Fantastic festive creations at Christmas Decoration competition
A whole host of fantastic festive creations adorned County Hall as the winners of this year's Christmas Decoration Competition were officially announced.
The annual competition sees kids get creative and create Christmas decorations from recycled materials. Hundreds of students from all over the county got involved with the competition that was open to both primary and secondary school pupils.
'The school children who participated in this competition have shown us all how to reduce waste by making unusual Christmas decorations from everyday household waste materials and a bit of imagination,' Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Michael Sheehan said. 'They are a wonderful example to us all and I congratulate them, their teachers and their parents for making such a great effort in participating in this competition.'
The competition is now in its 16th year and has been a great success. Alan Corcoran of South East Radio pointed out that it gets the children and their parents 'thinking about how to reuse materials that might otherwise be thrown away.'
Environment Education Officer with Wexford County Council Cliona Connolly stated that this was very much the aim.
'We look to encourage children to make creative Christmas decorations with waste materials, fostering the ethos of reuse wherever possible,' she said. 'Schools around the county were invited to make a Christmas decoration out of waste materials. Numerous schools throughout Wexford participated in the competition and one entry per category from each school was put forward to the County Final.'
Among this year's entries were cribs, Christmas trees, snowmen, angels, Christmas village scenes, Rudolph and much more. All 306 decorations received were proudly displayed in County Hall and generated great discussion from those who visited the building in recent weeks.
The People's Choice award proved to be a great success again this year, where members of the public voted for their favourite decoration on display. Tadgh Rossiter of the Mercy School, Wexford secured this award with his decoration 'Wreath'.
A group category also proved a hit, encouraging children to work together to make amazing decorations from as young as junior infants.
The overall primary school winner was an entry by Sadhbh McCormack, Mercy School, Wexford entitled 'Rudy and Sleigh'. Sadhbh made the decoration by using a range of waste materials including cardboard, Pringle tubs, plastic lids and toilet roll inserts.
The Overall Runner Up was a group entry entitled 'The Recycled Village' by 4th class students from Mercy School, Wexford. They created a village scene with a wide selection of waste materials. Other winning decorations included 'Santa's Angel' by Ivy Allen, Junior Infants, St Mary's National School, Enniscorthy; 'LOL Snowman' by Medth Dowling, Senior Infants, Camolin National School; 'Rudolph The Rubbish Reindeer' by Mikey Fitzpatrick, 1st class, Ballycanew National School; 'Britney the Owl Ava Dreelan, 2nd class, St Joseph's National School, Kilmuckridge; 'Wall-hanging Decorations Spreadout' by Sophie Redmond, 3rd class, Clongeen National School; 'The Gingerbread House' by Lilly Burke, 4th class, Holy Family National School, Glenbrien; 'We Three Kings' by Anna Corrigan, 5th class , Screen National School and 'A Festive Feast' by Holly Spencer, 6th class, Gorey Central National School. Primary school group categories winners included 'The Night Before Christmas' by Ballyhogue National School; 'Hogwarts Christmas Castle' by Tanad Byrne Staples, Axel Roulston, Ruth Griffin Doyle, Callia Dunphy and Bryony McGuiness, St Iberius National School, Wexford; 'Santa's Truck: Coke Cans' by Kate Mooney and Andrew Mooney, Barntown National School; and 'A Starry Christmas Night' by Kate Higgins and Lilly Kehoe, Rathnure National School.
Secondary School winners included 'Our Christmas Village' by Senior 3, Our Lady of Fatima School, Wexford; 'Lighted Christmas Star & Wreath' by Sophia Whitehead, Selskar College, Wexford and 'Countdown to Christmas' by Lauren Spencer, Gorey Community School. Congratulations to all who participated.