Pupils’ design lit up for Leeds’s Christmas lights

VIP: The pupils enjoy their exclusive area with 'Vic Voltage'
VIP: The pupils enjoy their exclusive area with 'Vic Voltage'
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Three primary school pupils were made VIP guests at the official Leeds Christmas light switch-on after winning a competition to design festive illuminations.

The year six children from Hawskworth Wood Primary School created an ‘Elf and Safety’ light display which impressed judges in Northern Powergrid’s ‘Light up Leeds’ competition.

ELF AND SAFETY: The children's winning festive design.

ELF AND SAFETY: The children's winning festive design.

They and their classmates were treated to an exclusive area in Dortmund Square to see their design turned on. They had their own private party with festive music, face painting, photos in Santa’s sleigh and a visit from the company’s safety mascot Vic Voltage as part of the celebratory event organised by the electricity company.

The competition was part of a joint educational programme by Northern Powergrid and local social enterprise the Ahead Partnership to teach primary school children across Leeds about energy consumption, fuel poverty and lighting design. It encouraged them to engage with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Geoff Earl, director of safety at Northern Powergrid said: “The competition has proved an inventive way to get youngsters across the city involved in STEM subjects.

“The ‘Elf and Safety’ design is fantastic and the winners should be incredibly proud of their achievements and being able share their creativity with everyone who visits Leeds to see the lights.”

‘Light up Leeds’ was also backed by Leeds Lights - part of Leeds City Council - and the pupils visited the team to learn about manufacturing and how the council install the city’s Christmas lights.

Hwaksworth Wood teacher Chris Wright said: “This has been an amazing chance for the students to learn about energy, be creative and understand different career paths.”