Wyre Forest schoolchildren work to save the planet

By Dayna Farrington | Wyre Forest | News | Published:

More than 1,000 Wyre Forest schoolchildren are hoping to earn the royal seal of approval from Prince Charles by working to create a balanced and sustainable world.

Stourport Primary Academy pupil Megan Davies working on brick wall art with StBartholomew's CE Primary School pupil Lacey Norton, both aged nine

A range of year groups from six primary schools in Wyre Forest met up to take part in a series of pioneering workshops based around the Prince of Wales' philosophy of how reconnecting with nature could lead to a better future.

Reception to year six classes from the Severn Academies Educational Trust (SAET) family of schools investigated ideas and solutions to the crisis created by the modern wold that threatens the planet.

The workshops were videoed and a film of the first day will be sent to Prince Charles. Workshop activities ranged from cooking soup, to brick wall art, from building with spaghetti and marshmallows, to music, drama, origami, printing with fruit, seed planting and yoga.

Stourport Primary Academy headteacher Jacqui Elwis said the activities were based on Nature’s Principles of Harmony - Life Cycles, Interdependency, the Geometry of Nature, Diversity, Adaptation, Health and Oneness, as described in Prince Charles’ 2010 book Harmony.

The workshops were devised by teachers from the primary schools, which also included St Bartholomew’s CE, Wilden All Saints CE, Hartlebury CE, Wolverley Sebright and Far Forest Lea Memorial CE.

Mrs Elwis said: "The idea of a day for primary pupils to come together and work in their year groups came from the trust’s children’s council and, despite the logistical nightmare of busing so many youngsters to different school sites and Stourport Civic Hall, the venue for year five, it worked smoothly and was a great success.

“The content of the day was so inspiring, and the children and staff came away absolutely buzzing with bucket loads of ideas to develop in their own schools. There is no priority more crucial than sustaining our world so these children and future generations can enjoy a more considered, secure, comfortable and cleaner world.

“Coming together also helps build new relationships between our pupils and our staff who may, like the principles of harmony explain, come from different schools but through being part of the trust can work together in unity and diversity.”

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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