St David's Primary wins £200 for top question in online debate – and is inspired to enter national environment competition

date19 November 2013

Primary 7 pupils from St David's Primary School in Dalkeith have won £200 from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for their winning question during an online schools discussion about the environmental issues that are important to them.

The online debate, held on 6 November, involved schools from across the country was held on GLOW (the online community for Scottish schools) as part of Scotland's Environment Web Youth Discussion project.

The panel, made up of Debbie Bassett (Head of the Biodiversity Team, Scottish Natural Heritage); Martin Marsden (Head of Environmental Quality, Scottish Environment Protection Agency); and Nick Wright (People and Wildlife Manager, Scottish Wildlife Trust), answered questions on a range of topics from pupils across Scotland during the hour long discussion.

The winning question, which came from Miss Fallon's Primary 7 class, was "How do squirrels communicate"? Those with an enquiring mind can find the answer on the GLOW meet round-up page.

St David's Primary School is now planning to enter the Scotland's Environment Web Youth Discussion competition too by answering the following question "What needs to change in your local community that will make a difference to your environment and what role can you play in making it happen?"

Miss Fallon, P7 class teacher, said:

The class got really involved with the GLOW discussion and this helped them develop their ideas to enter the Scotland's Environment Youth Discussion competition. It's clear to see that they get the link between their local ,environment, how they want to improve it and the way their actions will impact on Scotland's environment as a whole."

The competition is open to all young people between the ages of 5-18 throughout Scotland, whether through a school, as part of a group or as an individual. More details on how to get involved are available online.

There are a range of great prizes and a high profile closing event is planned for next year where prizes will be presented to the competition winners and runners up.

Scotland's Environment Web Youth Discussion project has been organised by SEPA in conjunction with Young Scot and Eco-Schools Scotland, and is supported by Scotland's 2020 Climate group.

As well as this great competition, entries may also be eligible for the Young Reporters for the Environment competition. Young Reporters for the Environment encourages young people aged from 11– 21 to investigate environmental issues, propose solutions and then publish a report, which may be traditional print journalism, photographic or video journalism. More information and details on the competition can be found on Keep Scotland Beautiful's website.