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Sun Shines for Sunnyside at GoMA

Pupils presented with top creative prize for sculpture of a gannet made of waste materials.

Pupils from Sunnyside Primary School in Glasgow have been selected as the winners of our recent competition to create artwork from waste.

Five finalists had their artwork displayed in the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, as part of Sip Don't Tip, a major exhibition on single use drinks containers.

Sunnyside Primary School was presented with first place for its campaign #NaeStrawAtAw.  The school encouraged all pupils to participate in researching the problem of litter by carrying out several local clean ups. During its investigations, pupils became particularly concerned with the volume of milk cartons and plastic straws - estimating that a staggering 30,000 cartons and straws are used in Glasgow schools each day.

Their final artwork comprised of a gannet, sculpted out of milk cartons and papier mache, with a transparent stomach showing many pieces of plastic as well as fish. Pupils featured the gannet as part of their campaign #NaeStrawAtAw, in partnership with Ullapool Primary, encouraging individuals and businesses to reduce their use of plastic straws.

Teacher Karon Battersby said: “We are really pleased to pick up this prize today. All of the pupils were excited to be involved in this project. Their ideas and suggestions were really inventive and they rose to the challenge of researching the problem before getting creative to tell their story.

“Taking part in this competition has helped to further the pupils’ interest in the litter issue and boosted their passion for reducing plastic.”

As the winning school, Sunnyside Primary pupils will see their sculpture displayed at the Scottish Seabird Centre later this year and visit it there. They will also receive an Adopt a Bass Rock Gannet Family pack which includes a certificate with the gannet family name, fact sheets and regular updates, an A5 gannet family poster, a cuddly gannet, plus acknowledgement of their support in the Centre.

Second place went to St Monica’s Primary School for their sculpture of the world made out of discarded tin cans. The pupils will receive a recycled bench, donated by Marmax Recycled Plastic Products.  

Also commended for their entries were:

Mosspark Primary School - A City of Trash

The Eco-Committee focussed on the issue of littered drinks packaging, carrying out Clean Ups and surveys of the area surrounding the school to find out how big the problem is. After speaking to local people, the children decided to make a sculpture of Glasgow from drinks containers, sharing the message that they do not want to see their home turned into “a city of trash”.

Calderwood Primary School - How Our Sea Could Look

P2 pupils linked their concern of drinks lier with the impact that this has on marine wildlife. One pupil commented: “If all the fish are sick from eating plastic bottles and we eat the fish then we will have sore tummies”. To raise awareness of this issue, the pupils collected 239 bottle caps from the whole school and created a mosaic of how the sea could look without plastic drinks container waste.

St Oswald’s Secondary School - Binny the Monster Recycler

After carrying out surveys investigating how many drinks containers are used each day within the school, the pupils decided to make a monster bin to encourage everyone to recycle. The pupils worked with Costa Coffee in Clarkston, who donated cups for the monster bin to be made from.

Our congratulations to all five finalists and thanks to all schools who sent in entries.

25 October 2017

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