HERMITAGE Primary pupils were given the opportunity to ask questions of wildlife expert and TV presenter Chris Packham, award-winning cameraman Doug Allan and filmmaker Gordon Buchanan during their recent Eco Week.

This year children in the Eco Committee joined forces with members of the CORE (Champions of Rights Education) committee to deliver the first home-learning E-Core week, as pupils were set a number of challenges to complete each day, ranging from raft building to Jedi training in the woods.

Springwatch host Chris answered a series of questions from pupils, including one from P5 CORE committee member James who sought advice on how more people could be encouraged to become more eco-friendly.

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In response, Chris delivered a poignant reminder that we have the capabilities to look after our environment and that we all have to work together to make positive changes.

Following their reecent Health Week challenge to move 500 miles in any way they could, pupils took part in a whole-school beach clean for Eco Week, removing 2,556 items of litter from local beaches.

They also took part in a photography challenge after receiving expert tips from Bafta and Emmy winning cameraman Doug Allan.

As well as providing top tips for budding photographers, Doug - who visited Helensburgh to give a talk in November as part of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s ‘Inspiring People’ series - also very kindly took time to answer questions from the children.

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Hermitage Primary head teacher Elspeth Davis said: “Learning about his life and work was certainly inspirational, especially for the promising environmentalists at Hermitage.

“Pupils also showed that they are as talented in front of the lens as they are behind it at our first ever virtual talent show, Hermie’s Got Talent.

“Pupils, families and staff were treated to a jam-packed show of singing, dancing, magic tricks, tricks on wheels, musical recitals and so much more.

“As always, pupils put in 100 per cent.”

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