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Cemex Scoillyn Glassey Awards Scheme 2008 winners announced 12 May 2008

CEMEX, in association with the Department of Education, has announced the winners of the Scoillyn Glassey Award Scheme 2008.

With the prize fund of £5,000 up for grabs, nine winners in total have been awarded funding with eight primary schools winning £500 each. One winner in the secondary category has secured £1000. The prizes will be put towards planned projects which will address issues such as Biodiversity, Litter and Energy.

The winning schools/projects are:Braddan primary award


• Braddan Primary School: As well as composting organic waste, Braddan Primary School (pictured) hope to develop a garden in which they can grow fruit and vegetables.

• Victoria Rd School: Hope to grow plants that will attract a variety of butterflies to their school.

• Murray's Road: Wishes to plant four new beds to grow fruit and vegetables that will be used in cooking lessons for the children. Murray’s Rd also hopes to construct a composter and develop a bird feeding area.

• Ashley Hill: The students at Ashley Hill are developing a sensory garden and a vegetable patch. The newly developed area is to be used as an outdoor classroom when studying subjects like science.

• Marown: Are developing a vegetable garden and in turn teaching the children about healthy eating and where their food comes from.

• Foxdale: Are pioneering alternate energy forms. They were donated a wind turbine and solar panel but needed funding to erect them.

• Arbory: As well as developing a vegetable garden, Arbory School are also trying to buy the rainforest! They are helping to save the rainforest by buying an acre of land.

• Willaston: The children at Willaston have been recycling and planting shrubs, They also wish to set up composting facilities and intend to establish vegetable plots.


• IOM College: Students from the IOM College are planning to install two gardens in the college grounds. The Eco-gardens, planted to increase biodiversity and attract local wildlife, will be a practical educational resource for future students and will also raise environmental awareness throughout the college community.

The award scheme was launched to encourage students and schools to undertake the development of projects which would assist in learning about environmental sustainability. The key aim of the award scheme will be to promote and develop environmental awareness thus ensuring this becomes an intrinsic part of the daily life and ethos of all the participating schools.

The Scoillyn Glassey Award Scheme is one of a number of initiatives being carried out by CEMEX on the Isle of Man. One such example is the long term project at the Ayres, where the company is currently undertaking a restoration project over 85 acres of former quarry with the aim of creating a new wetland habitat adjacent to coastal heath offering shelter for migrating birds. The Government has already recognised the importance of this project by designating the site as an ‘Area of Special Protection for Birds’.

Commenting on the Award winners, Minister for Education, the Hon Mrs Anne Craine MHK, said today:

'I am grateful to CEMEX for putting forward this competition, which endorses the eco-awareness that is promoted throughout our schools. It is important to give children the opportunity to realise that, even in a small way, they can contribute to sustaining our environment.
'There have been some interesting and innovative suggestions from schools and I welcome the diverse range of thinking that they display, from buying a piece of rainforest to composting! We all have something to learn from these projects and, whether prize-winners or not, I congratulate schools on their entries and wish them success with their schemes.'

Mike Shaw, Director of CEMEX Island Aggregates Ltd, added:

'Judging this award scheme was very tough and we were greatly impressed by the overall high standard of the entries. All entries showed imagination and an understanding of this subject. As a company committed to environmental responsibility, it was heart-warming to see the variety of ideas that the children have come up with.
'Now that their plans are in place we will be looking forward to the next stage when these plans begin to come to fruition and the schools, local community and children themselves will start to see the benefits for their local environment as well as gaining practical, wider learning of such an important topic. Well done to the winners and a big thank you to all who participated.'

The Headteacher of Braddan Primary School, Mrs Louise Oates, has backed the initiative and has praised her students for their award winning project. She said:

'We’re really pleased to have won! The children are really looking forward to growing some vegetables and eating them! We’ve already started the ground work, such as getting rid of all the weeds and the children have been learning about composting and recycling.'

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