Submitted by Steve on 14:46, 27th Jan, 2016 | 0

In the Autumn Term of 2015 Guernsey schools were invited to take part in the GSPCA Design an Advert Competition.

The competition which was run by Simone Richards the Lead Technology Teacher and GSPCA Welfare and Education Officer Sarah Creasey was rolled out to achieve a number of educational aims including -

  • Bridging school work and the world of work. 
  • In this competition, we are demonstrating that ICT applications effectively used in classrooms are not mere 'child's play' or ‘school work’, but tools which are used identically in the world of work.

The competition was also helping the GSPCA in launching a new promotional advert for the Angel Pen Pal Sponsorship Scheme which is a way islanders and supporters can help towards the care of the hundreds of animals at the GSPCA and the thousands that are helped every year.

Sarah and Simone traveled to the schools and classes who took part and a web page was designed with a video about the aims of the objectives and prizes to be won which can be seen still by going to -

Le Rondin, Le Murier, Hautes Capelles and St Mary & St Michael Schools took the lead with the competition entering an amazing 268 entries to be judged.

Sarah Creasey from the GSPCA and Simone Richards Lead Technology Teacher judged the competition on Friday 11th December with GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne also checking out the amazing adverts put together by so many talented youngsters.

It was extremely difficult to come to a decision and there were some amazing images and wording used which made the final decision so difficult.

After a lot of discussion and reviewing so many wonderful entries a short list was made with one stand out entry.

The judges decided that the winner of the GSPCA Design an Advert Competition to help promote the Angel Pen Pal Sponsorship scheme was a young lady from St Mary and St Michael Primary School named Maisie Belford who was in year 6.

Sarah Creasey GSPCA Animal Welfare and Education Officer said "We are always looking at ways to educate all ages of our work and raise funds for the animals in our care."

"It was great when we were approached by Simone to run the 'Design an Advert Competition' and meant that not only were the children and teachers finding out about our work at the GSPCA, but were also learning new skills to help promote what we do and how anyone can support our work and the many animals at the Shelter."

"With nearly 300 entries it wasn't an easy task to find a winner and they were all great in so many ways."

"Maisie's entry really stood out and she was truly shocked when in an assembly she found out."

"Today the winner Maisie and her class are going to push the buttons to activate the video online for the first time and will have a tour of the Shelter and of course get some winners cake."

St Mary and St Michael Primary School Head Teacher Helen Shepherd said "We, at St Mary and St Michael were absolutely delighted to hear that Maisie's advert scooped 1st place."

"We are all so proud of her."

"Maisie is a committed pupil who puts a great deal of effort into every task she undertakes."

"She is a rightful winner!"

Year 6 Class Teacher Sally Murray "The class were really interested in doing something for the GSPCA, and loved using an APP in order to do it."

Winner Maisie Belford from Year 6 said "I enjoyed the whole process from the start, as I have always been involved with computers."

"I thought my chances of winning were very slim, I didn’t imagine my advert would win."

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "A huge thank you to Simone for running this amazing competition and of course to all of the entries and teachers for putting together what were all superb adverts many of which we may use in the future but without doubt we can all say Maisie did an amazing job and congratulations to her winning and supplying the GSPCA with a great advert to promote a great way for those wanting to support our work."

"The advert goes live online with Maisie pressing the buttons to launch this very blog which will contain the winning video which you will soon see on other pages of our website and social media."

"For those wanting to become an Angel Pen Pal sponsor please do get in touch or download a form online and help us ensure the animals in need in Guernsey are cared for."

"From Bonnie the recent rescued seal pup to Monkey a cat with diabetes there are many needing your support and we would love to hear from you if you would like to help."

To become an Angel Pen Pal sponsor and support the many animals in our care please download an Angel Pen Pal Sponsor form by clicking here.

And here is the winners advert which Maisie herself has embedded onto our website and published online -

Watch out for Maisie's advert on our other pages very soon..............

To donate to Bonnie the grey seal pup please call 01481 257261, pop along to the Animal Shelter in St Andrews, by post or by clicking the link below.

8 days on and Bonnie the seal pup is doing better than we coul...

