Schoolchildren from two rural primary schools, which together form the Exmoor Link Federation, have excelled in a county-wide painting competition held by the Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
Bishops Nympton Primary School near South Molton, on the edge of Exmoor National Park, was named Best Overall School in CPRE Devon’s ‘My Outdoors’ competition, winning £200 towards outdoor learning. Partner school East Anstey Primary was highly commended in the same category and won £50 towards outdoor learning.
The competition is a fun way to encourage outdoor learning and help young children engage with and enjoy the countryside.
Penny Mills, Director of CPRE Devon, said, “We received entries from right across the county from girls and boys who had captured their favourite Devon landscape on paper. Pencils, paints and sticking paste were all put to use to create art works which showed the children’s appreciation of Devon’s rich variety of natural landscapes.
“The judges had a hard task choosing between the entries. We would like to thank everyone who supported CPRE Devon by entering and say congratulations to all the winners!”
The individual prizes were won by Amelie Willis Smith (Key Stage 1) from Holbeton Primary School for her delightful collage The Beach, and Ava Perkins (Key Stage 2) from Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School in Exeter for her painting entitled Dartmoor.
Each child who entered won a badge featuring CPRE Devon’s new Countryside Ambassador Barney the Bull, becoming part of Barney’s team helping to promote the Devon countryside to primary school children in KS1 and KS2.
For more information on the competition and the winners, visit www.cpredevon.org.uk
PHOTOS: Highly commended entries from Bishops Nympton (top) and East Anstey (here).
More than 100 primary school children from Ilfracombe have made the grade as junior park rangers.
On Tuesday 26 June the 120 children were presented with their certificates after successfully completing the four-week course, which covered topics such as orienteering, tree identification, mini beasts and pond dipping.
The course, organised by North Devon Council’s Parks team, raises awareness about the importance of parks and how we can help look after them. As well as learning practical skills, the children were taught about wildlife, biodiversity and the natural environment. The scheme has been so successful that it is now in its 13th year.
Executive Member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “The idea behind this scheme is to raise young people’s awareness of the importance of parks and why we need to protect them for future generations. It is also just as important to the Parks team that the children have lots of fun while they were learning. I’m told the children showed an enormous amount of enthusiasm and knowledge in all the activities they took part in. They are a credit to both their school and their community.”
Joe Alcock from Ilfracombe Junior School, says: “The Park Rangers course is a fun and exciting way of getting the children to learn about the park and understanding the importance of looking after and using our local park properly. The different activities each week have given children a real insight into just how much the park has to offer and we hope they will use and respect the park more so than ever now they’ve completed the course!”
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer at Bicclescombe Park, there is a very active group on Facebook – contact the council’s Parks team on 01271 388308 for more information.
Winning entries will have a lorry named after them with their artwork displayed on the vehicle.
Mid Devon District Council is running another exciting competition for all Mid Devon primary school children. They would like children of primary school age to enter a drawing which shows what Mid Devon District Council collects as part of its kerbside blue food caddy collection and/or its subscription-based garden waste collection.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Clive Eginton, said: “We have six new lorries that need names and some lovely artwork. All the lorries have a split body where food and garden waste is collected and stored separately. The drawings should give a positive message to inspire people to recycle their food and garden waste. Food waste sent to landfill doesn’t harmlessly breakdown and as it rots it releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Food waste collected from your blue caddy is processed into energy and fertiliser. Garden waste is made into compost which is excellent to mix with soil to grow fruit and vegetables.”
The drawings need to be A4 in size and landscape, using paint, crayon, chalk or any other type of drawing material, but not photographs, sorry. They can be done in school or at home but schools may wish to submit more than one entry. However, only one entry per pupil will be accepted and the decision of the judges will be final.
Other than these rules, pupils can use their imagination, so let the creative juices flow! Good luck!!
The competition entry closing date is midnight on Tuesday 8 May 2018 and winning pupils will be notified by Friday 18 May 2018.
All entries must be posted or delivered to:
Mid Devon District Council
Street Scene Services – Recycling Competition
See the website for full terms and conditions: www.middevon.gov.uk/media/345268/recycling-drawing-comp-2018-tcs.pdf
North Devon primary schools have until the end of the month to sign up for Schools Day at Goldcoast Oceanfest.
Each year, local children across the district are invited to a day of exciting beach activities in Croyde, co-ordinated and funded by PETROC and North Devon Council in partnership with GoldCoast Oceanfest.
Aimed at Year 6 pupils in North Devon, activities include the coveted Beach Flags competition, mass participation Zumba on the main stage and the code breaker challenge to test physical and mental strength. Schools will also have time to tour the various tents and activities in the main arena.
Executive Member for parks, leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “We are really proud to be able to help deliver Schools Day again this year, with the support of PETROC and the Goldcoast Oceanfest team. Schools Day is all about getting our young people out of the classroom for a fun and educational day outdoors, enjoying our wonderful natural environment. I would encourage all North Devon schools to get involved in this exciting, free event.”
Schools Day takes place on Friday 17 June and schools need to register by Monday 1 June. Although the event is provided free of charge, schools must organise and pay for their own transport and parking.
For more information and to register for the event, schools must email firstname.lastname@example.org.