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Year 5 changemakers at St Kentigern's Primary School
(14/04/22)
Posted by : By Liz, Transform Our World, Youth Engagement Officer

This has certainly been a busy term at St Kentigern’s Primary School in Fallowfield, Manchester as Year 5 students have been immersing themselves in social and environmental action as part of the Dirt is Good Schools Programme.

 

Two classes of students took part and divided up into eight groups, choosing thoughtful, exciting and impactful projects. 

 

The Red Light Patrol group decided to tackle the issues of speeding and unhelpful parking near school.

 

"Now we are the older students in school we are allowed to walk home by ourselves, but parking makes it hard to find somewhere safe to cross" said Bobby.

 

"I liked that we chose a problem that affects us to fix. We made an assembly all about how to cross the road and drive safely to help other children."

 

The group also designed a series of posters to highlight the problem, which has caught the attention of the site manager, who is now helping them purchase safety signs to go up outside school. A real success! 

Amaya, Ava, Layla, Peter and Jason formed the Act Against Animal Cruelty group, they have adorned the school in their brightly designed informative posters as well as going into every classroom to give an impressive impassioned assembly about the horrors of animal cruelty and the ways we can fight against it. 

 

The Green is Good Group wanted to start a plant exchange to highlight the importance of plants and encourage an interest in growing your own.

 

Due to the time of the year, they decided to get the ball rolling by planting seeds for everyone in Key Stage 2 as well as asking for donations of other plants to swap.

 

"My experience with Global Action Plan was incredible. The Green is Good Group did a plant sale to raise money for deforestation. We made over £45 and then researched our own charities. I loved that we got to decide what we wanted at each step" said Oliver. 

 

Alongside these projects, there is a huge bug hotel to be created in the Summer term, a clean water awareness day planned and a buddy corner set up daily at playtime.

 

Finally, the Litter Picking Team is ready for action to help clean up any areas of the school grounds. Valencia said ‘Our group is desperate to make sure this planet is clean and I’m sure other people are too’.  

 

The students have worked fantastically hard and have shared their work throughout the school, St Kentigern’s Primary is truly bursting with caring young people who want to make a difference to the planet and the people who live on it.  

 

St Kentigern's Primary is supported by Transform Our World Youth Engagement Officer Liz, funded by #iWillFund 

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