Creative kids win farming art competition

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Prize winners
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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 Reception (LtoR) Mrs Gibson, David McConaghy from UFU Policy Officer, Noel Sweeney from Musgrave, Teacher Miss McAllister and Andrea Tait
Randalstown Reception (LtoR) Mrs Gibson, David McConaghy from UFU Policy Officer, Noel Sweeney from Musgrave, Teacher Miss McAllister and Andrea Tait

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.

 

Pupils from Clifton Special School, Bangor are celebrating along with their teacher Mrs Sinnamon (right) after being announced as the Special Schools category winner in Musgrave NI and Ulster FarmersÕ Union art competition. Mrs SinnamonÕs class impressed judges with their creative art display on ÔSeasons of FarmingÕ and pupils Matthew Watters and Brooke McClenaghan were presented with their £200 prize from UFUÕs Barclay Bell and MusgraveÕs Jen Higgins. The competition helped promote local farming to school children across Northern Ireland and the children will also enjoy a visit from the Mash Direct Bus in June.
Pupils from Clifton Special School, Bangor are celebrating along with their teacher Mrs Sinnamon (right) after being announced as the Special Schools category winner in Musgrave NI and Ulster FarmersÕ Union art competition. Mrs SinnamonÕs class impressed judges with their creative art display on ÔSeasons of FarmingÕ and pupils Matthew Watters and Brooke McClenaghan were presented with their £200 prize from UFUÕs Barclay Bell and MusgraveÕs Jen Higgins. The competition helped promote local farming to school children across Northern Ireland and the children will also enjoy a visit from the Mash Direct Bus in June.

Winners and Runners-Up include:

 

Nursery

Winner – Randalstown Central Primary School Reception, Randalstown, Co. Antrim

Runner-up – Busy Bees Playgroup, Hillsborough, Co. Down

 

P1-P2

Winner – Mullaglass Primary School, Newry, Co. Down

Runner-Up – Randalstown Central Primary School, Randalstown, Co. Antrim

 

P3-P4

Winner – St. Francis’ Primary School, Castlewellan, Co. Down

Runner-Up – Randalstown Central Primary School (P3), Randalstown, Co. Antrim

 

P5-P7

Winner – Woods Primary School, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry

Runner-Up – Seymour Hill Primary School, Lisburn, Co. Antrim

 

Special Schools

Winner – Clifton Special School, Bangor, Co. Down

Runner-Up – Mitchell House School, Belfast (P4)

 

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Children from St. Francis’ Primary School, Castlewellan celebrate along with their teacher Mrs McIvor (centre) as they are announced as the P3-4 category winner in Musgrave NI and Ulster Farmers’ Union art competition. Mrs McIvor’s class impressed judges with their creative art display on ‘Seasons of Farming’ and pupils Ashleen McCann (6) and Charlotte Branniff (5) were presented with their £200 prize from UFU’s Freda Magill and Musgrave’s Noel Sweeney. The competition helped promote local farming to school children across Northern Ireland and the children will also enjoy a visit from the Mash Direct Bus in June.

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Children from Woods Primary School, Magherafelt celebrate as they are announced as the P5-7 category winner in Musgrave NI and Ulster Farmers’ Union art competition. Mr Lennox’s class impressed judges with their creative art display of a papier-mâché cow detailing ‘Farm Safety’ and were presented with their £200 prize from UFU’s Deborah Quinn and Musgrave’s Noel Sweeney. The competition helped promote local farming to school children across Northern Ireland and the children will also enjoy a visit from the Mash Direct Bus in June.

 

 

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