A youngster from St Columba’s Primary School in Cupar has beaten off 4000 other entries in the Food Standards Agency in Scotland’s Christmas poster design competition.

Primary 1 pupil Erin Lowdon was among children from 153 primary schools who entered the competition for posters promoting good food hygiene, healthy eating and physical activity, or food allergy awareness

Erin scooped first prize with an eye-catching design highlighting the importance of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, winning prizes including a cookery demonstration for her school. 

The overall standard of the posters was excellent, and the judging panel felt that Erin’s design put across the message of healthy eating exceptionally well. A further 11 highly commended designs included an entry from another St Columba’s pupil, Shana Edmonds. 

All 12 posters feature in the FSA in Scotland’s 2012 calendar, which has been distributed to key Scottish stakeholders

Earlier this week (Jan 30, 2012) chef Douglas Lisi gave a cookery demonstration to pupils, teachers and officials from Fife Council’s Food Health and Safety Services. Erin was also presented with a framed print of her winning design by Charles Milne, Director, Food Standards Agency in Scotland.

Mr Milne said that the competition is a fun way of encouraging young people to think creatively about the FSA’s key messages of safe food and healthy eating.

“ It is hoped that they will put into practice the valuable lessons they have learned from the competition about washing their hands thoroughly, cooking food properly to help prevent food poisoning and the benefits of healthy eating and physical activity,” he said.

‘St Columba’s Primary School head teacher Jo Boggan said that everyone is very proud of Erin as overall winner of the competition, and also of Shana’s success.

“All pupils were asked to make posters as part of their holiday homework, and the standard of entry was great. The children were able to show the knowledge and understanding that they have in this important area of health education” said Jo.

In addition to the framed print, Erin was also awarded £300 and her school received £1000 to spend on FSA approved projects.

The photograph shows chef Douglas Lisi with Shana(left) and Erin.


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