Just over 100 Year 5 students on the Central Coast have shown their creativity and their concern for our marine environment by entering an art competition to design a calico bag.
Year 5 students in the electorate of Dobell were invited to paint, draw or make a collage of their favourite sea creature and incorporate a message about the effect of plastics on our oceans and marine creatures.
There were 102 entries from nine schools in the competition, which was judged by Central Coast environmental organisation Take 3 for the sea.
“Wherever I go, kids talk to me about the impact of single-use plastic bags on the environment, and this competition was a hands-on way they could share that message,” Member for Dobell Emma McBride said.
“It is an issue that really resonates with students, and they are all intent on spreading the message about stopping litter making it into our oceans.”
First prize went to Cooper Rogers, of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School, Wyoming. Cooper’s class, 5 Gold, have won a rock pool ramble at either Norah Head or Toowoon Bay with Ocean and Coastal Care Initiative (OCCI), and each student will receive a calico bag printed with Cooper’s design.
Second prize went to Sarah Dyball, of Tacoma Public School, and third prize went to Lilijana Kent of Wyong Christian School. Both students won a backpack filled with beach accessories and a boogie board.
The three winning entries will be framed and hung in Ms McBride’s Tuggerah office.