Double F1 success for Denend Primary

F1 Competition winners Denend Primary with Catherine Sinclair, Stuart Sutherland and Shirley Hodge. Pic: George McLuskie
F1 Competition winners Denend Primary with Catherine Sinclair, Stuart Sutherland and Shirley Hodge. Pic: George McLuskie

Two teams from Denend Primary School won a trophy each at the F1 in Schools competition on Tuesday.

Now both teams have been invited to compete in the British Championships, scheduled for June in Coventry.

The challenge which took place at Fife College in Kirkcaldy saw ‘Sonic Waves’ win a trophy for Best Primary Team, whilst ‘Denend Designers’ were given the prize for Best Team Identity across all schools.

The teams were accompanied by teacher Catherine Sinclair and Stem abassador Stewart Sutherland who helped get the teams ready for the competition.

He said: “We’re delighted!

“I think a huge help was the team identities, that seemed to catch the judges eyes.”

The teams were judged acrosss four aspects; the race, their stand - which included a talk -, a five minute Powerpoint presentation and the teams’ portfolios.

Judge George Paterson of Johnson Matthey Battery Systems said the teams’ portfolios were particularly impressive.

“Out of all the teams that took part they were the only primary school and there was only one portfolio that was slightly better than theirs.

‘‘They were polite, organised and incredibly enthuastic.

“They also spoke very well about the technical aspects of creating their cars which was amazing for their age.

“Stewart and Catherine were a credit to them also. Their enthusiam rubbed off on the pupils.

“Overall I thought they were outstanding.’’

Catherine said: “It’s been really phenomonal. I am so proud of them all.”

Shirley Hodge of Atlantic Embroidery in Kelty did the embroidery for the teams’ shirts and hats free of charge. She said she was overwhelmed by how well organised the two teams were.

“I’ve never seen primary school kids do anything like this, their enthusiasm is awesome.”

Headteacher Lorna Palmer said she was “absolutely thrilled to bits”, adding: “This is such an exciting time for them.

“They’ve had a lot of support from others but the hard work that they put in themselves was fabulous. It’s great to see it being rewarded.”

Catherine said that the pupils will now be looking to raise funds or gain sponsorship for the trip to the British Championships.

Owen Maxwell (11) said: “I’m really happy!”