Dauntsey’s School has announced the winners of the 2017 Richard Sandbrook Award

The judging committee decided to split the award between two applicants, current Upper Sixth pupil Charlotte Wilks and Charlotte Colquhoun, an old Dauntseian who attended the school between 2009 – 2014.

Charlotte Wilks has received the award for her project titled A study of the former Inner German border with the aim of creating a cross-curricular teaching resource for Key Stage 2 pupils.

Charlie’s bid is to create a teaching resource inspired by the land along the path of the former Inner German Border, known as the ‘Iron Curtain Trail’.

Charlie plans to spend 2018 working as a teaching assistant in Bavaria. Her aim is to cycle part of the trail and develop fluency in German, which will enable her to understand the museum exhibits and information centres along the route. She will then create a resource for teachers covering a range of topics such as 20th Century history, biodiversity and conservation. This resource will raise awareness of environmental issues and environmentally sustainable development among primary school children.

Charlotte Colquhoun was presented with the Sandbrook Award for her project titled Bolivia CIWY – helping make sustainable development sustainable. Lottie applied for funding for a two-month volunteering project in Bolivia with Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY). This is an organisation made up of teams of young professionals and volunteers working together to ensure the protection of wildlife and raise awareness for the conservation of the Bolivian ecosystem.

During her stay, she will take part in duties such as cleaning, building, educating local communities, helping to rehabilitate the animals and more.

James O’Hanlon, head of careers at the school, said: “There were six very strong bids for the award this year. After much discussion, the committee and the Sandbrook family felt that the two winning bids each presented a unique opportunity to promote sustainable development in a creative and impactful way. We look forward to hearing about their programmes next year.”

The Sandbrook Award was established by the Old Dauntseians Association in 2009 to commemorate the work of former pupil Richard Sandbrook, OBE (1946 – 2005) who was the co-founder of Friends of the Earth.

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Main image: Charlie Wilks, Upper Sixth pupil at Dauntsey’s who is a joint winner of the 2017 Richard Sandbrook Awards