Girvan Academy celebrate after winning the 2017 Footprint Challenge

Girvan Academy were the winners of the 2017 Provost's Footprint Challenge
Girvan Academy were the winners of the 2017 Provost's Footprint Challenge

A team of dedicated young people from Girvan Academy have been unveiled as the winners of an environmental award designed to make their schools more environmentally friendly. The winners of the Provost’s Footprint Challenge were announced at a special ceremony at County Buildings in Ayr.

Launched in 2015, the Provost’s Footprint Challenge celebrates and rewards the work of South Ayrshire secondary schools, while focusing efforts on driving down ecological footprints, reducing carbon emissions, and saving money.

L-R Girvan Academy's Daisy Bradshaw (S6) and Rachel MacKinnon (S3) show off the trophy

L-R Girvan Academy's Daisy Bradshaw (S6) and Rachel MacKinnon (S3) show off the trophy

As winners of the Provost’s Footprint Challenge 2017, Girvan Academy, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the task at hand. The school built on last year’s entry and created a new greenhouse made of plastic bottles and recycled material. The school took part in Earth Hour, promoting a switch-off campaign to demonstrate how making little changes in power use can make a big difference to energy consumption. The team also championed the use of fairtrade tea and coffee at community events at Christmas. Belmont Academy took the Silver award, while Queen Margaret Academy won Bronze.

Rachel MacKinnon (S3) from the Girvan Academy winning team said taking part had been a great experience, “I’m really proud of the number of activities we have been involved in this year.” Lauren McEwan (S5) added, “Especially within the community. It’s been great to work on projects which involve so many people.”

South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie, said: “By taking the issue seriously now we’re sending out a clear message that climate change matters, and I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part.”