Girls from both the Senior School and the Prep School were lucky enough to attend the annual Roots & Shoots Awards last week at the Barbican Centre and attended by Dr Jane Goodall DBE herself. Roots & Shoots is an education programme for young people that encourages children and young adults to implement practical positive change for people, animals and the environment.
Our Prep School Roots & Shoots Club were invited as they won Most Outstanding Group last year so were not expecting to win any awards, however Claudia Quinn Y3 walked away with the prize for Most Outstanding Photograph.
"The Three Musketeers - I cycled to a beach, and soon spotted some cormorants. Sadly, my cousin tip-toed a little too near, so there are only three Musketeers. I think that this makes a good photograph because they are in height order. I took this photo on a grassy rock at my favourite beach, Port na ba, on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. I did actually take this photo, no one else did."
Claudia’s incredible prize is to spend the day at National Geographic Kids magazine and become a special guest reporter.
The AFFCAD Club at JAGS was a finalist in the Jane Goodall Institute Project Prize (out of 2000 schools) whilst Catherine Walker (Y12) was runner up in the Inspiring Change video competition with a film championing Meat Free Mondays.
“JAGS went up as a finalist to collect our prizes and trophy and then I collected on behalf of Catherine's meat free Mondays promotion video followed by Kyoka in first place for her amazing conservation video. It was such an exciting day and we were able to meet truly inspiring and fascinating people: from the lead singer of an Eco rock band, founder of the Rhino and Badger trusts, Christian the lion's adopters and of course Jane Goodall herself! “ Matilda (Y12)
The overall winner of the Inspiring Change video category was Kyoka Seguchi (Y12).
“When I was 8 years old, I was reading National Geographic magazine, when I came across a woman called Jane Goodall. Completely enraptured by her work, I started to gain interest in animals and protecting the environment. She has been my hero ever since. Nearly ten years on, I have had the honour of meeting my inspiration twice. Last week, five of us were invited to the Roots and Shoots awards to represent the school and the charity AFFCAD. We are a Roots and Shoots school, which means we support the charity set up by her. Catherine Walter and I had entered a documentary competition; her documentary being about Meat Free Mondays and mine on "inspiring change". To my delight, Catherine's video came runner up. What I was not expecting was for mine to arrive in first place. When the said my name, I remember looking at Miss Parker in absolute shock. Shaking, I went up on stage as my video played in front of the whole audience, including Dr. Jane who was sitting in the front row. My incredible prize is to go and film with the film crew of Love Nature, a nature documentary streaming service which sponsored this event, in Canada! I have never felt so proud to be part of the community that supports positive environmental change, and I only have Jane Goodall to thank for that.”
“We are incredibly proud of all our girls on their fantastic achievements as well as their commitment to making the world a better place.” Liz Parker, Head of Charity and Community Action
Kyoka's winning film: Inspiring Change
Catherine's film: Meat Free Mondays