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Schools’ Challenge 22 11 Jul

Wow! What a fabulous return for #schoolschallenge22! This year saw such a high standard of work from over 30 schools from across the county.

This years Schools’ Challenge began back in October 2021, as the LAS Education team posted entry packs out to schools and early years settings across all of Lincolnshire. Ten challenges were revealed, all linked to food, farming, agriculture, the environment and sustainability. Schools were able to select one or more challenges to complete, which entailed research and practical activities, culminating in a presentation before judges at the Lincolnshire Show.

Along the way, schools were supported through a networking session, offering advice from former winning schools and experts in the industry. Logistical information, and Q and A sessions were readily available through the regular Twilight sessions at the Lincolnshire Showground. Schools were also offered the opportunity to work with a mentor to help guide their project. Mentors offered their expertise in a variety of ways, including visits to the school, presentation advice and additional labour!

On the days of the Lincolnshire Show, the schools gathered within the EXO building – a purpose-built educational facility, as they eagerly prepared their stands for judging. The children were able to present their hard work to a pair of judges from both the industry and education, sharing their knowledge from the competition.

The EXO Centre was also filled with a range of educational activities for both the public and Schools’ Challengers to enjoy. Exhibitors including @BranstonLtd @PECT @CathedralMushrooms @DysonFarming @WatersideShoppingCentre and @St Marks provided hands-on learning and schools could also book onto farm tours across the day and enjoy the sights around the whole show.

A schools draw to help the RAF Falcons pack away their parachutes after a daring descent into the Main Ring, also provided two schools with a unique memory to talk about and remember!

The excitement built as the winning schools were announced within the EXO Centre. The President Elect of the Agricultural Society, Toby Dennis presented each category winner with a trophy, to a rousing reception.

Schools had a fantastic day, and comments from the teachers included:

“Thank you for the opportunity and experiences – a lifetime memory made.”

Kirkby la Thorpe Primary School

“We have LOVED taking part in the Schools’ Challenge this year. Thank you for the opportunity to showcase our brilliant learning and to learn much, much more. It’s been fantastic!”

Branston Infants

Visitors to the Schools’ Challenge also commented:

“How wonderful and impressive to see so many schools and children of ranging ages taking part in this. Well done…for encouraging the link between farming and schools.”

“A fantastic initiative and wonderful exhibition from all the schools involved, So inspiring.”

Congratulations to all that took part, and we really can’t wait to see everyone next year!

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