Pupils’ art wins enviroschools competition

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Two Terrace Primary School pupils have won the top prizes in a recent Enviroschools art competition and promoted awareness of New Zealand’s native birds at the same time.

Jackson Drake won his age-group prize and the top overall prize for his poster on the huia and Hanna Scarlett won the people’s choice for her poster on the white heron.

More than 80 entries from Alexandra and Cromwell primary schoolchildren were received for the competition, which was held during the recent Alexandra Thyme Festival.

Enviroschools facilitator Anna Robinson said the brief for the competition was to choose your favourite native bird and present images and information in poster form.

Entries were judged on artistic merit and the quality of the information conveyed.

Both Jackson and Hanna showed attention to detail and it was obvious a great deal of care and research had gone into their entries and the pupils had “gone the extra mile”, Miss Robinson said.

The pupils did some of the work at their school but completed most of it as a homework task.

Jackson’s teacher, Sean Lowe, said it was great to see the quality of the two pupils’ work.

“They’ve obviously put in a lot of effort and gone to that extra length at home.”

Miss Robinson said it was “lovely” to see the spotlight the competition brought to native birds and it was hoped it would “spur on some backyard projects”.

Jackson and Hanna have won a birdfeeder each for their school and for themselves, and reusable sandwich wraps for themselves.