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Speaking Up for a Plastic-Free Island

St. Peter Port, Guernsey—20 October 2020: Children from Forest Primary School in Guernsey have participated in a speech writing competition, tackling the powerful topic of reducing the island’s single-use plastic consumption. 

In February 2020, Butterfield launched the Junior Ocean Advocate project in collaboration with the Plastic Free communities of Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney. Every primary school across the islands received a Junior Ocean Advocate pack with resources including books and Darla the Dolphin. The project aimed to help schools teach children about marine pollution and encourage them to protect their local marine environments.

Inspired by Butterfield’s campaign, Forest Primary School seized the opportunity to put persuasive writing skills and theory into practice, by holding a speech writing competition for its year five and six pupils. The brief was to encourage islanders to reduce single-use plastic use with the goal of achieving positive change for the environment.

From the 56 pupils that took part in the competition, eight finalists were selected by the teachers to perform their speech on stage to a panel of judges. Butterfield Marketing and Communications Manager Claire Heaume was the competition’s guest judge and presented the winners with their very own Junior Ocean Advocate Packs.

Ruby Coyde and Ramsay Ismail were the year five and six winners, respectively. Finalists, Belle Jones, Lauren Vickery, Zach Maiden, Amie Miller, Max Patterson and Philip Du Plessis were all highly commended for their speeches and made the judges’ decision a very difficult one.

Ms. Heaume said, “I was amazed by all the work on show today and how well informed the children were on the impact of single use plastic. All the finalists were fantastic, which made our decision even tougher. They were very engaging to watch on stage and certainly made me think about where I can make changes to reduce my use of plastic.

“As Butterfield operates primarily from island jurisdictions, protecting the marine environment is very important to us, so it is wonderful to see that Darla is helping to start the conversation about environmental issues in schools.”

Amy Watt, Key Stage 2 Department Leader at Forest Primary School said, “We are really pleased with how the children engaged with the competition and so proud of them. We are very grateful to Butterfield for coming to judge the competition and providing the prizes. It gave the children that extra sense of occasion and significance.”


Notes to Editors:

The Junior Ocean Advocate pack

Darla is no ordinary cuddly dolphin; her belly contains common plastic pollutants like straws and bottles which can be pulled out, representing the devastating effects of plastic pollution to our marine life. Watch this video to see Darla in action with the pupils of La Houguette School -

If anyone is interested in interviewing the children or hearing their speeches, please contact Orchard PR on 01481 251251.

About Butterfield

Butterfield is a full-service bank and wealth manager headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda, providing services to clients from our offices in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Guernsey and Jersey, where our principal banking operations are located, and The Bahamas, Switzerland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, where we offer specialised financial services. Banking services comprise deposit, cash management and lending solutions for individual, business and institutional clients. Wealth management services are composed of trust, private banking, and asset management. In Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Guernsey, we offer both banking and wealth management. In The Bahamas, Singapore and Switzerland, we offer select wealth management services. In the UK, we offer residential property lending. In Jersey, Butterfield Bank (Jersey) Limited offers select banking and wealth management services. The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: NTB) and the Bermuda Stock Exchange (symbol: NTB.BH). Further details on the Butterfield Group can be obtained from our website at:

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