Carrick pupils are calendar winners

Young people in Carrick have shown they’re switched on to saving energy ­and they want to share it with others, with a bright and colourful calendar, making sure their messages are seen all year long!

The pupils took part in a calendar competition, designing images for every month of 2014 and a special celebration was held in the County Hall, Ayr to showcase the artwork and launch the calendar.

Run by the Energy Agency and supported by the Council, all primary school pupils, who have had an energy lesson, are eligible to enter and the theme is ‘Save Energy’ – with pupils asked to create a piece of artwork to reflect this message.

This year, 350 entries were received and thirteen winners are chosen, one for the front cover of the calendar and one for each month. In addition there are six runners-up prizes.

Winners and runners-up get to swim free at one of the Council’s swimming pools up to September and also receive a certificate, an Energy Agency mug and a goodie bag.

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie, who hosted the awards ceremony, said: “The artwork selected for the Energy Agency Calendar sends out a strong message about saving energy in a colourful and imaginative way.

“The standard of the entries demonstrates that pupils in South Ayrshire schools have a good understanding of the importance of saving energy in the home. These young people are the adults of the future who will l am sure continue to save energy and look after our environment.

“I am looking forward to displaying the 2014 Energy Agency calendar in my office next year, where I am sure it will be admired by many of my visitors.”

Liz Marquis, Director of the Energy Agency said: “Our partnership with South Ayrshire Council is a very successful one. Once again primary school children have produced wonderful pieces of artwork that reflect how much they enjoy the interactive energy lessons.

Encouraging everyone to save energy is very important to us and the children’s participation in the calendar is a colourful and fun way of doing this. The fact that their messages and artwork will be displayed throughout 2014 is a great way of spreading the word to as many people as possible”.

Local councillors for each school were invited to attended the ceremony and present a certificate and a goodie bag to each pupil along with a copy of the 2014 Energy Agency Calendar.

The calendars will be displayed next year in Council offices and businesses across South Ayrshire.

Competition winners and runners-up: Meghan McDowall, P7, Doonfoot Primary School; Erin McCutcheon, P7, Alloway Primary School; Justin Stewart, P7, Barrhill Primary School; Rhianna Given, P6, Newton Primary School; Megan Yates, P7, Kincaidston Primary School; Elise Graham, P6, Forehill Primary School; Katie Bryan, P6, Kirkmichael Primary School; Michelle Reid, P7, Sacred Heart Primary School; Ruth Dowie, P7, Cairn Primary School; Laurel Sneddon, P7, Holmston Primary School; Jack Peacock, P7, Braehead Primary School; Lara Valdrighi, P6, St Cuthbert’s Primary School; Ana Borland, P7, Doonfoot Primary School

Runners-up: Laura Rowney, P6, Kirkmichael Primary School; Tegan Nisbett, P6, Maidens Primary School; Ali Laurie, P7, Doonfoot Primary School; Makayla Snaddon, P6, Forehill Primary School; Sarah McGaffin, P7, Alloway Primary School; Faith Lansburgh-Young, P7, Kincaidston Primary School