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It has been a bit quiet here at the YPTE blog for a few weeks. Well, here’s why: At the start of May, most of YPTE’s staff team were involved with an Environmental Discovery Course for 54 Year 5 children from St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School, Guildford. I think it’s the 23rd consecutive year that the school has been coming away with us and believe it or not, I instructed on the very first one and most of the others since! The weather could have been kinder to us, but the children had a great time (as did the adults!) and learned a great deal about the natural world and about the importance of heritage and history in the environment too.

 You can see some photos of some of the action on YPTE’s Facebook page.

And since we got back from there, we have been judging the entries for the Total Green School Awards.  That has been pretty challenging too, as some 53,000 children took part in the 2012 Awards.  We have been looking at all kinds of excellent work schools across England, Scotland and Wales are doing, which though hugely diverse is all united by the theme of the environment.  It is wonderful to see how enthusiastic young people are about taking care of our planet.

I’m on the train on the way up to London as I write this.  Tomorrow, the final judging will take place in London.  By the end of tomorrow, we’ll know who the UK Champions are.  But we won’t be telling anyone about it until the Awards Ceremony on 20 June!  Seriously exciting times ahead…..

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