Top award for St Thomas pupils

Young Scot - Environment.
Young Scot - Environment.

Pupils from St Thomas Primary School in Arbroath came up with some great ideas for improving the local environment and scooped a national prize.

Pupils from primary 5/6 were awarded the top prize of £1,000 for Overall Best Group in Scotland’s Environment Web Youth Discussion competition.

They were also judged Group Winners in the eight to 10 years category.

The Youth Discussion initiative was launched in September 2013 by Scotland’s Environment Web with the aim of stimulating interest amongst young people on all aspects of Scotland’s environment.

The competition was organised by partners from the fields of youth engagement, the environment and education. To win the competition, the St Thomas youngsters turned explorers, researching rainforests across the world.

During their studies, they became more aware of the effects the modern world was having on the ‘lungs of the earth’.

As part of their topic, they wanted to start raising awareness in their community about the impact modern life was having on the environment.

Head teacher Jackie Wilson said: “The pupils were extremely proud to know that their hard work was recognised against competitors far older than they were.

“It made them so happy to know that they had won on behalf of Angus and Arbroath!”