Top class art

2015-05-05 06:00

A Grade 7 pupil at Kenmere Primary has drawn her way to first place in a competition to promote water conservation.

Cleo le Gransie’s poster promoting water-saving tips, entered into the Thirsty for action competition sponsored by Woolworths, will be designed and reproduced into posters that will be distributed to schools in the region.

The competition provides schools with an exciting and purposeful event that they can use to raise awareness of water as a scarce resource during March, when both South Africa’s National Water Week and the United Nations World Water Day take place.

The 11-year-old also walks away with a stationary hamper and voucher, while Kenmere Primary will receive a new, fully-installed 10 000F water tank to boost the school’s water-saving efforts.

Kenmere principal Andre Johannesson says this tank will go a long way in making a “green school”.

The school already runs a recycling programme and has a vegetable garden.

“This tank is just a blessing,” he says.

Cleo’s inspiration for the poster came from a desire to conserve the environment and a love of art.

“I love drawing and one day would like to become an artist.

“I was very surprised and excited to win, because this is the first time I’ve won a competition,” she says.

Johannesson hopes this achievement will encourage other learners to take up their pencils.

“We encourage all our pupils in the creative arts.

“This allows them to use both sides of their brains which is important for their academics,” he says.

“We don’t currently have a dedicated art teacher, but I hope to start an art club soon.”

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