Five pupils from Ardrossan Academy have won an anti-knife crime art contest after making a special film on the subject.
Stephen Wallace, Ross Pellegrini, David McGarrity, Scott McIntosh and Jamie McCann, are all 13 years old and pupils at Ardrossan Academy - and their entry to the ‘No Knives Better Lives’’ art competition was chosen as the winner from more than 140 entries from secondary schools across North Ayrshire.
Now their entry will go on to the national final - with the winner selected through an online poll.
Ardrossan Academy Headteacher, Mary-Rose Martin, said: “The experience of visiting Hampden Park to be briefed on the making of their film, together with partnership working has been marvellous for the boys.
“We are extremely proud of their efforts and our fingers are crossed awaiting the result.”
The title of their project was ‘BLADE’ and it featured a storyboard based on peer pressure culminating in the slogan ‘One stabbing – many victims’.
The pupils, along with Ardrossan Academy Depute Head Julie Fisher, Campus Officer PC Andrea Fletcher and Damian Taylor of Community Learning and Development attended an event at Hampden Park.
This involved working with pioneers in the film industry, The WISE group, Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) and Orielle Taylor, National Co-ordinator for No Knives Better Lives.
This advice allowed the group to formalise their project and assisted them on how to put their ideas into a DVD format.
The Ardrossan Academy pupils’ entry has been submitted, along with nine other local authority entries, to the Scottish Youth Parliament website.
Online viewing can be accessed through www.syp.org.uk and votes can be cast until Monday 14th May.
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