20 Years of Rutland Ospreys – ‘Science Meets The Arts’
The Rutland Osprey Festival 2016 – Wednesday 6th July 2016
This week over 100 school children took part in the first ever Osprey Festival at Brooke Priory School in Oakham to celebrate 20 years of the Rutland Ospreys. Beginning in World Osprey Week in April when the migrating ospreys returned north to their breeding sites, children have been working on their creative writing, art, poetry and science entries for the Osprey Festival competition.
On Wednesday 6 July the prize winners and Osprey Ambassadors from local schools viewed the exhibition of the winning entries. They also took part in osprey workshops on the “Science meets the Arts theme; The Sonic’s of Birdsong’, ‘Writing an Osprey Book’, and ‘Fun with Osprey Art’. Then lunchtime all joined in with our Osprey inspired games!
Schools taking part in the Osprey Festival were Brooke Priory (Oakham), English Martyrs (Oakham), Uppingham Primary, Bythams Primary, Casterton Primary and Bringhurst Primary and were accompanied by teachers or parents. Prize winning work included entries from pupils from Grosetto School, Italy (see photo of their presentation in Italy), Montorre and Urretxindorra Schools, Spain, and Tanjee School in Gambia (West Africa). Simon Bentley, Director of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, also joined us for the day.
The day ended with a formal presentation of certificates to prize winners by Tim Appleton MBE (Rutland Nature Reserve manager) and was followed by a performance of the new Brook Priory Osprey song specially written by the staff and pupils of Brook Priory School.
Here is a gallery of all the prize winning entries!
Rutland Radio and BBC East Midlands Today attended the event. Below is the video from BBC East Midlands Today, evening news report 6 July 2016.
Here is a short video of the osprey festival, produced by Richie Morton and Matthew Mustard.