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Christmas comes early for school competition winners

23 Dec, 2019

Christmas has come early for local primary school pupils, after they won top prizes in a competition to design a natural gas-themed decoration for their school Christmas tree.

SGN Natural Gas gifted a real Christmas tree to schools in every town in its network area, and the arts and crafts competition attracted over 700 entries from pupils of all ages. 

Pupils in Artigarvan, Coalisland, Cookstown, Derrylin, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Magherafelt, Omagh and Strabane became Santa’s Little Helpers, creating an array of natural gas-themed decorations and baubles to festoon the Christmas trees provided for their schools.

Hundreds of entries were uploaded to the SGN Natural Gas website where a special competition page was opened to enable people to vote for their favourite decorations. The entries with the most votes in each town received 1stand 2ndprizes.

First prize winners were delighted to receive a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, while the runners-up received a £50 Amazon voucher.

The winners are as follows:

Artigarvan: Chloe Buchanan Year 5 (2nd) Artigarvan PS.
John Grant, Residential New Build Representative, SGN Natural Gas presenting Chloe Buchanan from Artigarvan PS with her £50 Amazon voucher.

Coalisland: Dearbhla Coary P2 (1st), Sean O’Hara P3 (2nd), St. John’s Kingsisland PS.
Daniella Sloan, Domestic Sales Representative, SGN Natural Gas presenting Dearbhla and Sean from St. John's Kingsisland PS, Coalisland with their prizes.


Cookstown: Ryan Quinn P7 (1st), Cein Campbell P4 (2nd) Holy Trinity PS.
Ryan Quinn, 1st prize winner, and Cein Campbell, runner-up in the SGN Natural Gas Christmas decoration competition, pictured with Daniella Sloan, Domestic Sales Representative, SGN Natural Gas; principal Miss Sheila Devlin; Miss Farrell, P4 teacher (left); and Miss Cush, P7 teacher (right).


Derrylin: Khloe Timlin P1 (1st) Caitlín Landers P2 (2nd) St. Ninnidh’s PS.
SGN Domestic Sales Representative, Samantha Trimble with St Ninnidh's PS, Derrylin prize winners in the SGN Natural Gas Santa's Little Helpers Christmas competition - Khloe Timlin, 1st and Caitlin Landers, 2nd.

Dungannon: Lexi Stinson P5 (1st), Henry Cole P5 (2nd), Howard PS.
Lexi Stinson, P5 Howard Primary School, Moygashel, Dungannon, 1st prize winner in the SGN Natural Gas Christmas decoration competition, receiving a Samsung Galaxy Tablet from Samantha Trimble, Domestic Sales Representative with SGN Natural Gas.

Henry Cole, P5 Howard Primary School, Moygashel, Dungannon, receiving his runner-up prize, a £50 Amazon voucher, from Samantha Trimble, Domestic Sales Representative, SGN Natural Gas. Also pictured are school principal Phyllis McWilliams and teacher Aimee Stewart, (left).


Enniskillen:Saoirse Conway P5 (1st), Maria Cosgrove P5 (2nd), Holy Trinity PS.
SGN Natural Gas Domestic Sales Representative, Samantha Trimble presenting Holy Trinity PS winners Maria and Saoirse with their prizes. Included are teacher Geraldine Gormley and VP John Reihill.

Magherafelt: Cliodhna O’Neill S1 (1st), Gemma Devlin S3 (2nd), Kilronan School.
Daniella Sloan, Domestic Sales Representative, SGN Natural Gas presenting Cliodhna and Gemma from Kilronan School, Magherafelt with their prizes.


Omagh: Darcie Year 3 (1st), Christ the King PS, Seth McFarland P3 (2nd), Omagh County PS.
John Grant, Residential New Build Representative, SGN Natural Gas presenting Darcie from Christ the King PS, Omagh with her Samsung Galaxy Tablet.


John Grant, Residential New Build Representative, SGN Natural Gas presenting Seth from Omagh County PS with his £50 Amazon voucher.


Strabane: Emma Patton P6A (1st) St. Mary’s PS.
John Grant, Residential New Build Representative, SGN Natural Gas presenting Emma from St. Mary's PS, Strabane with her Samsung Galaxy Tablet.


The man tasked with delivering a consignment of 6ft Christmas trees to almost 50 primary schools in the western area, was Gerard Fox from Maine Nursery Centre in Omagh.

Gerard said: “It was great to help bring Christmas cheer to so many local schools on behalf of SGN Natural Gas. A real Christmas tree is that bit extra special and both staff and children loved seeing all the trees arriving at their schools.”

While Santa’s sleigh would have been handy to carry the load, Gerard used a more conventional mode of wheeled transport to do his festive rounds. The schools were thrilled to get such an unexpected early Christmas present and enjoyed the opportunity to get creative with their decorations for the trees, which were also supplied with solar lights.

Congratulating the competition winners, Darren Young, Head of Business Development with SGN Natural Gas, said: “Well done to our winners and all the children who put so much effort into creating their natural gas-themed decorations. We were really impressed with the imaginative and colourful designs and, we also wish to thank all the parents and school staff who guided the pupils and uploaded the entries to our website.”

“This competition is a fun and engaging way to raise awareness about the exceptional demand for natural gas which has now arrived in the west and, we look forward to ongoing positive community engagement in our network area in the months and years ahead.”

By mid-2020, thousands of consumers in the SGN Natural Gas network area will have access to natural gas which provides an affordable, cleaner and convenient form of energy which is kinder to the environment than other commonly used fossil fuels such as oil and coal.