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WATCH: Avoch Primary among SCDI Future Voice Competition winners with visions for a greener 2030


By Federica Stefani

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The Primary 5's of Avoch primary receive award as winners of Future Voice from Melanie Riddell of SCDI(The Scottish Council for Development and Industry).Picture Gary Anthony.
The Primary 5's of Avoch primary receive award as winners of Future Voice from Melanie Riddell of SCDI(The Scottish Council for Development and Industry).Picture Gary Anthony.

PUPILS of a Black Isle primary are the winners of a nationwide competition focusing on the vision for the future of Scotland.

P5 students from Avoch made their mark at the Future Voice competition organised by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and inspired by their 2030s’ Blueprint report.

The children created a video imagining the school of the future where petrol cars are banned and vegetables are grown on the rooftop.

Teacher Catherine Milne said: “The class were so excited and delighted that their film won. We had a class party to celebrate and now have to decide how to spend our prize money.

“We brainstormed a series of questions first. I asked them ‘What would you like Scotland to look like by 2030?’, ‘How can we make the world a fairer place?’ and ‘Who is responsible for these changes?’.

“From this discussion we made a storyboard for our film and the children helped to decide what would happen in each section of the film. I didn’t want the children to learn lines for their parts as I wanted them to think of what they said for themselves using words and ideas that they understood and would remember.”

Lily Chalton, one of the pupils, said: “We want Scotland to be happy, healthy and clean in 2030.” Classmate Fergus Macrae said: “Making the film was great fun as everyone in the class was involved and we had lots of laughs.”

Lewis Macleod said: “I would like everyone to have an electric car by 2030 to make less pollution.” Ruben Pringle said the win was an amazing achievement, and Mollie Jaffrey added that there will be “more robots to help out at school in 2030”.

The pupils won £100 and were presented with a certificate from BBC broadcaster Sally Magnusson at a virtual event.

More information about the project and the winning videos can be found on SCDI's website.


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