Tumut students bag a national audience

Franklin Public School art teacher Deborah Myers, Bobbie-Lee Foster, Lucy Swan, Anelise Van Ginkel and Coles Tumut manager Jane Barton.

Three Franklin Public school students have won prizes in a national competition to have their artwork featured on Coles’ new limited-edition reusable bags.

Grade 2 students Anelise Van Ginkel and Bobbie-Lee Foster’s collaborative penguin artwork was featured on last year’s Coles Christmas bag range while Lucy Swan (now attending Tumut High School) will have her farmyard-inspired design hit the supermarket shelves on a new range of environmentally friendly jute bags.

The students’ winning designs were chosen from Coles’ national bag design competition to support Coles’ commitment to remove single-use plastic bags in its supermarkets.

Twelve-year-old Lucy said she was excited to see her shopping bags hit the shelves at Coles.

“I’m pretty excited. I wanted to illustrate where fresh food comes from and there are a lot of farms near where I live,” she said.

Franklin Public School Principal Carmel Stuckey said the school was extremely proud of their students.

“We are all so incredibly proud of Anelise, Bobbie-Lee and Lucy and it’s quite astounding to think that a school of only 284 students has produced three national art winners,” she said.

“When Anelise and Bobbie-Lee’s penguin bags went on sale last Christmas, all the teachers rushed out to buy one before they were sold out. We can’t wait to see Lucy’s bags go on sale,” she said.

Coles State GM Emma Bridges said the sale of reusable community bags was a win-win for Coles customers, the environment, community organisations and young artists like Lucy, Anelise and Bobbie-Lee.

“We are so pleased to be able to support schools and celebrate aspiring artists like Lucy, Anelise and Bobbie-Lee by showcasing their work on our reusable bags. The bags will be seen and appreciated by millions of customers who shop at Coles each week,” she said.

“Our range of community bags designed by Aussie schoolkids has been extremely popular with shoppers since they were first launched in June 2018. Not only have they helped the environment, but they’ve also raised over $4 million for our community partners like SecondBite, Little Athletics and Clean Up Australia.”

Lucy’s farmyard inspired design is printed on Coles $3 environmentally friendly jute bags and will go on sale in Coles supermarkets shelves across the country from this week.

The new reusable bags will help raise funds for the Collingwood Football Club Community Foundation to support the homeless with ten per cent from the sale of each specially marked bag donated directly to the

Foundation. Anelise and Bobbie-Lee’s penguin bags have already raised over $25,000 for the Foundation.