Red letter day for pupils with Yellow Pages castle

PUBLISHED: 12:56 27 April 2006 | UPDATED: 14:40 12 May 2010

PUPILS at Roman Way First School in Royston have done their bit for the environment by collecting 415 old copies of Yellow Pages for recycling. After the children were set the Yellow Wood Challenge, they had to use the books to build a sculpture. The pup

PUPILS at Roman Way First School in Royston have done their bit for the environment by collecting 415 old copies of Yellow Pages for recycling.

After the children were set the Yellow Wood Challenge, they had to use the books to build a sculpture.

The pupils aged from four to eight successfully built a 3ft castle that included a bridge, three turrets and a moat, all made entirely from Yellow Pages.

The decision to build the castle was made to mark the Queen's 80th birthday celebrations.

The castle was built in the school hall and took only four hours to complete.

Chief foreman and head teacher Suzane Summerhayes said: "The children worked really hard and they had so much fun, with the whole school involved."

"We've had a great response from all the pupils and the community, who have been more than happy to donate their old copies of the Yellow Pages.

There was no need for excuses such as "we're low on labour" or "we're behind schedule", said Mrs Summerhayes.

Mrs Summerhayes said the school would definitely be doing more similar activities as they looked to raise environmental welfare issues with pupils.

"It helps raise awareness and teaches the children to take care of their environment," she said.

Pupils were also set maths challenges for homework, where they had to guess how many books were used and how many it would take to make certain parts of the sculpture.

Much to the disappointment of the children, the recycling van is expected at the end of the week to dismantle the castle and collect all the Yellow Pages.

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