School Children show their 'Wild' side at Films Award Ceremony

Monday 19th October 2015

St Peter's Church of England Primary School with Miranda Krestovnikoff Winning pupils from St Peter's Church of England Primary School with Miranda Krestovnikoff

Bristol primary school children showcased their own wildlife films at an award ceremony held at M Shed on Sunday 18th October.

• Young filmmakers showcase their wildlife films at Awards at M Shed
• Project enables 1,000 children from 30 schools to learn and have fun in natural environment
• Getting children outdoors is crucial to the future of our environment

The Wild Schools Film Challenge is an innovate project organised by Avon Wildlife Trust and supported by Rolls-Royce and in partnership with Bristol Natural History Consortium's Wild Encounters project. Over the last year 1000 pupils from 30 schools have engaged with the project.

Wildlife TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff hosted the award ceremony, which gave the budding young film makers the opportunity to present their films to their families, schools and industry experts.

The overall winner for the 2015 Wild Schools Film Challenge was the 'Nature is Everywhere' film made by pupils at St Peter's Church of England Primary School. The children who made this film were Imogen Noel, Charlotte Carroll, Sophie Dawson and Abigail Fitzpatrick. Their prize is a free residential stay for their whole class at the Folly Farm centre, set in a stunning 250-acre nature reserve close to both Bath and Bristol owned and managed by Avon Wildlife Trust.

Tim Eustace, a teacher at St Peter's Church of England Primary School said "A big thank you to Avon Wildlife Trust and their focus on bringing the classroom outside."

Imogen Noel, a winning pupil said "My favourite bit was finding out what the names for the species were, such as the Gasteruption jaculator (a parasitic wasp!)."

The Wild Schools Film Challenge is part of Avon Wildlife Trust's Wild Schools programme, which has delivered outdoor learning to more than 10,000 school children in the last year. The schools were given a free kit box, containing all the equipment and resources needed to create their own wildlife film.

Avon Wildlife Trust's Learning Development Manager, Kate Marsh said: "The Wild Schools Film Challenge gives primary school children the opportunity to get outdoors and interact with wildlife in a fun and creative way, as part of their school learning. We believe children need to connect with, love and care for nature – it’s good for them, and it’s good for nature, too."

The Wildlife Trusts are raising awareness of the gap between children and the natural world and what can be done about this through a new campaign called Every Child Wild. In a natural environment children can learn new skills, discover unique experiences whilst improving their concentration, observational and interpersonal skills. Getting children outdoors is also crucial for the future of our environment; if the younger generation don't have an appreciation of wildlife and nature or understand its value they may not realise the importance of protecting and conserving it.

To further inspire the attendees of the Awards all the schoolchildren, parents and teachers were invited to attend free of charge the Nature Camera Action! Exhibition at M Shed, revealing the secrets of making incredible wildlife films, where they could also see films from the winners of last years Wild Schools Films challenge too. The Awards and the exhibition highlight Bristol and the wider Avon region as a centre for wildlife filmmaking, right across the spectrum and show's that there is a committed and growing community of professional and budding young film makers with a passion for protecting and conversing nature.

For more information on the Wild Schools Film Challenge visit the project web page and the web page for awards 2015.

Watch the 5 winning films: You Tube playlist link