The competition came out of work done by the Diocese of Norwich Distinctiveness Group, particularly the recent Our School: Our World booklet, to develop stewardship of God’s world in schools and encourage engagement from pupils.
As part of the target to reach Net Zero by 2030, the Church of England are “seeking to inspire and to encourage Church of England schools to sign up to a vision of sustainable schools that create better outcomes for all children and young people, to conserve the environment and to enable the planet to flourish for future generations.” It is hoped that fostering creativity in sustainability, like this video competition, will help achieve that goal.
Jon Moule, School Distinctiveness & Standards Manager for the Diocese of Norwich, said: “We are always striving to create opportunities for pupils’ voices to be heard concerning global issues. The competition brought together ecological concerns and stewardship as schools were given the opportunity to create a video which showcased the importance of caring for God’s world.”
The winning video goes through the creation story, pausing at each stage to look at ways we can all look after what was created including solar panels and bird feeders.
On Monday 8 November, Bishop Graham presented the infant school stars with a certificate and £50 in garden vouchers as recognition for their efforts. He then helped them to plant a flowering cherry tree on the grounds of St Michael’s Primary School, Bowthorpe, the other school in the All Angels Federation, for the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.