Students win top awards at Roots & Shoots

Monday, 14 March 2016

Animal Management BTEC Level 3 students at Seevic College, Benfleet, won four awards at the annual Roots & Shoots awards – including best photographic entry.

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The group comprises of five students: Chris Hare (18), Scott Cheatle (17), Georgia Beck (17), Jade Faber (17) & Ophellia Chaplin-Shannon (17), who formed because they wanted to help make the world a better place.

The Roots & Shoots scheme encourages young people to implement practical and positive changes for people, animals and the environment. It was founded by Dr Jane Goodall, a renowned primatologist, environmentalist and humanitarian who wanted young people to learn about issues facing the local and international communities. The programme helps young people to design, lead and implement their own projects as a means of solving them.

The group won bronze awards for their three chosen projects, taking place over the next few months: collecting dog leads, coats and blankets for DogsTrust; an awareness campaign throughout the College about endangered animals and puppy farming; and collecting clothes and non-perishable food for the Refugees in the Calais ‘Jungle’, which will be taken over by Tutor Yousef Nabi.

Chris Hare, from Hockley, scooped the award for best photographic entry with his photo of ‘Mare in the Mist’. The photo was taken by chance one day in Hockley woods and shows a horse that escaped from a local paddock ‘as one’ with the mist. Chris said: “I didn’t believe it when I heard I had won, it’s great to have my work recognised – I’m very proud”.

Jacqueline Dullaghan, Biology Tutor at the College, has been involved with Roots & Shoots for 10 years and was keen to start a group at the College.

Jacqueline says: “Doing work experience and volunteering is so important in this difficult job market and students need to stand out from the crowd. Roots & shoots offer students the opportunity to get this valuable work experience and to make a difference to causes and projects that they are passionate about”.

As well as receiving their certificates and trophies, the students also received the Roots & Shoots mascot, a monkey named Mr H Junior and a 12-month subscription to the National Geographic Kids magazine.

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