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School Watch winners presented with prizes 16 November 2007

The winners of the Department of Education and Isle of Man Constabulary School Watch competition received their prizes in a ceremony today (Friday).

The Department of Education is a member of the Eastern Neighbourhood Partnership, a community problem-tackling forum led by the Constabulary. The ENP is planning to launch School Watch throughout the area in 2007/08.

As part of the Constabulary’s commitment to the community, School Watch will encourage the public to look out for and report any suspicious activity around schools during school hours and at other times. This is to deter stranger danger, poor driving and parking, vandalism and other problems.

Year 5 and 6 pupils at primary schools in the ENP area were invited to take part in a competition to design the official School Watch sign. The winning design will be made into signs that will go up outside schools. Seven schools took part.

The winners – Megan Cubbon of Anagh Coar School, Annabel Corlett and Quentin Lucas of Ashley Hill School, Lauren Ayre of Ballacottier School, David Teare of Manor Park School, Adam Peet of Onchan School, Tony Duchars of Scoill Vallajeelt and Daniel Cretney of Willaston School – met up at St George’s Court today to select the overall winner.

They chose Annabel Corlett’s eye catching design to be made into the School Watch sign. Annabel is 10.

School Watch Judging
School Watch Judging

All eight pupils won £10 book vouchers kindly sponsored by Onchan company Big Fish.

The vouchers were presented by Minister for Education the Hon Mrs Anne Craine MHK, Inspector Sid Caine, who heads the Eastern Neighbourhood Policing Team, Constable Tony Lawler, who works closely with schools to promote such initiatives, and Debs Gwinnell, from Big Fish.

The Minister said all eight finalists' work was brilliant and in some cases displayed a sense of humour. She said she enjoyed the task of selecting the winners from the many hundreds of entries.

The winners will, with the permission of their parents and head teachers, attend the media conference to ‘launch’ School Watch and hopefully speak to members of the media about why they value their school and wish the public to be on the lookout for poor behaviour in its environs.

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