Pupils win a trip on ferry

Winners Chloe Such, Zoe Harrison and Britney Walker, with other finalists and port manager Martin Putman
Winners Chloe Such, Zoe Harrison and Britney Walker, with other finalists and port manager Martin Putman

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Three artistic pupils are looking forward to setting sail after they designed postcards advertising destinations that can be easily reached from Portsmouth International Port.

The youngsters rose to the challenge of creating artwork inspired by the port’s slogan ‘Great Voyages Start Here’ and thinking of where they would like to spend their summer holiday.

Chloe Such, 13, Zoe Harrison, 14, and Britney Walker, 13, were among dozens of children from schools across south east Hampshire who entered the competition that tied in with the art and geography national curriculum.

They had to create an A3-sized postcard that featured destinations reachable within 24 hours by ferry from Portsmouth International Port.

The prize for their outstanding entries was a return ferry crossing for a family of four, courtesy of Brittany Ferries, LD Lines and Condor Ferries.

Chloe, a student at Bridgemary Community Sports College in Gosport, used felt pens to depict Disneyland Paris. The judges praised the slightly surreal, abstract quality she brought to her work.

She says: ‘I was really excited and proud of myself.’

Zoe, of Warblington School in Havant, wowed judges with her depiction of a journey to Disneyland using iconic images of Mickey Mouse and the Eiffel Tower.

She says: ‘I was happy and shocked when I won.

‘I chose Disneyland because people would recognise it as a destination.’

Britney, from Purbrook Park School, Waterlooville, picked Italy as her destination, earning the judge’s praise for her imaginative choice.

She used computer images and a clean, simple design.

She says: ‘I was really excited to win and can’t wait to go on the trip I won.’

Port manager Martin Putman says: ‘It’s wonderful to have children involved at the start of the summer holidays and see their creative ideas about places you can easily reach from Portsmouth.’

The competition was jointly organised by the port and Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership.

Jess Memery, business development manager of EBP, adds: ‘This was a great opportunity for young people in south east Hampshire to learn how much of Europe is literally on their doorstep, thanks to Portsmouth International Port.

‘The winners really grasped what we asked them to do and came up with some fantastic designs for their postcards.’