PRESS RELEASE FROM THE RT HON PETER LILLEY MP
Thursday October 29th 2009
MP CONGRATULATES HITCHIN SCHOOL ON SCIENCE PRIZE
Peter Lilley welcomed pupils from Whitehill Junior School in Hitchin to the House of Commons this week, where they were presented with a prestigious science award after coming top in a national competition.
The school picked up the Bill Bryson Science Prize awarded by the Royal Society for Chemistry after being named primary school of the year.
Peter said: “It was a tremendous achievement for these pupils to come top in a national competition, and I was delighted to see them receive their award from Bill Bryson himself.
“The team – Jamie Addison, Max Angel, Hector Duncan, Kinnari Patel, Annie Pilsworth and Mia Pugsley – with a little help from their teacher Aline Dickinson carried out experiments to see if different colours of light affected the growth of radishes.
“As a science graduate myself, I applaud the efforts of Whitehill and other schools to convey the excitement of science to pupils and students, which have been recognised in a House of Commons Early Day Motion, of which I was a sponsor, recording their success.
“It would be wonderful if some of them went on to do great things in science. We need to encourage the talent of the future.
** Picture caption: Bill Bryson, Aline Dickinson, Peter Lilley and Professor David Phillips of the RSC with the prize winning pupils from Whitehill Junior School.
** Also attached, a copy of the Early Day Motion.
Further information from John Allen