Mullaglass PS Newry
Freda Magill (UFU), Noel Sweeney (Musgrave) with Adam Hamilton (6) and classmates P1/2 Children along with Classroom Assistants Belinda Murtagh, Rachel Dodds and Teacher Elizabeth Ward with the Musgrave / UFU Season of Farming competition.
Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
FIVE talented school classes from across Northern Ireland have won their categories in Musgrave NI’s (MNI) and Ulster Farmers’ Union’s (UFU) art competition.
The winning school classes impressed judges with their art creations, which stood out among the high standard of entries, as they highlighted a strong understanding of the two farming themes – ‘Seasons of Farming’ and ‘Farm Safety’ as well as great imagination in their presentation.
Randalstown Central Primary School Reception, Co. Antrim won the Nursery category while Mullaglass Primary School, Newry, Co. Down took the top spot in the P1-2 category. St. Francis’ Primary School, Castlewellan, Co. Down topped the P3-4 category, the P5-7 category winner was Woods Primary School, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry and Clifton Special School, Bangor, Co. Down won the Special Schools category.
Since the competition launched in December, classes have been busy designing their farming themed creations, with the winning projects including Sally the Farm Safety Cow – a life size papier-mâché cow, story boards and 3D models explaining the Seasons of Farming.
Each category will receive £200 and a visit from Mash Direct, while the five runner-up classes will receive £100 each.
MNI’s Managing Director, Michael McCormack said: “Congratulations to all of the children who took the time and effort to create some fantastic pieces of art. The standard in this year’s competition was very high but the winning entries really shone through with their creativeness as well as their understanding of the farming and agri-food industry.
“It has been great to be able to partner with the Ulster Farmers’ Union in this worthwhile initiative to highlight the importance of the agri-food industry in Northern Ireland to the younger generation and we look forward to next year’s competition,” he added.
UFU President, Ian Marshall said: “Congratulations to the five winning school classes who created wonderful pieces of visual art which really captured the imagination.
“The feedback has been great and we are delighted to see how worthwhile it has been for the children by incorporating it into their curriculum. We feel this has really helped in our aim to make children understand how farming and agriculture matters to everyone in Northern Ireland,” he added.
Winners and Runners-Up include:
Winner – Randalstown Central Primary School Reception, Randalstown, Co. Antrim
Runner-up – Busy Bees Playgroup, Hillsborough, Co. Down
Winner – Mullaglass Primary School, Newry, Co. Down
Runner-Up – Randalstown Central Primary School, Randalstown, Co. Antrim
Winner – St. Francis’ Primary School, Castlewellan, Co. Down
Runner-Up – Randalstown Central Primary School (P3), Randalstown, Co. Antrim
Winner – Woods Primary School, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry
Runner-Up – Seymour Hill Primary School, Lisburn, Co. Antrim
Winner – Clifton Special School, Bangor, Co. Down
Runner-Up – Mitchell House School, Belfast (P4)