Turks & Caicos Islands Shines:
DECR design a bin competition

In January, the British West Indies Collegiate Student Council learnt about the TCI Shines Big Bin Competition. DECR informed the school that the  Turks & Caicos Islands Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Gaming, Heritage and Culture, in collaboration with TC Crystal Pure, Karam & Missick Attorneys at Law, the Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board, the Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) and the Turks & Caicos Islands Department of Environmental Health, had initiated the TCI Shines Schools’ Big Bin Competition. The Student Council then set about ensuring we recruited willing artists to put together an entry on behalf of our school. 

During the past couple of months, a group of our BWIC students have been working hard on our entry for this nation-wide, inter-school art competition. In an effort to keep our islands clean, the sponsors issued large, plastic bins to schools around the country. The challenge was to decorate your bin to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands. It was thought that not only would the bins encourage people to throw their garbage away, but they would also bring students together to spread one message: “Keep our islands clean!”

The BWIC team’s bin design was inspired by the beauty of the Turks and Caicos’ ocean and wildlife; creatures on the bin include: stingrays, lionfish, sea turtles and various species of coral. The students spent several weeks (working during art lessons, their own time and activity sessions) completing the artwork to ensure that all of the rules of the competition were followed, and that the islands were accurately represented (with the little creative addition of Nemo!). After many hours of hard work, the students confidently sent their bin off to the judges with high hopes.

This past week, the BWIC team, accompanied by Ms Chapman and Mrs. Wigglesworth, went along to the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex (along with all other competitors) to participate in the awards ceremony. After waiting patiently through the primary division, the BWIC were delighted to hear that we had placed third in the high school division and that we would be returning to school with a three-hundred dollar cheque to be spent on supplies for the Art department!

A big thank you to Ms Chapman for bringing the team together and ensuring that the bin was completed to high standards; and keep an eye out around the island for our school’s beautiful bin – be sure to do your bit and drop your rubbish in the bin!

Madalen Bayley (Yr9)