Wylfa Hosts Green Dragon Challenge Awards
Magnox Ltd’s Wylfa recently hosted the first ever Green Dragon Challenge Awards at Bangor University. The event was designed to recognise the inspiring work created by Year 10 pupils from Anglesey Secondary Schools who took part in a pilot project to support teaching the Global Citizenship/Sustainable Development module of the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification.
Anglesey secondary school teachers, Careers Wales, Cynnal Education Service, Bangor University’s specialist sustainable development business service and Magnox worked together to create the Green Dragon Challenge workbook whereby competing school teams create a sustainable holiday village within the school’s catchment, and then nominate a winning team to go forward to pitch their ideas to a Green Dragon panel of judges. This year’s prestigious Green Dragons included: Rhun ap Iorweth BBC Wales presenter, Professor Tom DeLuca Bangor University Environmental Sciences, Katie Isaacson Head of Events Trinity Mirror Group and Dr John Idris Jones Magnox Wylfa Site.
Katie Isaacson, Head of Events Trinity Mirror Group commented: “I was delighted to be able to take part in the Green Dragon Challenge on behalf of Trinity Mirror, publishers of the Daily Post. It was inspiring to see the leaders of tomorrow able to think about and develop green and sustainable plans for their projects and present their ideas to us in a professional manner. Well done to all the schools who took part and the three finalist teams.”
Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones Amlwch won 1st prize of £500 for the most sustainable holiday village and also won £300 for the best marketing campaign.
Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni won £300 in the Community Impact Award and Ysgol David Hughes Menai Bridge won £300 in the Environmental Impact Award.
The winning schools will use the prize money to support their journey on the UK’s Eco-Schools programme or a sustainable project to benefit the school.
Feedback from the teacher’s has been very positive with all school’s making a commitment to run the challenge again in the new academic year.
Nia Wyn Jones, Ysgol David Hughes said: “The whole experience has been brilliant for the pupils as a year group, giving all of them a chance to think about how we're affecting the environment. It's been a big help towards achieving our eco-schools awards as well so I'm very pleased with that and the money we won today will be spent on something that will hopefully help us to win the green award!”