Pupils’ history projects win cash prizes for local schools

Published: Thursday 25th June 15

Pupils at three local primaries have won cash prizes for their schools after being named the winners of the inaugural Wandsworth Heritage Awards for Schools competition.

  

The winners were announced by the mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Nicola Nardelli at a special town hall awards ceremony.

In the under 8s category, Earlsfield Primary School students looked at the origins and history of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Winner in the 8-10 age group was L’école de Battersea, whose students carried out detective work following the story of some tiles repaired by William De Morgan.

The 11-16 age range was won by St Boniface RC School, who looked deeper into the stories of past pupils killed in the Great War.

Anna Daley was commended for her poem, the Day Earlsfield Got Bombed.

The Mayor, Councillor Nicola Nardelli, presented individual medals and certificates to winning and commended pupils, along with plaques and a prize of £1000, donated by Greenwich Leisure Limited, to each of the winning schools.

She said: “We are very proud of our heritage here in Wandsworth.  And I am pleased that these awards will encourage successive generations of children in our schools to get to know the history of their local area and the borough, and to develop a true sense of place and belonging.”

The idea for the competition originally came from a community meeting at Ravenstone School in Balham and was supported by keen historian Cllr Richard Field. It aimed to encourage an interest in local history, help young people develop a sense of place and promote teamwork in their research.

Cllr Field said: “We were heartened by the real interest from the schools who participated and look forward to next year’s competition”.

The competition was sponsored by Greenwich Leisure Limited the not-for-profit social enterprise that manages Wandsworth’s 11 libraries.

Find out more about the borough’s rich and diverse history at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/heritage.

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