This was introduced in 2009 for primary schools and since then over half the schools in Formartine have entered, with the numbers increasing.
This competition concentrates on sustainability rather than floral display. The ability of the teaching staff to incorporate the criteria for this competition into the school curriculum is amazing. We are constantly impressed by the high level of entries received and the imagination used for recycling. The children give a presentation to the judges and their enthusiasm and mature approach is most impressive, as are the displays and projects undertaken.
The entrants to Formartine Beginning to Blossom also attend the Annual Awards Ceremony and receive their certificates along with a prize for first and second. There is also a Special Judges’ Award presented for the project which most impressed the judges. The atmosphere at the Awards Ceremony, where both young and old actively come together, has been commented on many occasions as “being one of the happiest events in the Formartine Social Calendar”.
Many schools strive to attain the Eco–Schools international award scheme, designed to encourage whole-school action on sustainable development education issues and this competition complements and re-enforces this scheme. It lends itself to the topic-based and project based approaches of the school curriculum too. For example, growing vegetables can combine numeracy in calculating the spacing of plants or graphing their height or yield; with health and wellbeing when these are cooked; scientific method can be used by comparing yield with or without fertilisers and, if the vegetables are sold on, it can be linked to everyday life in calculating change, income and profit.
Please take a moment to view past Illustrated Reports, you are sure to be impressed by the schools activities.
Click to view Illustrated Report 2016
Click to view Illustrated Report 2015
Click to view Illustrated Report 2014
Click to view Illustrated Report 2013