Pupils get arty for competition

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THIrd year pupils from Peterhead Academy are getting arty for the environment to participate in a competition being organised by leading accountancy firm Johnston Carmichael, to raise awareness of environmental issues.

The academy is taking part in Johnston Carmichael’s ‘Green Shoots’ poster competition, which involves 11 schools from across Scotland creating artistic posters, which incorporate a ‘raising environmental awareness’ theme.

Callum Macauly, Shaun Lacey and Brodie Markwell, are just three of the many entrants in the competition and were the three selected from Peterhead Academy to be put towards the next stages of the competition.

A judging panel will select 12 winning entries against set criteria from all of the schools involved, including clarity of message, visual impressiveness and overall environmental impact.

For participating, each school will receive a £100 donation – to be used towards environmental projects – from Johnston Carmichael, with the winning team set to be presented with an extra £300 from the firm.

Headteacher Susan Ramsden said: “The pupils involved are part of ASDAN so we donated the money for participating straight to the group to go towards the eco and environmental garden.”

The 12 winning posters will feature in a 2012 environmental calendar, which will be distributed and promoted through the firm’s 10 regional offices and through the schools themselves.

Judging – which will take place at Johnston Carmichael’s Aberdeen headquarters on Wednesday, May 4 – will be carried out by the firm’s Chief Executive, Sandy Manson, Avril McLeod, Head of the firm’s Environmental Policy, Aberdeen-based artist Nicole Porter and Mac Mackie, Managing Director of Mackies of Scotland.

Iain Abernethy, Head of Johnston Carmichael’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), commented: “Our theme for our 2011/2012 CSR initiative is the environment and we have devised this competition to raise environmental awareness amongst young people, the communities in which we work and of course our staff.

“Discussions with the schools have been extremely interesting as, whilst in one school it may be an art department that is leading the project, in others the geography or science departments are getting involved – which I am sure will lead to some very interesting designs.

“We’ve already been extremely impressed by the efforts of the pupils at Peterhead Academy and wish the team at the school all the every best for the competition.”