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Osbaldwick pupils leave a lasting mark at Derwenthorpe

Wednesday, June 20 2012
Pupils from Osbaldwick Primary School in York have been rewarded for their creative efforts today at the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust's (JRHT) Derwenthorpe development.

In March, JRHT ran a competition with the pupils to come up with new names for the energy centre, pond and children's play area at the site. The winning names were announced today by Graham Millar, Chair of the JRHT Board and Robert Napier CBE, Chair of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

  • The energy centre has been renamed The Super Sustainable Centre by Year 6 pupil Bronwen Mollan. The Super Sustainable Centre will be a hub for the community, providing homes with heating and hot water through the burning of biomass fuel, and also act as a meeting place for residents, businesses, schools and local groups.
  • The play area has been renamed Derwenthorpe Kids Zone by Year 5 pupil Kieran Bulmer Derwenthorpe Kids Zone features two playgrounds to cater for children of different ages to play in. There is also a multi-use games area where football, basketball and netball can be played on an all- weather pitch.
  • The pond has been renamed Jubilee Pond by Year 4 pupil Olivia Lamb Jubilee Pond provides an environmental feature for Derwenthorpe, and has already attracted a range of animal species, including Canada Geese. The pond also performs an engineering function to collect the surface water runoff from Derwenthorpe and control the flow to the beck to prevent localised flooding.

The pupils were also asked to design a series of posters for the site to help convey the ethos behind the development. The joint winners for the best drawings are:

  • Megan Senior in Year 5
  • Lucy Austin in Year 3
  • Oliver Coleman in Year 5
  • Hanem Kassab in Year 4
  • Mary Reeson in Year 6
  • Lily Tibble in Year 5
  • Kaitlyn Winterburn in Year 5

Speaking today JRHT Trustee Graham Millar commented:

"We are delighted with the imagination and creativity shown by the pupils and their enthusiasm for Derwenthorpe. It is great that they are able to leave a lasting mark on their local community."

New signs have been erected and the winning posters can be seen at throughout the site.

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