Pupils from six primary schools and Lydiard Park Academy in West Swindon have been busy using their creative skills to encourage people not to drop litter.
More than 1,000 children aged between 6 and 16 heard a presentation devised by 6th Form students at Lydiard Park Academy and delivered by the school’s community ambassadors. Some 500 took to the drawing board to design eye-catching messages as part of a poster competition
The entries were whittled down to 8 lucky winners, one from each school and two from Lydiard Park Academy, who will soon see their designs on display in local shop windows.
Swindon Mayor Cllr Eric Shaw presented the winners with certificates and gift vouchers in the Council Chamber on Friday 17 June.
Melody Barker, aged 11, from Tregoze Primary, said: “You can’t be certain, but I hope the message will be heard. I tried to show that litter is polluting and looks untidy. When my headteacher told me I had won, it was a nice surprise.”
Initiated by Swindon Borough Council Localities team, the competition was sponsored by Phoenix Rotary Club, McDonald’s and MLL printing.
Cameron Rankin-Acosta, aged 10, from Brookfield Primary, said: “I wanted to show what happens if people drop littler – the world won’t be clean and animals might die. I was really pleased to win.”
Isaac Weis, aged 14, from Lydiard Park Academy was amongst the students who helped to supervise the competition. He said: “It involved lots of planning. It has been complicated but also fun and I was pleased with the end result.”
LPA 6th former Naeema Miah commented: “We worked hard on lots of ideas to devise a presentation that younger children would understand; after all, only we were that age six years ago. It was a good learning experience for all of us.”
Sixth former Adam Talbot added: “The primary school children immediately understood the issues around litter, how it can damage wildlife and spoil their neighbourhood. The number of entries indicates how keen they were to be involved.”
Swindon Mayor Cllr Eric Shaw said: “The beauty of this competition is that it has a positive practical application. I was very impressed by the standard of entries and hope the message hits home to adults because it’s often grown-ups not children who are responsible. The children evidently understood the issues and impact littering has on the environment and wildlife. Many congratulations to everyone who took part.”
LPA principal Clive Zimmerman: “The project was an excellent example of our school working within the community, to involve pupils at our partner primary schools, the local authority and local businesses for the benefit of the whole area. My congratulations to all who came up with designs, the students who organised the presentations to the eight primary schools, and LPA teacher Cristina Bennett who coordinated the project with Gail Light from Swindon Council.
Pictured by Richard Wintle of Calyx, top, Swindon Mayor Cllr Eric Shaw with the poster winners. Below, the Mayor with poster designers, student organisers, adult coordinators and business sponsors