Teacher recognised in recent WWF awards
Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School’s inspirational INCO, Christina Anderson, has been recognised by wildlife charity WWF in their recent teaching awards.
Christina was runner-up of the Green Ambassador Teacher of the Year 2016, after the charity noticed her passion for the environment and, in particular, about inspiring the children to foster a love of nature, empowering them with the skills to make a real difference for our wildlife, their habitats and our shared world.
Along with two colleagues and six Year 2 children, Christina was invited to attend the two-day WWF conference in Shropshire. They experienced a number of exhilarating team-building challenges, including high ropes, a zip wire, giant inflatables and a woodland night walk. The conference culminated in the awards ceremony, where Christina’s achievements were formally recognised.
A statement on the WWF website says: “At the heart of Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School is a dedicated teacher whose passion for the environment is clearly demonstrated in everything she sets out to achieve. Christina looks at ways to embed environmental issues into the curriculum through a creative approach and always has pupil learning at the heart of what she does.
“Her drive has forged connections with the community, councillors, other organisations such as the RSPB and she’s always looking for ways to demonstrate and showcase the amazing work within school – for example the Stevenage in Bloom competition and Best in School Garden Award 2015.”
Headteacher Mrs Dhorajiwala added: “Christina's contribution each day makes a huge difference to the pupils and families of the school community”.
Christina led the school to hold Green Flag status for the last four years, Woolenwick being the first infant school in Hertfordshire to receive this accolade. The whole staff team is committed to eco values, and the ethos is embedded in the school’s practices.
The school has built up strong links with RSPB and the local community. Christina has featured on Teachers TV, national TV and on the RSPB website. She leads eco clusters in the community, and the eco council within Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School.
The latest achievement of the eco council was the building of a treehouse, to commemorate the school’s 40th birthday. Christina led the project, notably sourcing a local company committed to sustainability.
The treehouse was the idea of a Year 2 pupil, who shared her dream for a birthday treehouse with the mayor back in September 2015. The idea was taken to the school council and soon the whole school was buzzing in anticipation.
The children designed and built their own dream treehouse models, and shared them in an exhibition with the wider school and local builders. The builders used common elements from the children’s ideas in the final design.
The children hosted consultations with the school’s neighbours and kept a close eye on the whole project, from design to completion.
Christina led the community fundraising, amassing a total of £15,000, which was matched by the school governors to realise the children’s dream.
For more information about how to get your school involved with the WWF, please visit: www.wwf.org.uk/get-involved/schools
By Ryan Fisher, Journalist
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