“The school children who participated in this competition have shown us all how to reduce waste by making wonderful and unusual Christmas decorations from everyday household waste materials - simply by using their imagination” said Councillor Doyle. “They are a wonderful example to us all and I congratulate them, their teachers and their parents for making such a great effort in participating in this competition” he added.
Hundreds of children around the county participated in the Christmas Decoration Competition which was open to all primary and secondary school children, while Alan Corcoran from South East Radio was on hand to congratulate and interview many of the participating children. “The competition which is now in its fifteenth year is a highly successful initiative as it aims to get children and their parents thinking about how to reuse materials that might otherwise be thrown away” said Alan.
Cliona Connolly, Environment Education Officer with Wexford County Council and coordinator and mastermind of the competition explains the rationale behind the long-running competition. “The aim of the competition is to encourage children to make creative Christmas decorations with waste materials, fostering the ethos of reuse wherever possible” said Cliona. “Schools around the county were invited to make a Christmas decoration out of waste materials. Numerous schools throughout Wexford participated in the competition and one entry per category from each school was put forward to the County Final. Among this years’ submissions were cribs, Christmas trees, snowmen, angels, Christmas village scenes, Rudolf, and lots of tree decorations.”
All 294 decorations received were displayed in County Hall and received great praise. The People’s Choice award proved to be a great success again this year where members of the public voted for their favourite decoration on display. Ava Skye Byrne, Castledockrell National School secured this award with her decoration ‘Winter Wonderland’.
A Group Category proved to be a huge success again this year as it encourages children to work together to make amazing decorations from as young as junior infants.
The overall primary school winner was a group entry entitled ‘The Christmas Coffee Tree’ by Scoil Naomh Abbáin, Adamstown. The winning decoration used a range a waste materials including coffee pods, cardboard, lids, straws, plastic bottles and sweet wrappers. The Overall Runner Up was also a group entry by Kellie & Amy Cloke of Kilmyshall National School. They created a ‘Vintage Christmas Tree’ with an old mirror frame, pringles box and an old net curtain.
Other winning decorations included ‘Recycled Elf’ by Aisling Kehoe, from Junior Infants, Rathnure National School; ‘Christmas Tree’ by Tiernan Goff, Senior Infants, Kilrane National School; ‘Christmas Wreath’ by Lara McDermott, 1st Class, Mercy School, Wexford; ‘The Krindle Candle’ by Conall Rice, 2nd Class, St Garvan’s National School, Carrowreigh; ‘Snowman’ by Kellie Brennan, 3rd class, Scoil Mhaodhóig, Poulfur; ‘Joe the Elf’ by Patrick Rossiter, 4th class, Danescastle National School; ‘Christmas Reindeer’ by Sophia Silva 5th class , St John of God Primary School, The Faythe and ‘Art in Christmas’ by Una Fae Flavin, 6th Class Ballyduff National School.
Primary school group categories winners included ‘Santa’s Toy Factory’ by Abigail, Eli & Tara Hegarty, Mercy School, John’s Road, Wexford and ‘Christmas in Whoville’ by Leah Wright & Grace Donnelly Scoil Mhuire Rosslare.
Heartiest congratulations to all who participated.
David Minogue, Senior Executuve Officer, Head of Communications and Customer Services & Broadband Officer
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