Pupils at Lochdonhead Primary School are celebrating again this week after winning the regional round of the Better Energy School Awards.
The awards recognise excellence in environmental education, and Lochdonhead pupils were delighted to discover that they won the ‘totally creative’ category for their Lochdon Swan and Nature Trail.
This is the fifth award that pupils and staff at the Mull primary school have won in the last four months.
The children have been developing the nature trail for some time and officially launched it on Monday (26th June).
As a result of their success, the school received £500 from Better Energy Schools. They also received £1,000 from Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) as part of their 10 10 10 Initiative, as well as numerous donations from members of the public. This money will be used to develop the trail.
Head teacher at Lochdonhead, Susie Carmichael said: “I am delighted that the children's ideas, hard work and enthusiasm has been recognised in this way.
“We decided to create a nature trail from our school to enhance opportunities for our environmental learning and scientific enquiry, additionally widening our learning community.
“Our goal is to invite other school pupils to visit our conservation garden and take them for guided walks along our trail. We hope the community and visitors will come and walk it too.
“We are so fortunate that we have such strong community links with parents, the local residents and local businesses, and I would like to especially thank them for their support in this project, without whom it would not have been possible.
“The nature trail has so much to offer locals and visitors alike and we look forward to developing it further over the years.”
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Yvonne Mcneilly said: “Well done Lochdonhead Primary School. Five awards in four months is an outstanding achievement and I’m sure there are many more to come.
“The nature trail is a wonderful idea. We want to ensure that children across Argyll and Bute have the best start in life and are ready to succeed. What better to kick start this than with outdoor learning right on your doorstep?
“The hard work and dedication to this project by pupils and staff must be recognised and I wish them every success in the future.”
Ann Marie Knowles, the Council’s Executive Director of Community Services, added: “What a wonderful, creative idea. The staff and pupils at Lochdonhead must be congratulated for the amount of hard work and dedication they have put into this project. The school is on a real winning streak and I am absolutely delighted. Congratulations to everyone involved.”