Local students find their voices to speak out on environmental issues

All the participants in the 2019 Environmental Youth Speak from schools across the Lisburn Castlereagh area are pictured with Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee and Noeleen O'Malley, Waste Policy & Development Manager.
All the participants in the 2019 Environmental Youth Speak from schools across the Lisburn Castlereagh area are pictured with Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee and Noeleen O'Malley, Waste Policy & Development Manager.

Pupils from sixteen local schools recently participated in the 2019 Environmental Youth Speak competition at Lagan Valley Island, which was hosted by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

The event was categorised into a Junior Section (P6 and P7 pupils) and Senior Section (Year 8 to Year 10 pupils), with this year’s respective themes being: ‘How can the 5R’s help deal with our waste?’ and ‘No excuse for single use’.

Winner of the Junior Section, Matthew Mullan of Annahilt Primary School and Winners of the Senior Section Grace Gowley and Victoria Lavery of Lisnagarvey High School are pictured with Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; and Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee.

Winner of the Junior Section, Matthew Mullan of Annahilt Primary School and Winners of the Senior Section Grace Gowley and Victoria Lavery of Lisnagarvey High School are pictured with Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; and Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee.

Matthew Mullan of Annahilt Primary School in the Junior Section and Grace Gowley and Victoria Lavery of Lisnagarvey High School in the Senior Section took the Winners’ Cups back to their schools.

Sophie-Kelly Bradley and Tara Kerr from St Ita’s Primary School (Junior Section) and Grace Murray and Jack Hassard of Lagan College (Senior Section) won second place.

The third place winners were Kacper Kwiecien and Lennon Humphries from Brooklands Primary School (Junior Section) and Jack Kimber and Owen Greer of Beechlawn School (Senior Section).

Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, said: “It was an honour to be part of this year’s Environmental Youth Speak and I would like to thank local recycling company, Natural World Products Ltd for providing sponsorship to this event.

Third place winners of the Senior Section Jack Kimber and Owen Greer of Beechlawn School with Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; and Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee.

Third place winners of the Senior Section Jack Kimber and Owen Greer of Beechlawn School with Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; and Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee.

“I found it very encouraging to hear how passionate the younger generation is about waste and responsible recycling. Each young person delivered an excellent, well-structured presentation on the nominated recycling topics; and they made it a very difficult decision for us judges to determine the winners. I must say everyone did a fantastic job.”

All the participants at the Lisburn Castlereagh event, organised by the Council’s Waste Management Section, received a certificate, a reusable shopping bag, reusable travel cup and a recycled ruler.

Second place winners of the Junior Section Sophie-Kelly Bradley and Tara Kerr from St Ita's Primary School with Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; and Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee.

Second place winners of the Junior Section Sophie-Kelly Bradley and Tara Kerr from St Ita's Primary School with Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; and Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee.

Third place winners of the Junior Section Kacper Kwiecien and Lennon Humphries from Brooklands Primary School with Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; and Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee.

Third place winners of the Junior Section Kacper Kwiecien and Lennon Humphries from Brooklands Primary School with Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; and Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee.

Grace Gowley and Victoria Lavery of Lisnagarvey High School won the Senior Section of the 2019 Lisburn Castlereagh Environmental Youth Speak.

Grace Gowley and Victoria Lavery of Lisnagarvey High School won the Senior Section of the 2019 Lisburn Castlereagh Environmental Youth Speak.

Matthew Mullan of Annahilt Primary School won the Junior Section of the 2019 Lisburn Castlereagh Environmental Youth Speak competition.

Matthew Mullan of Annahilt Primary School won the Junior Section of the 2019 Lisburn Castlereagh Environmental Youth Speak competition.

Second place winners of the Senior Section Grace Murray and Jack Hassard of Lagan College with Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; and Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee.

Second place winners of the Senior Section Grace Murray and Jack Hassard of Lagan College with Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; and Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee.