THE next generation of artists and writers have been putting their imaginations to the test with the South Pond Group.
Children from Midhurst Primary School, Conifers School, Easebourne Primary School and Stedham Primary School have been following the progress of the restoration work at South Pond in Midhurst.
They have been lending their own hands to the project, making birch faggots for use in the pond, investigating the life of ponds through pond dipping, and visiting the pond itself to see the work in action. This inspired many of the children to take part in two competitions launched by the South Pond Group.
The art competition asked for ‘A picture of what bugs, birds or creatures you think you will see in the changed pond’, and the writing competition asked children to imagine a short story with the title ‘Bringing Life to The South Pond’.
More than 55 entries were received and it was clear the children had worked hard on their stories and pictures.
Barbara Coote, one of the members of the South Pond group, said: “The South Pond group would like to say thank you to all the children who entered the competitions, well done to all and congratulations to the winners. We hope they will keep visiting the pond to see the changes, and maybe spot some of the wildlife they mentioned in their pictures and stories. Each school has been told the names of the winners and awards will be given out in the new school term.”
In the art competition up to six years, the winner was Anoushka Haxworth, four, from Conifers, with five-year-old Rocco Heggie from Conifers as the runner up.
In the art competition, by a child in primary school, the winners were: 1, Ella Mitchell, nine, from Conifers School; 2 Amelie Hanrahan nine, from Conifers; 3 Eleni Georgiou, Year 6, at Midhurst Primary School. In the short story competition, the winners were: 1 Finlay Ewing; 2 Edward Daniels; 3 Scarlett Davies, all in Year 6 at Midhurst Primary School.