More than 60 people including pupils, parents, teachers and governors attended the schools’ award ceremony for Swansea’s annual gardening competition on Tuesday July 9.
Organised by the Swansea in Bloom group (SIB), the competition was open to all primary schools and special needs units throughout the City and County.
The ceremony, officiated by well known Evening Post columnist and Swansea Sounds presenter, Kevin Johns, was held at the Swansea Scout and Guide headquarters in Brynmill.
Opening the ceremony, SIB Chairman Paul Chillington welcomed the guests and explained how until two years ago the event had been a join enterprise between the Group and Swansea Council, which had provided administrative and financial support.
However, due to financial constraints, this support had been withdrawn in 2017, and there had been no competition in 2018.
Now the Group had reformed, and was managing the event on its own.
He explained the 10 schools which entered this year had been divided into Swansea North, Swansea South and Special Needs.
There would be a gold award in each section, and all the rest would be highly commended. All entrants would receive a framed certificate, and the three gold awards would also receive a framed photograph of their winning entries.
Master of Ceremonies, Kevin Johns, explained how important the SIB annual gardening competition had been to the City over the years.
“The competition has always been a massive event in Swansea, and it really meant something to win an award,” he said. “And many winners went on to represent the City in Wales in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions.”
Gold Standard : Penllergaer Primary School
Highly Commended: Clase Primary School, Glyncollen Primary School.
Gold Standard: Cila Primary School
Highly Commended: Newton Primary School, Oystermouth Primary School, Penclawdd Primary School, Sketty Primary School, St David’s Catholic Primary School
Special Needs Units
Gold award: Birchgrove Comprehensive School
After presenting the awards he congratulated all the schools on having entered, and said they had made a real difference to their schools and to the community.
“You should all be very proud of your schools,” Kevin Johns added. “And what’s more important, your schools should all be very proud of you!”