By Marie Nee

On 6th June, a team of six children from St Austin's Catholic Primary School won the 2018 Perkins Eco Award.

The challenge this year was to design and build a stained glass window from recycled materials. St Austin’s students chose the theme of ‘global pollution’ and used old reading folders and snack wrappers collected at lunchtime to produce their winning window.

Six students from the school council then produced and delivered a presentation on their ideas to a panel at the Perkins site on Tixall Road during a fun-packed day of activities.

They joined 10 other local primary schools on a factory tour, making willow craft, watching a ‘crazy science’ show and making slime.

The children received a cheque for £1,000 and a £250 voucher for their school.

“The children were absolutely delighted to win. We are very proud of the way they have worked together to realise their ideas and present them outside of school in such a fantastic way. They were great ambassadors for St Austin's school and deserve to be applauded for their maturity and creativity, as well as for their excellent behaviour on the day,” said Mrs Michele Hoyle, Head of School.

This is the second year that children from St Austin’s have won the Perkins’ Eco Award.

St Austin’s Catholic Primary School is part of the Holy Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Company.

In the photo (left to right): Drew Freeman-Smith, Finn East, Poppy Miller, Ava Ingram, Imogen Glover, Ziona Morgan