Wednesday 26 July 2017
Pupils from five primary schools throughout Northamptonshire have had their hard work recognised after being presented with the Changemaker Student Ruby Award from the University of Northampton.
Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infants School, Tennyson Road Nursery and Infants School, Higham Ferrers Junior School, Whitefriars Junior School and Southend Junior School are all part of the Ferrers Cluster School Council, which each year decides and works towards a topic – this year being healthy eating and wellbeing.
Each of the schools worked on individual projects under this theme, which included new play equipment for the playground, developing unused space for more play areas and creating games designed for wet play.
Staff from the University’s Changemaker Hub and student ambassadors visited the schools to lend support and help the children with their projects and then all involved were invited to the University to receive the Changemaker Student Ruby Award.
Janice Watkins, Project Lead for the Changemaker Hub at the University of Northampton, said: “The Changemaker Student Awards form part of the University’s commitment as a Changemaker Campus to work with, celebrate and actively engage local schoolchildren in social change.
“The award aims to recognise, celebrate and build children’s skills as Changemakers through innovative self-designed projects in their schools and the wider community. The programme consists of three progressive levels; Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, which lead to a Changemaker Student Award.
“This is a first for the University to have five schools adopt the Changemaker Student Awards as a means of achieving their communal healthy eating and wellbeing activities, which they totally embraced and delivered fantastic outcomes.”