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18 October 2011

Newcastle pupils' day with TV adventurer Ben Fogle
NEWCASTLE school pupils are going outward bound with TV adventurer Ben Fogle after their green scheme saw them crowned the UKs eco-friendliest teens.

Following a nationwide search, 11-year-olds at George Stephenson High School have been recognized for their rubbish clearing and recycling efforts with top spot in the npower Climate Cops SOS contest.

The youngsters project saw classmates rewarded for their environmental efforts through a points system, with prizes available depending on the number collected. And the idea proved such a hit with the kids that the school now recycles 25% of its waste.

Headteacher Ian Wilkinson said he was delighted by his students efforts and the fact they had been noticed.

The pupils really enjoyed thinking of ways to make an environmental difference and have worked so hard throughout, he said. Its great to see their efforts rewarded with such an exciting prize

Were going to make sure we keep up the fantastic green work that our pupils have started.

We are delighted with the efforts and very proud of our students. It is fantastic to see students taking a serious interest in the environment and on how our day to day actions impact on it.

The prize for winning is an activity-packed mini-adventure with Ben Fogle at the Outward Bound Centre in the Lake District. The trip includes a jog-and-dip a running jump, fully clothed, into a freezing lake and an overnight expedition in the Lake District, to help build on the children's eco-consciousness, teach about energy resources and help them to live with minimum environmental impact.

I have been really impressed with the entrants but George Stephenson High School really stood out for the passion they showed and their enthusiasm to make a real difference in the local area, said Ben Fogle.

As an explorer I have been all over the world, from the Outer Hebrides to the Arctic Circle, but nothing beats the English countryside for beauty. Through npowers Climate Cops SOS Ive been encouraging young people to help preserve our environment and so it's important that young people get the chance to experience it firsthand.

Ive actually done the jog-and-dip myself and it is definitely going to be a shock to the system for these winners, but a great way to take the plunge and literally dive into the great outdoors. Clare McDougall, npower's head of education and community, said the world would be better place if only more schools could follow the George Stephenson example.

George Stephenson High School has shown real innovation and imagination and a mini adventure in the great outdoors with Ben Fogle is the perfect reward for the UK's greenest teens, she said.

It is so important to inspire and educate young people about the environment and how working together can make a huge change.

Just imagine the impact on the world if every school across the UK introduced their own green initiative hopefully these fantastic teens can inspire more people to have a go.

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