GIRFEC National Competition Winner is Oban High School S4 Student Niamh Macauley
Oban High School S5 pupil Niamh Macauley’s beautifully drawn poster was the winning entry from among hundreds of submissions in the national GIRFEC student competition. Sponsored by the Scottish government’s programme known as Getting It Right For Every Child, the topic for the design competition was “What does well being mean to you?”
Niamh will travel to Edinburgh next week to be honoured for her winning artwork by the GIRFEC officials who will treat Niamh and her mother to breakfast and lunch and a tour of their facility. The trip will give Niahm a chance to see first-hand what the GIRFEC organisation does.
“I was so surprised to have had my work chosen as the winning in the design competition,” she said modestly. “I am really pleased to be part of this programme that helps kids and their families.”
For young artists and designers, GIRFEC judges sought out a design for a cover for the guide – or perhaps for its web-based version. Again, basing their work on one of the eight GIRFEC indicators, pupils were invited to draw, paint, collage, design or photograph what one of these words means to them. Niamh’s winning entry…….
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