School ‘recycling champs’ royally recognised for their commitment to recycling and the environment
Five ‘Recycling Champions’ from Corpus Christi Catholic Primary had the special honour of meeting HRH the Duke of Kent at the official opening of the Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF).
The children showcased, not only their throwing skills, but also their understanding of materials that can be recycled (finely honed through a recent school visit to the Leeds RERF) and challenged the Duke to a game of bean bag recycling. One Year 6 pupil, Casey Mitchell presented her winning poster from a school competition, to the Duke as a memento of his visit.
Casey’s creative poster depicted the story of how people can make Leeds cleaner and greener by encouraging re-use, reduce, recycling and recovery, by letting “others know every piece [of rubbish] should go in one or other of the different bins” (green, black and brown). Casey raised awareness of the giant grab claw that carries up to 6 tonnes of waste in one swoop and the furnace that burns rubbish at a minimum 850˚C at Leeds RERF. Casey also included calls to action on her poster:
“Save the earth for what it’s worth” and “The world is a better place when you recycle”
Pupils from Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School play the recycling game with HRH the Duke of Kent
Wendy Walsh, Headteacher at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, said:
“RERF is a wonderful visit both educationally and to prepare the children as citizens by inspiring them to be guardians of their planet for future generations. Thank you for such a wonderful experience. The children were so enthusiastic and complimentary after their visit which has provided them with new ideas on how to take their Recycling Ambassador role further”.
The school was invited to the formal launch of the state-of-the-art building in recognition of their fantastic efforts in the school and local community on recycling including establishing a dedicated team of School Waste Recycling Advisors.
For more information on the young School Waste Recycling Advisors programme, please contact Steve Ruse, Sustainable School Consultant at email@example.com or 07891 275297.
Evie is 11 years old and lives in Leeds with her mum, dad and older brother. She is a huge Little Mix fan, loves hanging out with her friends and painting her nails. She was also diagnosed with Crohn’s disease about two years ago. Evie has been recognised by Child Friendly Leeds and Yorkshire Children of Courage in their award ceremonies for her bravery and fantastic work to help raise awareness and funds for UK charities for Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD).
On Thursday 19 May, Evie and her friends celebrated World IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disorder; Crohn’s and Colitis) Day and helped raise awareness of this condition that affects many young people by organising a balloon (fully biodegradable!) release in Leeds city centre.
Evie recently presented a cheque for £3000 to Dr Zamvar and Dr Puntis (Paediatric Gastro Consultants) which was used to buy three
mannequins and produce information posters. The mannequins and posters will help children suffering with IBD understand and see how their intestines should be working and why they’re not. If you’d like to find out more about her fund-raising efforts and would like to support her, please visit her ‘Just Giving’ site: www.justgiving.com/eviesway.
Evie was interviewed by the Complex Needs Service and this became the basis of some guidance for schools based on what Evie said. This document (PDF 3.56MB) will hopefully help local teachers and other education workers learn how they can offer the best possible support for other children and young people with medical needs whom they work with. It is very informative, practical and really worth reading! As Evie says: “If I can help one child with a complex health need attending school, I will be really proud I’ve helped support that person.”