Student lockdown projects win over 20 Blue Peter Badges
15 October 2020
Over 20 students from The Birkenhead Park School have won Blue Peter badges for the inspiring projects they did over lockdown.
The initiative, known as the BPS Blue Peter Challenge, was launched during lockdown to give the school’s key worker and vulnerable students the chance to engage in meaningful extracurricular activities. Students were set weekly challenges based on the themes of four Blue Peter badges, including the environment, music and sports.
The school received a huge number of submissions, such as eco-rap songs, inventions to help the environment, and homemade musical instruments.
Following on from this success, teachers then helped students apply for real Blue Peter badges, which have now been coming in thick and fast. The initiative has now been rolled out across the whole school as part of its virtual extracurricular programme, giving all students the chance to win their own badges too.
Dean Osgood, Drama Teacher and creator of the initiative said: “We are committed to giving students as many extracurricular and enrichment as possible and lockdown did not stop us! I was massively overwhelmed by the fantastic responses we got; it makes my day every time a student pops in to show off their Blue Peter badge. What a fantastic way to demonstrate our school values.”
A year 8 badge-winner said: “I loved the Blue Peter Challenge, it made me really creative and gave me something to focus on. I feel very proud when I wear my badge around school.”
Blue Peter badges are awarded by BBC children’s show Blue Peter for sending in interesting stories, makes, pictures, poems and more. They allow winners to visit over 200 attractions in the UK.