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Two primary schools win top prizes in energy saver competition

TWO schools have come out on top in a competition to find the best energy savers.

St Mary’s PS, Newcastle secured first place after saving an impressive 2,973kg of CO2 by carrying out various energy saving tasks such as switching lights off when leaving a room and turning the tap off while brushing their teeth.

Second spot went to Killean PS in Co Armagh, which reduced emissions by 738kg through its pupils completing similar daily tasks.

Energy Saving Trust, an independent organisation working to tackle the climate emergency, challenged pupils and their families to make simple changes to help save energy at home, from reducing water to turning TVs and games consoles off standby.

Darragh Brownlee from St Mary’s said it was "a great way to get pupils thinking about saving energy in the home and building a greater understanding of how they and their families can help in tackling climate change at a local level".

Philomena Cunningham from Killean PS said the week "allowed us to break the issue of climate change down for our young pupils in an easy, digestible way and show them that they have the power to make small changes, which can have a big collective impact".

Angela Gracey-Roger from the Energy Saving Trust said: "The children of Killean Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School have shown that they can reduce their emissions through small and often simple actions that have a positive impact on the environment and also help to reduce energy bills."

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