Energetic dancing to win Energy Makeover

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Pupils from Alford Primary headed to London last week to showcase their dancing in the final of the British GasEnergy Performance Competition.

The team of 14 P7 pupils from Alford Primary took part in the energetic dance-off final on June 19 after submitting their design idea for a very inventive eco house.

Six finalist schools from out of almost 600 entries from across Britain battled it out at the Westfield Centre, London, to win one of three £150,000 Energy Makeovers for their school

New and sustainable technologies such as solar panels, smart meters and LED lights will be installed in each of the three schools chosen.

The pupils from the 6 finalist schools performed a dance routine on a specially commissioned dance floor, designed to capture the energy created by students’ dance steps using innovative Pavegen technology. The energy was then harvested and used to generate electricity. The schools with the most ‘energetic’ and creative dance routine won the competition.

The pupils from Alford Primary got the chance to see Perri and Jordan from dance group Diversity perform live as they judged the competition.

The Alford Primary Eco Boogie Team had a week to come up with an innovative dance routine.

Head Teacher, Mrs Liz MacLeod said: “We were all very excited at having reached the final. That in itself was a great achievement. The other three primary schools were from London and Lancashire, and we were just thrilled to have made it to that stage. However, winning such a fantastic sum of money is almost too hard to take in. The excitement levels in Alford last Thursday were sky high!”

The huge sum of money will be put to good use and has coincided with the building of the school’s new joint campus. The innovative and sustainable technologies will further enhance the new building.