Nansen Primary wins ‘global’ competition

Monday 21st March 2016
Pupils meeting with the High Sheriff of the West Midlands

Pupils meeting with the High Sheriff of the West Midlands

CREATIVE pupils at Nansen Primary are celebrating after winning a competition aimed at promoting recycling.

Schools from across Birmingham and Staffordshire took part in the competition organised by retail giant Selfridges as part of its ‘Fashioning A Brighter Future’ campaign.

Pupils were asked to decorate paper desk globes with recyclable materials to raise awareness about the importance of recycling in a bid to save the environment. Globes designed by 10 schools were chosen to go on display in the window of Selfridge’s in the city’s Bullring shopping centre – where they will remain until the end of March.

The 10 globes were then entered into The High Sheriff Arts Awards, which recognise West Midland youngsters who have excelled in various creative projects. Nansen Primary’s design was chosen as the winner and the Year 5 and 6 pupils will now have their globe put on display at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery this Spring. And Nansen’s pupils received a visit at school from West Midlands High Sheriff Jonnie Turpie MBE.

Nansen Primary’s Head Teacher Cath Rindl said: “Creativity is so important at our school and to see all of our pupils’ work and effort recognised with an award and a visit from the High Sheriff was truly fantastic.”

Adam Hockney, general manager of Selfridges Birmingham, said: “The display of the desk globes has generated hundreds of comments from shoppers, which is amazing.

“It’s really special for us to be able to engage with the community, and in particular school children, as they are our future.

“We have been thrilled with the outcome and how hard they worked on the globes. There are so many different interpretations of the theme and they are well worth a look.”

Social Enterprise scheme Ahead Partnership worked with pupils and the schools involved to help them create the globes. Julian Buttery, Development Director at Ahead Partnership, said: “It is has been great working with Selfridges and the primary schools on this sustainability project.”