Just under 500 entries were received as part of the 2017 – The Year of Sefton’s Coast Design a Mascot competition.
There were two categories in the competition (primary and secondary school) and the age range made for a brilliant array of designs. The judging panel consisted of representatives from Sefton Council, The Atkinson, Sefton Coast Lansdcape Partnership and Tick Media.
They sifted their way through some beautiful wildlife inspired mascots as well as some that took inspiration from the marine heritage of the 22 miles of Sefton coastline. Others gave a nod to Antony Gormley’s Another Place and marine life that you may find in our seas but the two winners really stood out for their celebratory nature.
The winner in the Primary category was Lydia Orvice-Gibson from St Oswald’s C of E Primary School in Netherton who came up with a wonderfully unique design which the panel agreed captured the nature of the whole coast. Her wave character stood out from the others from the word go due to the level of detail and the fun factor which she cleverly managed to weave in. Emma Murtagh, headteacher at St Oswald’s C of E Primary, said:
“When we saw this competition we couldn’t wait to get the children started and send in some entries so I am thrilled that a St Oswald’s student has won in the Primary category. Lydia is a lovely student who thoroughly enjoys art. Well done Lydia!”
Saskia Williams, a student from Maghull High was the winner in the Secondary category and again her design was unique and imaginative and the panel felt that they could use the design across a range of platforms and materials. Judges felt they could see her seagull character used across a range of materials and maybe even used as a flag or a kite as part of the celebrations.
Saskia’s art teacher, Hannah Jones encouraged her art students to enter the competition. Hannah said:
“Saskia is a joy to teach as she always puts in such effort and throws herself in to whatever challenges I put to her. I was so happy when I found out that she had won in the Secondary category, well done Saskia. Art is a big part of Maghull High School and we are proud of what you’ve achieved.”
Representatives from the Year of Sefton’s Coast surprised the shocked winners in front of teachers and class mates at their schools. Both winners were presented with their certificate and fantastic prizes which included a family pass to the Southport Air Show, the Southport Musical Fireworks Championship and an adventure on the Sefton Coast with the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.
Both winners were also invited to Bootle Town Hall with their families to meet Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne, The Mayor of Sefton, who took them on a tour around the Mayoral chamber.
Keep your eyes peeled for the mascots who will be making an appearance on various materials in the coming weeks and find out more about 2017, The Year of Sefton’s Coast at www.seftoncoast.co.uk
New Liverpool City Region Adoption Agency launched
A Regional Adoption Agency covering Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral is set to be established.
It follows a successful bid to the Government last year by local authorities on Merseyside to create a new organisation to get more children placed successfully as quickly as possible.
The new agency – set to be launched in January 2018 – will bring together a team of around 50 staff from across the four councils who will be seconded into the new organisation on their existing terms and conditions.
Responsibilities will include recruitment, approval and ongoing support for adopters, tracking, linking and matching of children and the training and development of staff.
Although the Regional Adoption Agency will have a centralised hub, staff will continue to have a presence in each of their local authority areas to ensure they retain close links with social work staff.
Every year, the four local authorities approve around 100 adopters each year and place approximately 140 children for adoption.
John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding at Sefton Council, said:
“In Sefton, we are currently looking for adoptive families for 16 local children and young people. We know that we often receive enquiries from across the Liverpool City Region, so it makes sense that we are collaborating with our neighbours to meet the challenges we face together and increase the potential for our vulnerable children to find a forever family.
“I’m looking forward to this new regional adoption agency making the process for would be adopters quicker and more effective as both they and children in Sefton and the wider region are matched so they begin their new family life.”
Consultation has already taken place with staff and trade unions, and adopters are also being kept informed.
Reports recommending the approval of the Regional Adoption Agency will be considered by each council’s Cabinet over the coming weeks, with Wirral Council the first to do so on Monday 27 March.
The Easter holidays sees the return of the popular ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.
Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Southport.
The events have a very high success rate and staff from Sefton Council’s Highway Safety Team, offer a range of practical advice to children and their parents.
Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential. They take place at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane (L21 7LA) on Tuesday, April 11 from 9am-12pm and Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive (PR8 2QZ) on Thursday, April 6 from 9am-12pm.
We are now part of The Children’s University Scheme so please bring along your booklets to be stamped!.
Yesterday Sefton Council, in partnership with Edge Hill University held a Child Criminal Exploitation conference, at Bootle Town Hall.
Industry leaders across Merseyside came together to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences about gangs, violence and exploitation.
The conference was a huge success and has continued this valuable conversation with the many partner organisations involved.