Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Pupils' solar power idea wins prize

PUPILS who worked out how much money their school could save by using solar power have won the Henley Primary Schools Environmental Science Competition 2015.

PUPILS who worked out how much money their school could save by using solar power have won the Henley Primary Schools Environmental Science Competition 2015.

The children at Trinity primary were one of the two finalists in the biennial competition along with pupils at Badgemore primary.

Both schools had to give presentations on their competition projects before the awards ceremony held at the River and Rowing Museum. The schools will share prizes worth £1,200.

Trinity?s project was called Let the Sunshine Work for Trinity and looked at the benefits of using solar power.

Badgemore?s project involved testing the soil in the school grounds to find its acid/alkali level and then growing suitable flowers. Both projects involved children from across the year groups working as teams. John Thornley, who started the competition a decade ago but is now standing down from his role as judge and organiser, said: ?I thought both entries were excellent.?

Town and district councillor Stefan Gawrysiak, a semi-retired physics teacher, was the guest speaker at the ceremony, which was attended by about 60 people.

He spoke about science as a topic and why students should ask questions and gave a number of demonstrations on electricity, magnets and gravity.

The event was attended by Mayor Lorraine Hillier.

Mr Thornley received a special award from Andrew Hawkins, another judge and chairman of the Henley Allotments Association. He will be succeeded by Dick Fletcher, from Mill End, who is a member of Henley in Transition.

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