Green-Schools had its Poster and Video Competition Awards online today, with a virtual ceremony shown on screens in winning schools and homes all around the country. Participants were also treated this year with a presentation from the award-winning Cartoon Saloon. The popular competition focuses every year on a theme around water sustainability and is open to Irish primary and secondary students. This year’s theme was ‘valuing water’ which tied in with the UN’s water theme for 2021. Despite the disrupted year for schools with Covid restrictions and closures there were over 1,400 entries for the poster competition.

Green-Schools Manager Cathy Baxter said: “We kept the competition awards separate to our other Water Awards this year which allowed for an awards ceremony that was more focussed on the competition winners and it gave more time for guest speakers. Different classes from the winning schools could log on, while the parents and any wider family members, who wanted to, could log on from home too. It created a lovely atmosphere to celebrate and award the winners and showcase their winning entries. Every year we are amazed and proud to see how much these young students understand how valuable our water is and how to best conserve it. This is communicated with such clarity in their fabulous posters and videos, and it is a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate that.”

Following the awards today, Geoffrey Bourke of Irish Water, said: “Once again this year, we were blown away by the imagination and effort put in by the thousands of students all over the country who submitted entries to the competition. It is truly inspiring to see how deeply these young people understand the value of water. They are setting a great example in showing how we can all play our part in safeguarding this precious resource. Irish Water is proud to support them through our sponsorship of the Green-Schools programme.

Williams Stokes, a poster competition Southern Region Secondary Winner said: “I love the annual Green-Schools Irish Water Poster Competition and so I was delighted to win.… Posters simplify. They can help to crystallise an idea or distil an issue with a simple visual message. Even in soggy Ireland it is important to conserve water. Although water is renewable, once used, it takes time and energy for clean water to become available again. Every day we consume vast quantities of energy and ‘virtual water’; that is, water consumed in producing products and food. There is a cost. It’s not easy but we have to try to be better, more thoughtful and less wasteful.”

Irish Water’s sponsorship of the Green-Schools Water Theme is in its eighth year and in that time over 2,000 schools have attended interactive Water Workshops and Walk for Water Events. Last year alone, Green-Schools saved over 600 million litres of water. Green-Schools also runs a Water Ambassador training programme for students in participating schools and a Water Conservation Photo Competition for parents and students. Due to COVID 19 restrictions and school closures, the Green-Schools programme successfully moved much of its interaction online for the school year, with new content and innovative virtual events.

The poster competition has twelve regional winners and three national winners in three categories – Junior Primary, Senior Primary and Secondary. The regional winners win a professionally framed copy of their poster and a €250 Arts & Hobby Voucher. The national winners also win €500 for the Green-Schools committee in their school. The video winners get €2,000 for the Green-Schools committee in their school, with the two runners up winning €500 each.

Poster Competition Winners

Junior Primary: (Infants – 2nd Class)

  • Dublin Region: Ramona Craddock-Conlon, 2nd Class, St. Marys Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

  • Eastern and Midlands Region: Illinca Bogatu, 1st Class, Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Carlow, Co. Carlow.

  • North Western Region: Lilou Schmid, Senior Infants, St. Josephs NS, Woodford, Co. Galway

  • Southern Region and National Winner: Adrian Bindemans, 2nd Class, Glasheen BNS, School Ave, Glasheen, Cork, Co. Cork.

Senior Primary Category: (3rd- 6th Class)

  • Dublin Region: Darius Pantazi, 6th Class, Scoil Aonghusa Senior, Balrothery, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

  • Eastern and Midlands Region: Aoibhe McAndrew, 6th Class, Scoil Chrónáin Naofa, Dromakeenan, County Offaly.

  • North Western Region and National Winner: Éilla Joyce, 3rd Class, Scoil Naomh Fursa, Claran, Headford, County Galway.

  • Southern Region: Molly Gantley, 6th Class, Cappawhite National School, Tipperary.

Secondary Category

  • Dublin Region: Joely Kennedy, 1st year, St. Josephs Secondary School, Rush, Co. Dublin

  • Eastern and Midlands Region and National Winner: Tanna Kruger, 3rd year, Mercy Ballymahon Secondary School, Ballymahon, Co. Longford.

  • North Western Region: Sofija Stolareustea, 2nd Year, Merlin College, Doughiska Rd, Galway.

  • Southern Region: William Stokes, 1st Year, Patrician Academy, Mallow, Co. Cork

Video Competition Winner:

Coláiste Íosagáin, Portarlington.

Video Competition Runners Up:

Coláiste Nano Nagle, Limerick City.

Presentation Secondary School, Thurles.

You can watch all the video entries in this YouTube playlist:

Water Video Competition 2021 – YouTube

Cartoon Saloon

Watch Tomm Moore from Cartoon Saloon’s video presentation from the awards here:

Bonus Video:

The below video is from a student from Oatlands Primary School in Stillorgan, and while it couldn’t enter our secondary school video competition we think it is fantastic and everyone should watch it!