Whithorn Primary School

Whithorn pupils with former weather gilr Heather Reid
Whithorn pupils with former weather gilr Heather Reid

Pupils from Whithorn Primary were highly commended at Scotland’s Junior Green Energy Awards last week when their Eco-Schools project was voted among the best in the country.

Congratulating the team, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing said: “The efforts of all the schools who took part in the Awards have been truly remarkable. The diverse range of projects from schools all over Scotland is a tribute to the pupils’ vast inventiveness and creativity - and a determination to work hard until they succeed. The Saltire Prize, worth £10 million, is an indication of the tremendous rewards that lie ahead for people who succeed in finding new ways to generate clean energy. It has been a pleasure to see all the ‘blueprints’ today - congratulations to the winners.”

The pupils travelled to Glasgow’s Science Centre for the Awards, which were sponsored by Skills Development Scotland and backed by the Scottish Government.

The Awards were designed to promote interest and awareness in renewable energy and were part of the SCDI’s (Scottish Council for Development and Industry) annual Celebration of Engineering and Science.

Junior Green Energy Award finalists’ efforts were judged by a panel of energy industry and education experts including for mer weather girl Dr Heather Reid.

The Eco-Schools competition was open to any school which had received a green flag for their work in improving energy in the school and increasing energy awareness. Whithorn received £100 to be spent on science and technology resources for their school.