Village school wins £1,000 in regional competition
Nine-year-old Rae Cornwall and ten-year-old Eli Jenkinson have won £1,000 for their small North Devon village school in the South West final of the Drinking Water Inspectorate schools competition.
The 75-pupil Monkleigh Primary School won both the literary and artistic categories despite some stiff competition from other schools across Devon and Cornwall.
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The competition themes were based around the importance of fresh, clean water supplies and schools were invited to submit artistic works, essays or poems. The national winner will take part in a international children's conference on water in Stockholm.
The best entries will be included in a book to be published in aid of charity Water Aid which provides sources of clean and safe water for people in developing countries.
Rae and Eli also won £50 each and were presented with their prize at a special ceremony at the school on Tuesday (April 8) presented by Water Aid's tap character.
Monkleigh headteacher, David Ellis, said: "We are delighted to have won this prize and very proud of the children and their teacher, Julie Harper, who entered the school for the competition. We haven't decided how we will spend the money yet but we will involve the pupils in our decision."
Runners-up in the South West competition were Rebecca Harris (10) from Egloskerry School near Launceston in the artistic category and Jack Gilbert, nine, of the The Clinton School, Merton near Okehampton in the literary category who each receive £25.
A Highly Commended prize went to Gavin Down, 10, of Morchard Bishop C of E Primary School near Crediton.
SW Inspector Dr Kevin White of the Drinking Water Inspectorate, said: " The standard of entries was very high and we were delighted at the way children of Monkleigh Primary School tackled the project with such enthusiasm."
Bob Baty, South West Water's Chief Executive said: "South West Water promote and support education in the region. The DWI competition offered a challenging educational experience and reward for their achievements while promoting the excellent quality of UK drinking water".
Published: 7 April 2003
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) regulates public water supplies in England and Wales. DWI is responsible for assessing the quality of drinking water in England and Wales, taking enforcement action if standards are not being met, and appropriate action when water is unfit for human consumption.
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