The Awards Ceremony for the fourth run of the School Environmental Science Competition, held bi-annually, took place on Wednesday afternoon at the River & Rowing Museum. Attended by some 95 people, and most ably chaired by Malcolm Dodds (Chair of Henley in Transition), the occasion got off to a cracking start with an entertaining short talk on “We toolmakers are also part of the environment” by Ian Giuliani, who is an eminent local architect who works internationally, and has a strong interest in eco-issues. To the children’s delight he involved them with many questions.
This excellent opener was then followed by great presentations from the four competing Henley area primary schools: Sacred Heart (Eco-buddies: a survey of environmental attitudes, Lydia Harris), Sonning Common (Forest camp, Chris Hirst), St Mary’s (Love your river, Elly Kennedy) and Trinity (Water warriors, Anne Griffiths). These were conducted almost entirely and with great aplomb by the children. All were notable for the energy, commitment and enthusiasm with which the children had attacked their very varied projects.
Certificates and cash prizes were presented by the principal sponsor, David Hodgkinson (MD of Quintessa) and the Mayor of Henley, Stefan Gawrysiak. Then the prestigious trophy (pictured right) was presented by the guest speaker, Ian Giuliani. First prize and the coveted trophy were awarded jointly to St Mary’s and Trinity. Sacred Heart and Sonning Common were very worthy joint runners-up.
Andrew Hawkins gave valuable feedback from the evaluating panel of judges. Finally Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak (an ex-science teacher) concluded, with great warmth and humour, which added to a very memorable occasion.
The ambiance at the River & Rowing Museum was excellent, created by the interest and enthusiasm of the participating schoolchildren, with support of teachers, parents, grandparents and others.
The competition was organised by the Henley Wildlife Group and sponsored by Quintessa, Henley Educational Trust, Henley Town Council and RPS Energy as well as being supported by Henley in Transition and Henley Partnership.
The next competition will take place in 2015. For more information email John Thornley @ firstname.lastname@example.org