8 days on and Bonnie the seal pup is doing better than we could have hoped

Posted by GSPCA on Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Some facts about Grey Seals -

The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus, meaning "hooked-nosed sea pig") is found on both shores of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is a large seal of the family Phocidae or "true seals". It is the only species classified in the genus Halichoerus. Its name is spelled gray seal in the US; it is also known as Atlantic grey seal and the horsehead seal

Grey seal adults may be up to 2.5 metres in length and weigh up to 250kg, with males tending to be larger than females.

Previous seal pups rescued Jethou Bumblebee was 17kg on entry and Hanois 20kg, Eden 18kg and Trinity 15kg which was less than half the 40kg they should have been for their age with Bonnie only 14kg.

Male grey seals reach sexual maturity at 6 years, Females at 3 to 5 years and the latter give birth to their pups in the Autumn and early Winter.

Typically the first British pups are born off the Scillies and Cornwall in August and September and the time of pupping is progressively later as you move clockwise around the British Isles, the latest pups being born off the east coast of Scotland in late December.

All seal pups rescued locally were born early November to late December.

At, birth, grey seal pups weigh about 13 kg. and are covered in long, creamy white hair. A bond is formed between mother and pup at birth, and a mother can recognise her pup from its call and smell. For the first 3 weeks of their lives, pups rarely swim, suckling from their mothers 5 to 6 times a day, for up to 10 minutes at a time. The mothers milk is rich in fat and the pups rapidly put on weight.

The seal pups rescued have all been around two to three weeks when they were brought into the GSPCA.

The mother tends to remain just offshore between suckling bouts and rarely feeds, losing up to a quarter of her body weight before her pup is weaned.

Grey seal pups are weaned after losing their baby coat at 3 to 4 weeks of age. At this point, they weigh 40 to 50 kg; three times their birth weight.

The pups live off these fat reserves whilst learning to feed, which may take several weeks.

The adult females which are called cows become fertile soon after weaning their pups, mating with the adult males which are called bulls, who hold territories during the breeding season and may mate with over half a dozen cows.

Mating can take place on land or in water and pregnancy last for 11.5 months, there being a period of 3.5 months when the fertilised embryo does not attached to the wall of the uterus and its development is arrested ("delayed implantation"). As a result, pups are born at the same time each year. Grey seals moult annually in the spring, 3 to 5 months, after the end of the breeding season. In the wild, males may live for about 25 years, females for about 35 years.

We will of course keep you up to date with Bonnie's progress and keep your eyes open for pictures and videos.

If anyone see's a pup with or without a mum we really do appreciate a call so that we are aware of its location and condition but here is some advice.

A healthy pup looks like a big, stuffed maggot without a neck. However, a thin pup looks sleek (but not bony) and has a visible neck, like a healthy dog.

PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH THE SEAL. They can give a nasty bite, which will become infected by bacteria that live in a seal’s mouths.

Note: Do not allow dogs or other animals to harass a seal.

If a Seal is scared back into the water, it could then be washed out to sea by strong currents and be lost. You should not put a seal pup back in the sea as it may get into difficulty.

If a Seal pup is sick, thin or injured then we would ask you to contact the GSPCA immediately on 01481 257261 day or night

When reporting an injured, sick or abandoned seal to the GSPCA, please make sure you are able to supply the following information:

  • Exact location; nearest town / village
  • Position on the beach, and state of the tide
  • How long you have observed the pup; any disturbance / risk to it; whether the mother has been seen
  • Any wounds / obvious signs of illness
  • Length/colour/condition.

Caution:- Handling of any animal either domestic, wild, dead or alive may be potentially hazardous. Obvious dangers include bites, scratches and general hygiene issues. Common sense should be applied in all instances and, if unsure, seek additional advice or assistance. Personal hygiene should be taken into consideration after handling any animal, whether it’s domestic, wild, dead or alive.

To see some of the previous stories follow the links below

Seal Rescue to Save Jethou Bumblebee 25th November 2012

Hanois the grey seal pup rescued on Saturday by GSPCA staff 7th January 2013

Jethou Bumblebee & Hanois the rescued grey seal pups back in the wild 18th April 2013

The Rescue of Trinity the Seal Pup 9th January 2014

Extremely sick and weak Grey Seal Pup rescued at Corbier now at the GSPCA

Posted by GSPCA on Monday, 18 January 2016

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