Olympic focus as children learn how to go ‘green’

National Primary School's winning team in an Olympic themed event to mark National Recycling Week are from left, Amy Allwood, Chloe Abbott, Shannon Beamson, Jake Braisby, Alex Ashby and Lewis Baker.
National Primary School's winning team in an Olympic themed event to mark National Recycling Week are from left, Amy Allwood, Chloe Abbott, Shannon Beamson, Jake Braisby, Alex Ashby and Lewis Baker.
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PUPILS from Hucknall National Primary School got to grips with being ‘green’ during a special event to mark National Recycle Week.

The school on Montague Road was visited by Notts County Council’s Schools Waste Action Club (SWAC) as part of the initiative.

SWAC was set up to teach children in schools about the benefits of going green by showing them ways to reduce, re-use and recycle their waste.

The visit coincided with the Olympic Games build-up so was themed accordingly.

“Recycling is such an important message and what better way than to start with the recyclers of the future and relaying the information in such an innovative and fun way,” said Coun Richard Butler (Con), chairman of the county council’s environment and sustainability committee.

“To tie in with this summer’s Olympics, the emphasis was on skill, teamwork and completion of tasks, but of course the main focus was on recycling and how important it is to us all.”

During the special day, youngsters took part in activities including a rubbish relay where they had to decide on items that could be recycled.

National teacher, Gary Barwell, said: “The children had a brilliant afternoon and it really made them think about what could be recycled and how.”

“It motivated us all to recycle more and our school eco-team are looking at ways to increase our recycling record.”

n OUR PHOTO shows pupils (from left) Amy Allwood, Chloe Abbott, Shannon Beamson, Jake Braisby, Alex Ashby and Lewis Baker with their own version of the Olympic rings — DISPIC NHUD12-1593-1.