Combe Pafford School scoops prizes in environmental poster competition  

Lara Hirst won the Year 7 prize.

Lara Hirst won the Year 7 prize. - Credit: pyramid torbay photography

Against competition from six other Torbay secondary schools, Combe Pafford School has taken the top prize in two of the three year groups competing in an environmental poster competition.

The competition was organised by the Rotary Club of Tormohun and sponsored by the Seal Project.

Youngsters had to produce a campaigning poster to encourage people to reduce their use of single-use plastics such as plastic coffee cups, plastic bags, and plastic beer mugs which are having a devastating effect on the sea environment and, in particular, the seals of the South West.

“Our mantra is to reduce, refill and recycle,” said Seal Project spokesperson Duncan Kenny.

Surajit Sinha, of the Rotary Club of Tormohun

Surajit Sinha, of the Rotary Club of Tormohun - Credit: pyramid torbay photography

Surajit Sinha, of the Rotary Club of Tormohun, added: “We have been delighted with the incredible response of the students of our local schools who have taken the message with such enthusiasm.

"With more than 100 entries, the judges' job was not an easy one but all four praised the standard of artwork."

The Rotary competition presentation

The Rotary competition presentation - Credit: pyramid torbay photography

At a presentation ceremony at the Livermead House Hotel, Combe Pafford art teacher Libby Stone was delighted with the school’s success.

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“Our students loved this competition. The subject inspired them to produce some outstanding work and it opened their minds to the world’s environmental problems. I am so proud of them.”

Lara Hirst of Torquay Girls’ Grammar School won the Year 7 prize, Liv Avery of Combe Pafford School the Year 8 prize and Amberlea Boyd-Reynolds, also of Combe Pafford School, the prize for Year 9.

They will each receive a cheque for £100 from the rotary club and tickets have been generously donated for visits to Paignton Zoo and/or Dartmoor Zoo.