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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Imaginative JP is at top of the tree

Published 31/12/2013 | 05:38

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BARNTOWN National School pupil J.P. O'Brien is top of the class when it comes to creating imaginative Christmas decorations from discarded items.

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J.P.'s entry 'Coffee Pods' took top honours in Wexford County Council's 2013 Christmas Decoration Competition.

J.P. is in 4th class and made his decoration using an old catalogue, used coffee pods, a tin can, old cork and shredded old material.

He was among hundreds of children at County Hall last Thursday to receive their awards in the Christmas recycling competition.

Council chairman Cllr. Ted Howlin, who presented the awards, said the school children who participated in this competition have shown us all how to reduce waste by making unusual Christmas decorations from everyday household materials and a bit of imagination.

'They are a wonderful example to us all and I congratulate them, their teachers and their parents for their efforts in helping Wexford to Reduce Reuse and Recycle their Waste.'

Hundreds of children around the county participated in the Christmas Decoration Competition, organised by the council in association with South East Radio, which was open to all primary and secondary school children. Alan Corcoran from South East Radio said the competition, now in its tenth year, aims to get children and their parents thinking about how to reuse and recycle materials that might otherwise be thrown away.

Cliona Connolly, Environment Education Officer with Wexford County Council said the aim of the competition is to encourage children and adults to make creative Christmas decorations with recyclable waste, fostering the ethos of recycling wherever possible. Schools around the county were invited to make a Christmas decoration out of recycled materials such as cardboard, newspapers, plastic and glass. 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 years' submissions were cribs, Christmas trees, snowmen, Santa and his sleigh, Penguins and lots of tree decorations." A group category proved to be a huge success again this year as it encourages children to work together to make amazing decorations from as young as junior infants. All 197 decorations received were displayed in the County Hall from Monday 9th December until Friday 20th December and received great praise.

The overall competition winner was J.P. O'Brien's 'Coffee Pods'.

The Overall Runner up was Eamonn Byrne from Courtnacuddy National School.

Eamonn's decoration entitled 'The Christmas Merry Go Around' was made from the inside of an old washing machine, packaging, old meccano, old material and a welding rod.

Other winning decorations included ' Christmas Candle ' by Michelle Murphy from Junior Infants, Ballyduff National School; 'Angel Ivy' by Roisin McGuiness, from 1st Class, Screen National School; 'Christmas in Wexford' by Christy Joss from 1st Class, CBS Wexford; and 'Christmas Coco' by Alex Gregg, from 3rd class, Murrintown National School; A Christmas Village' by 4th and 5th class from Clongeen National School and 'a Winter Village by Ericka Crawte, FCJ Bunclody.

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