London school scoops nationwide solar energy competition

by Search Gate staff. Published Thu 12 Feb 2016 14:11
Pupils celebrate solar energy award
Pupils celebrate solar energy award

Stoneydown Park Primary School, Walthamstow, is walking on sunshine after winning a national competition organised by environment charity Friends of the Earth to win free solar panels worth up to £15,000.

The London school came out top in a national poll, receiving over 7,500 votes, after being shortlisted along with five other schools as part of Friends of the Earth's Run on Sun campaign.

Schools who entered the competition were asked to submit creative entries created by pupils on the theme of 'the Sun'. The judges were particularly impressed with Stoneydown Park Primary School's video montage of solar powered inventions designed by children in years 3 and 6.

Their designs were produced in science lessons where children learned how solar power is generated. The accompanying song 'Beautiful flowers' was sung by their pupils and the pebble art was made by their eco art club. Run on Sun was launched by Friends of the Earth last year to make it easier for schools to run on solar power.

The campaign has been backed by a number of organisations and individuals, including players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Jayne Cominetti, Head Teacher of Stoneydown Park Primary School said: "I am absolutely thrilled that Stoneydown has won this fantastic competition to have solar panels at our school. We have had amazing support from children, staff, parents and many people in the wider community which has been massively appreciated.

“This means a great deal for us as we are really committed to educating children about the environment so this will be a wonderful legacy for generations of Stoneydown children to come.

"Our entry truly reflects the work that goes on in our school, and the tremendous community spirit that surrounds us. So an enormous thanks to Friends of the Earth – this is a very exciting day, one of great joy and celebration, and we can’t wait to get our solar panels installed."

Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said: “Congratulations to Stoneydown Park Primary School, who are worthy winners of Friends of the Earth’s Run on Sun competition and will be receiving free solar panels that will help them cut energy bills and tackle climate change.

“Friends of the Earth were overwhelmed by interest in this competition, with parents, teachers and children getting involved right across the nation. It just goes to confirm the very high level of public support there is to embrace the clean, green energy and say goodbye to dirty fossil fuels. It’s high time for the Government and councils to acknowledge this passion, and make it much easier for all schools to finance and fit solar”.

Dale Vince, CEO of Ecotricity, and one of the judges, said: “Huge congratulations to Stoneydown Park Primary School! Friends of the Earth’s Run on the Sun has been a great way to educate schools, kids and their families about the benefits of solar power and other forms of green energy. Solar panels can help schools, and all of us - save money and tackle climate change.

“It’s been great to be a part of the judging process and really wonderful to see what the kids have come up with. As a result Ecotricity are looking to help all schools ‘Run on Sun’ by offering to install panels for them."

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