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The Bailiwick Schools EcoChallenge

In partnership with Guernsey Post, we run an annual competition for school children within the Bailiwick to think about how they can improve their school's environmental performance.

The EcoChallenge is open to all schools within the Bailiwick of Guernsey. 

Working in teams of two, three or four pupils, your challenge is to consider one major project or a few smaller ways you could improve your school's environmental sustainability. There are two team categories: 6-8 years and 9-12 years. 

The 2022 Eco challenge will reopen later this year. Please keep an eye on this page for more information.

2021 Winners

Students from La Mare de Carteret, Castel and St Mary & St Michael Primary Schools were confirmed as winners.

There were nearly 70 entries from across the Island.  

Ellena Loveridge, age 6 of St Mary & St Michael Primary School came out top in the age 6 to 8 category with her idea of recycling the schools old wooden play equipment using a wood shredder to create natural wood chip ground covering to help the environment.  

The judges met with the shortlisted entries for the age 9 to 12 category but couldn't choose between the final two and announced them both winners. Marla Naftel's entry for La Mare de Carteret Primary school was a clever plan to replace the school's bottled water fountains and by designing a special water filter system to utilise rainwater for drinking.  

Castel Primary School's entry from brother and sister duo, Isabella and Tomos Powis included a detailed presentation and video to create a fully sustainable fruit and veg patch the whole school could get involved in. This included everything from composting fruit peelings from lunch boxes to collecting rainwater for the plants, to selling the organic produce at local farmers markets and investing the profits back into the garden.  

2019 Winners

Amherst and Vauvert Primary Schools were confirmed as winners 

Amherst’s ‘Team Super Solar’, consisting of Mateo Saunal and Rory Le Poidevin, won the age 9 to 12 category with two separate concepts. The first involved the use of steam to produce electricity and conserve coal to power the Amherst school bus and the other incorporated solar panels to heat the swimming pool in winter.

‘The Find and Collect Gang’, from Vauvert, came out top in the age 6 to 8 category. Their crisp packet recycling idea included calculations on how many crisp packets could be diverted from Mont Cuet by being recycled and even used a promotional campaign to get the rest of the school on board with the idea. The team members were Willow Chapman, Lily Griffiths-Ali and Hollie Vennard.