Students from Queen Elizabeth II High School went ice skating after winning a prize to reward hard work.
The prize was donated by Ice Skate Isle of Man to 20 pupils, in Years 9 and 10 (13- to 15-year-olds), who enjoyed a trip to the rink at Tynwald Mills in St John’s.
The hardest working students from Year 11 (15- to 16-year-olds) also won an afternoon at Laser Mayhem in South Barrule.
The winners were nominated by their tutors and the ice skaters were: Arthur Bankes-Jones, Jimmy Bostock, Affrica Bethune, Eleanor Curphey, Daniel Done, Emily Downs, Hannah Doyle, Josh Fairhurst, Sarah Glover, Harry Hewson, Chloe Irving, Emily Jones, Abigail Lloyd, Kelly McMullin, Chloe Mylchreest, Ben Roobottom, Emma Vickers, Sara Watterson, Lucy Webber and Amy Whiteway.
The Laser Mayhem prize was won by Kaye Apugan, Sam Bowers, Cliodhna Caley, Megan Greggor, Harry Lowe, Lee Moffatt, Darcie Phillips, Elena Reid and Zoe Thompson.
In a separate award, Voirrey Leadley won a £30 meal voucher from Paparazzi Italian restaurant in Douglas, in recognition of her continued hard work, endeavour and achievement.
Three Year 13 students (17- to 18-year-olds) from the school recently travelled to a prestigious awards ceremony at London Zoo where their ‘Grow your own clothes’ project achieved a Gold medal.
The Jane Goodall Roots Awards were attended by Dr Jane Goodall, renowned British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and United Nations Messenger of Peace.
The lucky students, Annabell Jose, Emma Howard and Grace Harrop, got to showcase their work and were also interviewed by a German film company currently making a documentary about Dr Goodall.
Tara Golshan, executive director of education at the Jane Goodall Institute UK, praised the Manx girls saying: ‘This is one of the most impressive projects I have seen during my time here at the Jane Goodall Institute.
‘We want to make people aware of the environmental and occupational hazards of the “fast fashion” industry.
‘With simple ingredients of green tea, sugar and a few microbes we can grow our own green material and subsequently make our own environmentally friendly, biodegradable clothes.’
The three girls also took part in a fashion show wearing their grown clothes.
To round off an amazing day they were presented with certificates, a trophy, a year’s subscription for the school to National Geographic Kids Magazine, and a signed book from Dr Goodall.
Annabell said afterwards: ‘Dr Goodall’s speech was so inspiring. Her passion and dedication to her work has enthused us all.
‘We need to spread her message and motivate others to implement practical positive change for people, animals and the environment.’
The school thanked the Manx Lottery Trust Grant Scheme for its help.