Pupils throughout the school and college recently held their own Lions’ Peace Poster competition, with over 30 students taking part and the winner being selected by members of the Bexhill Lions Club.

Lion Sue Cassell, Head of the Youth committee said “We wanted to give St Mary’s students the opportunity to express what peace means to them through a piece of artwork. It gives them an opportunity to express themselves and to encourage them to talk about peace as well as the importance of tolerance and understanding.”

At the lively and entertaining schools’ achievements’ assembly, Lions Sue explained to all the pupils what the competition was about and thanked Wendy Maylem for organising the event in the school.

Sue then introduced Lions David Burstow, 2nd Vice District Governor, David Butler and Regional chair, Richard Winrow who presented the prizes.

The winner was William G. who received a trophy, a Hobby Craft gift voucher and a medal. Georgie M. and Alex T. each received Certificates of Commendation and a medal. They all received much cheering and applause from the rest of the school.

A cheque for £50 was presented to Sarah Jordan, Head of Education, who thanked the Lions for their support of the school and for the prizes. She went on to say that the pupils would decide on how the money would be spent.

Wendy Maylem explained that all the artwork was on display in the school for everybody to see. She commented “We would like to thank The Lions for running the Peace Poster competition at St Mary’s. Our pupils really enjoyed the challenge of creating the posters. We look forward to taking part in next year’s competition and being more involved with Bexhill Lions this year”.

St Mary’s School and College provides specialist education, therapy and care for young people (7-19) with speech, language and communication needs. For more information visit www.stmarysbexhill.org