A total of 360 children, in teams of 12 from 20 schools around Gwent participated in our annual competition. After hard fought area heats in Monmouthshire, Newport and Blaenau Gwent, three teams – Rougemont, Shirenewton, and St Mary’s Church in Wales, made it through to the Wildlife Wizards final at our Magor Marsh Education Centre.
Jill Mitchell co-headteacher of Shirenewton Primary said, “Our children and the parents who attended had a fantastic day at the finals - made all the better by the fact we won! We’re so proud. There were a couple of children on the team who don’t really shine during literacy and numeracy lessons and this win has given them such a massive self-esteem boost, so huge thanks to all at Gwent Wildlife Trust.”
The winning team Shirenewton received a trophy and won a Bioblitz of their schoolgrounds with us.
Our Senior Education Officer Kathy Barclay said, “We thank all the schools that took part, thank Eastmans for their continued support of our quiz, Newport City Council for the use of their venue during the competition and Chepstow School for hosting round two of the Monmouthshire leg for the sixth year in a row.
“Also a big thank you to all the volunteers who have helped this year and in previous years of the quiz.
"Shirenewton Primary school have taken part in our quiz every year since it started but never taken the crown before, so we’re delighted they’ve now become Wildlife Wizard champions!”