NHSG - Deputy Lord Lieutenant Presents Junior School Pupils with Forester Award

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Presents Junior School Pupils with Forester Award

July 6, 2022

One of The Queen’s representatives came to Junior School on Monday 29th June to present every one of our pupils with a specially minted Queen’s Jubilee coin to commemorate their achievement of a Junior Forester Award.

The special visit was made by Mrs Sarah Stewart, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Tyne and Wear, after we registered, and completed the requirements of a unique joint initiative between The Queen’s Green Canopy programme and the Royal Forestry Society. The Junior Forester Award included activities linked to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which marked Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

As well as planting an English oak in the grounds of the Junior School for The Queen’s Green Canopy, the NHSG pupils got involved in a wide range of activities that provided an insight into the skills needed for a career in Forestry, as well as equipping them with the practical ability to assist in woodland management in their schools and local communities.

Our Eco warrior representatives collected the awards on behalf of all pupils from Mrs Stewart at a memorable assembly, where, as well as congratulating the girls for their hard work, she also explained the role of the Lord Lieutenant’s in representing The Queen at special events. We were fascinated to learn that Lord Lieutenants were established by Henry VIII in order to raise taxes for the King and stand in for him on the battle fields. Fortunately, the role is not quite so dangerous today; it now includes attending events and making arrangements for royal visits among other duties.

We were very honoured to welcome Mrs Stewart, and the pupils were very excited to have the opportunity to receive their award from her. The Junior Forester Award has been a brilliant programme where the pupils have been able to focus on why woodland and forests are so important and how these can be protected in the future.

Girls from Nursery to Year 6 spent the eight-week programme exploring the School’s extensive grounds to gain a greater understanding of our woodland as well as considering what they can do to protect woodlands.  Our youngest pupils were encouraged to develop a real love for the outdoor environment by learning about the living creatures found in woodland, as well as considering how they can increase awareness about the importance of saving our planet.  Older girls explored the special attributes of the woodland and the habitats as well as using their mathematical skills to survey the ages of the trees on the school site.

Congratulations to all the girls on their award; they are the next generation of eco warriors! Projects like the Junior Forester Award will ensure that they grow up wanting to take care of the environment, and we all know how important that is for the future of our planet.