Integrated Primary School Children Reap Rewards for Allianz Garden Show Ireland efforts

Pupils from integrated primary schools around Northern Ireland gathered for a gardening session at the Greenmount Campus of CAFRE in Antrim recently – and collected some green prizes while they were there.

Schools who had won awards in the annual scarecrow contest at the Allianz Garden Show Ireland earlier this year, were given trees for their grounds and every group that travelled to Greenmount for the prize ceremony on 16 November got the chance to plant up a trough of colourful cyclamen to take back to school with them. Prizes were kindly donated by CAFRE.

Integrated Primary School Children Reap Rewards for Allianz Garden Show Ireland effortsThere were 15 scarecrows entered into the competition in May 2018, with “Scary Mary” from Ballycastle Integrated Primary School taking overall Best in Show title.   “Strawlady” by children at Mill Strand IPS, Portrush won the award for an eco-friendly creation, with Corran IPS, Larne, winning the nursery rhyme category with “Jack in the Beanstalk” and Roundtower IPS, Antrim, recognised for Best Team Effort with “Bird Man”.  “Mr Stitch”, from Phoenix IPS, Cookstown, won a prize for the Best Traditional Scarecrow.

Other schools were presented with Highly Commended certificates:  Forge IPS, Cliftonville IPS and Cranmore IPS (all in Belfast); Kilbroney IPS (Rostrevor) Acorn IPS (Carrickfergus); Killyleagh IPS; Annsborough IPS; Portaferry IPS; Rowandale IPS (Moira); and Six Mile IPS (Antrim).  The colourful creatures lined up along “Allianz Scarecrow Avenue” at the garden festival at Antrim Castle Gardens, delighting many of the thousands of visitors who attended over the weekend. The competition is sponsored by Allianz and organised by the Integrated Education Fund.