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Port Talbot Schools Get Eco Makeover

17 June 2011

Four Port Talbot schools are to get a playground makeover after winning an eco competition with Costain.

The company, who are building the new Harbour Way link road in the town, asked pupils to devise a plan on how best to enhance the environment of their schools with a view to make one school’s dream a reality.

Groups from St Joseph’s Primary, Tywyn Primary, Eastern Primary and Central Junior School had to present their pitch to a panel from Costain and explain why their project should be supported by the Harbour Way contractors. 

But due to the high standard of all entries, Costain have decided to help all four schools

Ieuan Davies, Community Relations Manager:  “The schools really did put everything into their pitches.  What we expected to be a board room based competition like “Dragon’s Den”, turned into Port Talbot’s Got Talent!  We saw singing, dancing, acrobatics and even had a musical performance.”

“Every school had a clear and well researched plan of what they wanted, it was hard to say “No” to any of them, so we chose to help them all.”

Michael Daley, Headteacher of St Joseph’s Primary:  “It was a terrific opportunity for members of our school council to have the opportunity to make a presentation to professionals in a business/industrial setting. They worked hard to make a film, which included contacting a film maker, story boarding, acting, editing and presenting to an audience. They thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and now look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour by working closely with Costain to improve our school environment”

 Cath Frudd, Healthy Schools Co-ordinator of Central Junior School:  “We are so excited about the prospect of being able to improve our school environment. We would like to thank Costain for their generosity and look forward to working with them to making our school a better place.” 

Rhodri Phillips, Headteacher of Tywyn Primary:  “The staff and pupils of the eco committee have put in a tremendous amount of work on the bid and presentation. It has raised the confidence of the pupils and made the whole school far more aware of the importance of the environment and the part we play in protecting and enhancing our surroundings. The children can’t wait to get started on the garden!”

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