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Welsh schools dance to success in British Gas Generation Green final

  • Pupils from schools in Monmouth and Cardiff have been crowned champions in British Gas’ Generation Green competition, winning energy makeovers worth up to a combined £150,000
  • Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls and Radyr Primary School were declared winners today after a final involving a ‘dance off’ in front of Diversity stars, Jordan and Perri
  • The schools will be transformed with state-of-the-art energy-saving technology

Pupils from schools in Monmouth and Cardiff have today (Friday 10th July) been declared winners of British Gas’ Generation Green competition, winning energy makeovers worth up to a combined £150,000 for their schools.

Children from Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls and Radyr Primary School danced their way to success in the action-packed Welsh final, held outside St David’s shopping centre in Cardiff.

Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls have won an energy makeover worth up to £100,000 after facing Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School from Beddau in the secondary school heat. Radyr Primary School was awarded an energy makeover worth up to £50,000 after competing against Ysgol Esgob Morgan from St Asaph in the primary school category.

The runners-up have each received energy-saving technology worth up to £25,000 for their school.

The performances were judged by Diversity dance stars, Jordan and Perri. They awarded points for the children’s creative dance moves and the amount of energy they created when they danced on a special power-generating mat called Pavegen.

In addition to the makeovers, Jordan and Perri have invited both primary and secondary schools to Essex to take part in a dance masterclass later this year.

Energy makeover

The schools were invited to the final after pupils submitted designs for an energy-saving school of the future.

Their creative ideas were shortlisted from hundreds of entries from the Welsh competition region and included solar powered computers, bikes in classrooms to power the projectors, and wristbands that charge-up when you move, to power mobile phones.

The winning schools will be transformed with the latest energy-saving technology, such as solar panels, LED lighting and new energy efficient boilers. The makeovers could save each school up to £7,000 a year on their fuel bills.

Diversity stars Jordan and Perri said: “We were blown away by the amazing performances by the schools. The kids had fantastic routines and we were really impressed with how they combined the energy inspired moves into their dances in such a creative, energetic and fun ways.”

Linda Bale, teacher at Radyr Primary School, said: “We can’t believe we’ve won the competition, I’m still in shock!

“Our children have loved Generation Green and enjoyed learning about energy efficiency. We can’t wait for the energy makeover to take place at our school.”   

Rhyan Parry, teacher at Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls, commented: “We’re thrilled to have been named the winner of British Gas’ Generation Green Competition. The girls worked really hard on their designs for an eco-school of the future and the dance routine, and it’s great their efforts paid off in such a spectacular way.

“The makeover will transform our school, helping us to save energy every day and will inspire our pupils now and in the future about being green.”

Lynda Campbell, Regional Director for Wales at British Gas, said: “We’re delighted for the schools after their incredible performances.

“The pupils have captured the spirit of Generation Green with their creative dance routines and imaginative ideas for an eco-school, and are now budding energy innovators for the future.”

Generation Green

The competition is part of British Gas’ Generation Green schools programme, which inspires thousands of children and teachers to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community. 

British Gas has invested £2.6 million installing energy-saving equipment for schools through Generation Green during the last two years, helping to save an estimated 750 tonnes of CO2.

Notes to editors

Quotes from children from winning Radyr Primary School:

Catrin, aged 10, said: “It was amazing when we found out we had won. It was also very cool to meet Jordan and Perri and I loved helping to design the Eco School as part of the competition.” 

Isabelle aged 10, added: “Today was fantastic and I was so pleased that our design was a success - I have never done anything like that before. It's great that our school will get an energy makeover. I think it is really important to save energy as the future of our planet is so important.”

Quote from child from winning Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls:

Niamh Gray, 14, said: “This whole experience has been amazing. Winning was the absolute icing on the cake.

“The whole programme has been great, both the dancing and the energy efficiency project. I have learned so much about energy conservation. And of course it was totally fantastic to meet Jordan and Perri.”

 About Generation Green

  • There are four competition regions; Wales, Scotland, the North West of England and Yorkshire and Humber.
  • Generation Green is an education programme run by British Gas for school children, their teachers and their families. We provide learning resources, educational experiences and we invest millions of pounds in sustainable energy technologies for schools across Britain. We aim to inspire young people to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community. 
  • For more information visit: http://www.generationgreen.co.uk. 
  • Pavegen is an innovative flooring technology that converts kinetic energy from movement and footsteps into renewable electricity. 

For more information contact:

Simon Feldman
Simon.Feldman@britishgas.co.uk

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain – nearly half the country’s homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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