A primary school is celebrating its stunning success in a pair of environmental initiatives.
One group of children are off to animal park Wildwood after winning the KM Charity Team’s Green Class of the Year award, while another have been named Green Champions for their creation of a spectacular garden in the school’s grounds.
Pupils from Maidstone school Kingswood Primary’s Birch class were named Green Class of the Year after their success in the KM Charity Team’s green travel scheme Super Wow (Walk on Wednesday).
As a reward, they have been given vouchers granting them free admission to Wildwood near Herne Bay.
In addition, the KM Charity Team rewarded a group of six children at the school with limited edition Green Champions T-shirts after they turned a fenced-off area of the school grounds into a beautiful sensory garden.
They were joined at a presentation ceremony by Reggie the Owl of Super Wow supporter Three R’s Recruitment.
Working with teaching assistant Julia Hastings, they are using the garden to grow fruit and vegetables, and created a wildlife pond out of a washing-up bowl.
The garden also incorporates an area of woodland that features a chill-out zone for children, and it won first prize in a competition run by magazine Kent Life to find the best primary school garden.
And this week, Mrs Hastings has been using tomatoes grown in the garden to make chutney.
KM Charity Team chief executive Simon Dolby said: “The children at Kingswood fully deserve the recognition they have received for the way they have embraced these two initiatives.
“Their success is a vivid demonstration of the health, education and development benefits of schemes such as Super Wow and Green Champions.
“These are simple, low-cost initiatives that encourage child well-being, and get children to think about the environment and their communities in a fun and practical way.
“I would urge other schools to sign up today.”
Super Wow encourages families to walk to school, with classes competing each week to be awarded the Green Class of the Week Trophy. A monthly inter-school green travel challenge awards winning classes tickets to leisure attractions or visits by celebrity storytellers. To find out more, visit www.KmCharityTeam.co.uk/wow
Apart from Three R’s, Super Wow is supported by Whites Transport, Ashford International Hotel, Whitefriars shopping centre, Orbit, Volker Highways, Countrystyle Recycling, Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes), Specsavers, Eurostar, London Array, EduKit, and Kent, Medway, Bexley, Maidstone and Ashford councils.
Pupils and adults taking part in Super Wow and other environmental activities can earn the status of Green Champions, which opens up the possibility of them being recognised at the KM Charity Team’s annual Green School Awards. Visit www.GreenSchoolAwards.co.uk