Local students named regional winners in 'boosting breakfast' competition

Monday 25 November, 2013. Six primary school students from across Northern Ireland have been named as Regional winners in the ‘Boosting Breakfast’ t-shirt slogan competition.

a collage of breakfast t-shirts

The competition, co-ordinated by safefood and the Public Health Agency, challenged key stage 2 pupils across Northern Ireland to come up with a slogan that ‘brings breakfast to life’.

The aim is to encourage children to start each day with a healthy breakfast and support the key themes of Eat, Taste and Grow’ – a free education resource developed in partnership by safefood and the Public Health Agency.

The Regional winners selected from over 5,300 entries across 215 primary schools in Northern Ireland are:  

  • Co. Antrim: Róise McHugh, Holy Rosary Primary School
  • Co. Armagh: Jack Thompson, Edenderry Primary School
  • Co. Down: Abby Parsons, St Joseph’s Primary School
  • Co. Fermanagh: Rachel Clarke, Maguiresbridge Primary School
  • Co. Londonderry: Adam Doherty, Belmont House Special School
  • Co. Tyrone: Bobbi Ellis Kane, Orritor Primary School

Each Regional winner has won their class a trip to Streamvale Open Farm, Belfast.

They will now go head to head to be named overall winner of the 2013 ‘Boosting Breakfast’ t-shirt slogan competition with first prize being an exciting class trip to W5 and a cookery demonstration with celebrity chef and broadcaster Paula McIntyre.

Fiona Gilligan, safefood’s Director of Marketing & Communications, said:

The high quality from across Northern ireland is very encouraging and all regional county winners have come up with creative and inspiring slogans that demonstrate the importance of a healthy breakfast. Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially true for children, and the competition helped reinforce this message in a fun and interactive way by bringing to life how a healthy breakfast will give your body the energy it needs for the day."

Judith Hanvey, the Regional Food in Schools Co-ordinator, jointly appointed by the PHA and the Department of Education said:

“Congratulations to all who took part in the competition, it was clear from the entries that a lot of effort was put in by the pupils and schools. The Public Health Agency recognises that schools have a huge role to play in contributing to the development of knowledge and skills necessary to make healthier choices about food. If children learn healthy eating habits early in life, it will benefit them for many years to come, helping to prevent many serious health problems and maintain a healthy weight.”

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