero Award where The Do Schools sponsored three prizes of £1,500 and we were one of the lucky schools to receive one of these prizes. Whilst we were getting over this completely unexpected accolade, we found out we had also won the overall 'Most Outstanding Group' Award sponsored by the RSPCA - we were overjoyed but in shock! What a fabulous day and well done to the children for their hard work!

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