Local pupils have their say on the environment
The annual schools Environmental Youth Speak competition took place in Craigavon Civic Centre on Tuesday 1st April 2014 were fifty pupils from schools across Northern Ireland representing 23 local Councils competed to be the 2014 regional and NI winner.
George Crozier of Dromore Primary Schooland Eimear McAleer of Loreto Convent Grammar School Omagh represented Omagh District Council at the Regional heats of the 2014 Environmental Youth Speak competition held in Craigavon Civic Centre hosted by David Meade
Primary and secondary pupils from schools across Northern Ireland took part in the competition speaking on the topics of “If I was Principal this is how I would reduce waste in my school….” and “How our school can become more sustainable….”
George and Eimear were the winners of the Junior and Senior local Council heats. George went on to win the Regional heat and represented Omagh District Council at the NI final
Environmental Youth Speak is run by 25 Councils in conjunction with Northern Ireland’s three regional waste management groups - SWaMP2008, North West and arc21. The competition begins at Council level in March, progressing to regional level and culminating in the Northern Ireland Final held in April.
Anthea Owens, congratulating George and Eimear on their achievement said ” both our local pupils displayed a great wealth of knowledge about current environment issues and their public speaking was admirable. Both pupils represented their schools, families and Council area with pride at this national competition”.
NEWRY AND MOURNE PUPILS SPEAK OUT ON THE ENVIRONMENT!
That’s just what Rhiannon Black from Saint Clare’s Convent Primary School Newry and Gary Chambers and Emma Edwards from Kilkeel High School did when they represented the Council at the Regional Finals of Environmental Youth Speak 2014 held at the Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre.The aim of the Environmental Youth Speak competition, which is now in its sixteenth year, is to get young people to research and speak on current environmental issues.
This year the topic for the Junior section was ‘If I was Principal this is how I would reduce waste in our school’ and for the Senior section ‘How our school can become more sustainable’.Rhiannon, Gary and Emma wowed the judges at the local Council’s heats held in March. Mayor of Council, Councillor Michael Ruane, who attended the heat, said ‘I can only but admire the effort you have put into researching the topics and am really impressed with how well you have been able to express your views. You are a credit to your schools and families who should rightly be very proud of you”. In April Rhiannon, Gary and Emma travelled to the Craigavon Civic Centre where they took part in the Southern Waste Management Partnership Regional Final competing against the representatives of the other seven member Councils.