ECO-SCHOOLS ~ SGOILTEAN-ECO

Portree Primary School children win Ruaraidh Hilleary Eco Competition

Skye primary school children have taken part in an eco-competition sponsored by Vattenfall, owner and operator of Edinbane Wind Farm.  The competition was initially created after Vattenfall were awarded the Scottish Green Energy Award for Best Project, prompting local landowner Ruaraidh Hilleary to suggest a new competition which could inspire young people on Skye.

Each school has worked on different projects over the year looking at ecological issues, and how to improve their eco footprint and encourage others to do the same.  This work included environmental reviews of classes, growing vegetables and recycling clothing.

Vattenfall’s Joanne Hutchinson, Senior Communications Advisor, on presenting the prizes said: “We really enjoyed judging the entries, the standard was extremely high.  The children and teachers have put in a lot of work over the year and demonstrated a great deal of knowledge around the environment and sustainability.”

John Finlayson, Head teacher, Portree Primary School said: “ All the schools on Skye are very committed to work associated with the Eco-Schools agenda and sustainability and outdoor learning generally. The Vattenfall, competition supports this work and also helps schools to evaluate and summarise all the work they do at the end of a session.

We are all grateful to Vattenfall, for their support and the pupils and staff at Portree Primary School are delighted that this year, our school has emerged as the winner of the competition.

Portree Primary School was awarded first prize, Dunvegan Primary School and Edinbane Primary School were runners up.