Water butt's a winner!

January 04 2022

Water butt's  a winner!

A WINNING water butt will take pride of place in Cadbury Heath primary school’s playground.
Children from Otter class, the school’s nurture group, won a Bristol-wide competition to encourage sustainability.
The Bristol Water Foundation sent out 131 water butts to schools that requested them. More than 50 of those schools decorated their water butts and submitted photos to be assessed by the judges.
Otter class decided their theme was “around the world” and teacher Ria Chapman spray painted the base before the children added pictures of themselves holding hands. Then they got creative with feathers, googly eyes, lollipop sticks, pipe cleaners and beads.
As overall winners of the competition they have won £150 of book vouchers, which will be used to buy books around social and emotional skills and mental health to support the nurture group, as well as more general books for the school as a whole.
The school’s inclusion lead and special needs coordinator, Toni Slater, said the children were delighted with their success in the competition.
She said: “Our nurture group is quite small, with just four pupils, and it was great to get them all working together on a joint project. We used it as a chance to work on resilience and managing disappointment if they didn’t win, but they were over the moon that they won.
“The water butt will be positioned outside under one of our overhangs to help it survive the weather.”
A spokesperson for the Bristol Water Foundation said: “With over 50 entries, the judging was tough. We were very impressed with the amount of detail [on the Otter class water butt] and particularly enjoyed the ‘round the world’ theme.
“The children holding hands were especially cute. Plus, who doesn’t love a googly eye?”