Engaging young people with the centenary celebrations is central to the legacy of 2020 as they look to the future. 

Over the past 4 years we have been working with representatives of all the schools to develop a programme which is fun, relevant and educational for as many of the 8000 pupils as possible. 

Photo Competition

Now in its fourth and final year, this has been an outstanding success with nearly 500 entries submitted in this, our centenary year.  We have had two themes, ‘celebration’ and ‘lockdown’.

The project has been led by David Kell and Dennis Lewis with the WGC Photographic Club providing all the technical input and judging, with guest judges from the Royal Photographic Society.  

Trophies and certificates will be presented in November by the Mayor at a ceremony involving winners and their families.

Tree and Bulb Planting

Our second project was bulbs and trees planting in 20 primary school grounds in the autumn of 2019, ready to bloom in the centenary year.  Our team, along with the local Groundwork Trust, visited school assemblies before pupils enthusiastically planted 2020 bulbs at each school and a share of 100 fruit trees. 

We are extremely grateful to our sponsors John Lewis, Waitrose, The Hobson Trust and the Stefanou Foundation for making this project possible. Pictured are our sponsors and children at the Holy Family School.  

SEnSE - WGC Schools Environment Survey

The third project is the WGC Schools Environment Survey which will be carried out by Ridgeway Academy and Monks Walk schools in May 2021.  

Guest speakers from the British Antarctic Survey, the Environment Agency, and Groundwork will present at assemblies. students will then monitor:

– air quality

– water quality 

– Biodiversity and land monitoring on school site – to check flora and fauna.

The aim will be to provide a baseline of data against which checks can be made in the future – are we getting better or worse? The results will be uploaded to ‘the grid’ – Hertfordshire schools’ teaching and learning website, where they can be widely accessed over time.  

Apart from gaining greater understanding and pride for the town they live in, students will be encouraged to be more open to sustainable options in the future, and make better life choices eg subjects to study, career choices.


Some amazing photographs from our 2019 competition with the theme 'schools and home'

If you would like to read the judges’ comments on the winning photos, please visit the Welwyn Photographic Club here. 

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