In line with Mid Ulster District Council’s Recycling Hero campaign, the topic of this year’s EcoSpeak schools’ environmental public speaking competition was ‘Don’t be a zero, be a Mid Ulster Recycling Hero!’
The competition, which was organised by the Council, took place this week at the Burnavon, Cookstown, with P6 and P7 pupils from 17 primary schools across Mid Ulster taking part.
Pupils took the opportunity to remind us all of the importance of recycling and the environmental benefits it brings, as well as the damage we cause to our planet by not recycling. Pupils explained how they are proactive towards recycling at home, school and when out and about and how they expect everyone in Mid Ulster to do the same.
In their speeches many students referred to Mid Ulster District Council’s excellent recycling rate but did not hold back from saying that we can all do better at reducing the quantity of recyclables that still end up in the black bin.
Presentations were delivered by 17 pupils over two heats and were judged by the Chair of the Council, Councillor Martin Kearney, Councillor Frances Burton, Celine Magill from Natural World Products, who sponsored the event, and recycling staff.
Pupils took part from New Row PS; Bush PS; St. Mary’s PS, Aughnacloy; Knockloughrim PS; Richmond PS, Ballygawley; St Patrick’s PS, Loup; St. Macartan’s PS, Clogher; St. John’s PS, Swatragh; Carntall PS, Clogher; Churchtown PS, Cookstown; Aughnacloy PS; Orritor PS; Holy Family PS; Magherafelt PS; Donaghey PS; St. Malachy’s PS, Ballygawley and Knocknagin PS.
Two finalists were selected from two heats, they were; Sam Kelly from Bush Primary School, Anna Donnelly from St Mary’s Primary School, Aughnacloy, Ruth Wilson, from Carntall Primary School, Clogher and Aífe McKee, from Holy Family Primary School.
The overall winner of the competition was Anna Donnelly from St. Mary’s Primary School who was awarded the EcoSpeak trophy, and all four finalists received a £30 voucher.
Councillor Frances Burton presented participants with certificates and a ‘green’ goody bag. Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Martin Kearney, who judged the grand final, said, "The standard of the presentations at today’s EcoSpeak competition was excellent. As judges, we had a very difficult task selecting our four finalists and overall winner. Congratulations to the participants for delivering such outstanding presentations and for acting as ambassadors for the environment in Mid Ulster.
“One of Council’s corporate priorities is to tackle the issues we face in sustaining our environment. The Council is continually striving to find ways to build on our current recycling success and to continue our progression.
“Listening to the participants today gives me great encouragement – these young people are well aware of the challenges we face to protect our environment and they are already taking action every day to be Mid Ulster Recycling Heroes.”
For more information on the EcoSpeak competition and other Recycling initiatives, please contact the Council’s Recycling Officers on 03000 132 132 or email email@example.com.
Chair of the Council, Councillor Martin Kearney, presents the winner of the EcoSpeak competition, Anna Donnelly, St Mary’s Primary School, Aughnacloy, with her trophy.
The four finalists of the EcoSpeak competition, Aífe McKee, Sam Kelly, Anna Donnelly and Ruth Wilson, with judges Councillor Martin Kearney, Chair of the Council; Celine Magill, Natural World Products; Mark McAdoo, Head of Environmental Services and Councillor Frances Burton, Mid Ulster District Council.
Participants in EcoSpeak 2019 with judges Councillor Martin Kearney, Chair of the Council; Celine Magill, Natural World Products; Mark McAdoo, Head of Environmental Services and Councillor Frances Burton, Mid Ulster District Council.