The Ana Leaf Foundation has donated just under £3,000 to the Guernsey schools who either won or were runners up in this year’s De Putron Challenge.
All the finalists across the three age groups received cash for their school to be spent on educational causes that promote learning and development.
The De Putron Challenge showcases the Channel Islands’ brightest young minds. The finalists in Year 6 were Elizabeth College Junior School, Castel Primary School, La Mare de Carteret Primary School and Melrose; in Year 8 the finalists were The Guernsey Grammar School and Elizabeth College and in the Post-16 event they were Elizabeth College and The Ladies’ College.
Alison Elliott, Deputy Head Teacher at La Mare de Carteret Primary School, said: “We have decided to use the money to help subsidise a trip as part of our outdoor PE for this term. Our team’s De Putron Challenge success came at just the right time as the Year 6 staff were wondering how to fund the visit. The team were really proud to be able to contribute their winnings.”
Castel Primary School will be putting its winnings towards some outdoor learning activities and Melrose has ordered some non-fiction reference books, the Guinness Book of Records and some bright encyclopaedias. Elizabeth College Junior School is spending its money on wet play games and equipment.
Amanda Simmons, a trustee of the Ana Leaf Foundation, said: “The aim of the De Putron Challenge is to encourage academic prowess and to highlight that it’s cool to be clever. Not only do the students who represent their schools take a lot away from the experience, but we hope the rest of their peers, who came along on the day, also learn a lot too.”
“We are delighted to have been able to support Channel Islands schools with various projects, trips, much-needed equipment and additional reading material. It’s great to see what some of this year’s prize money has gone towards to help the students with their learning.”
The De Putron Challenge will return this autumn.