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Environmental Youth Speak 2017

Environmental Youth Speak competition 2017

Pupils from across the Council area participated in the 2017 Environmental Youth Speak competition at Lagan Valley Island hosted by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

This annual event saw 35 students from twenty one primary and post-primary schools confidently display their public speaking skills in front of a judging panel of Council representatives. 

The aim of the competition, organised by the Council’s Waste Management Section, is to encourage environmental awareness among young people by providing them with an opportunity to research and debate environmental issues.  The event was categorised into a Junior Section (P6 and P7 pupils) and Senior Section (Year 8 to Year 10 pupils), with this year’s themes being: ‘From Land to Landfill - How can we STOP Food Waste?’ and ‘Don’t Bin it, Bring it!

The prizes were:

  • Top prize of £200 for the winning school; and
  • £100 for the winning entry
  • £40 for 2nd place entry; and
  • £20 for 3rd place entry

Taking the Winners’ Cups back to their respective schools were Olivia Knight from St Joseph’s Primary School, Carryduff in the Junior Section and Sophie Browne and Kirsten Beattie of Lagan College in the Senior Section.

In second place were April Brady and Maeve Millar from Rowandale Integrated Primary School (Junior Section) and Emily Willis from Laurelhill Community College (Senior Section).  The third place winners were Daniel Allen and Josh Cimic from Dundonald Primary School (Junior Section) and Rachel Snape and Lynne Orr from Lisnagarvey High School (Senior Section).

All the participants at the Lisburn Castlereagh event received a certificate and a reusable shopping bag made from recycled material and a food scoop to reduce food waste with Councillor Baird announcing the winners.

The Environmental Youth Speak competition enables the Council to encourage and develop communication skills and self-confidence of young people and help raise awareness of environmental sustainability within the classroom.

If you would like more information on how schools can take part in the 2018 Environmental Youth Speak competition or to book a visit to your school by the Waste Education Officer, please contact the Council’s Waste Management Section on 028 9250 9453 or email:

View the winning performances below


Junior Section winner Olivia Knight, St Joseph’s Primary School, Carryduff


Senior Section winners Sophie Browne & Kirsten Beattie from Lagan College