QUEEN ANNE High pupils have organised a competition to highlight climate change.

Lewis Mackintosh, head boy, came up with the idea during the COP26 conference in Glasgow last year.

He said: "I wanted to raise awareness of climate change among the next generation and provoke their interest in this critical issue that will affect all our futures.

"I thought a creative competition would encourage pupils to share their work highlighting issues around climate change."

All Queen Anne cluster primary schools were invited to enter and take up the challenge.

Lewis explained: "Pupils considered issues like plastic pollution, food waste, fast fashion, energy use, food miles, and eco systems and then made videos and models, designed posters, wrote poems, and letters to our MP.

"It was great to see so many of our young people care about the future of our world and want to raise awareness of the issues."

Despite studying for his looming prelims, Lewis arranged for the winners from each school to meet up last week to share, and show off, their work.

"The standard of work we received was very high," said Lewis,"we want to say a big thank you to staff and pupils who got involved.

"COVID and Christmas have delayed us coming together but this week the winning pupils from Queen Anne cluster schools gathered.

"The winning entries received a certificate and small prizes to recognise the hard work and thought they had put in to such an important issue."

Eva Anderson, from Bellyeoman Primary, was the overall winner for her climate changed-inspired poster. As well as a certificate, she won top prize of an Amazon gift voucher.

The runners-up and winning entries from each school were: Layla Cousins and Lucia Chicarella, from Tulliallan Primary for their online video, Rory Morrison and Ryan Neal from Culross Primary for their poem, and Lila Gannon, Ellie Brown, and Jenny Candlish from Townhill Primary for their model.