Protect Our Oceans

Protect Our Oceans

This year in Scotland we are celebrating the Coasts and Waters of our country. In Caithness we are lucky to have beautiful unspoilt coastlines and an abundance of lochs and rivers, but the world’s oceans are in danger! How do you think we can protect them and make our oceans a healthier, safer, and happier place?


Design a persuasive poster to encourage your friends, families, and neighbours that the oceans need to be protected. Your poster might show how amazing oceans are, what we can do to help protect them or highlight how they are being destroyed.

Useful Resources

Check out this Greenpeace education resource to discover why our oceans are so important and how they are being threatened. There are also some great tips for designing your poster!

Other Useful Websites

Circular Ocean Project
Octonauts episode on Marine Litter for younger children
How to Save Our Coastal Seas
Our Planet, Coastal Seas (Full Episode)

Entry Criteria and Key Rules

  • Entry to this competition is open to pupils in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools in Caithness, Scotland only.
  • Work must be original and created by the entrants – please do not use any templates.
  • Entries must be photographed and submitted by email by the closing date.
  • There will be one winner in each category.

Entry Categories

  • Nursery/P1
  • P2 – P4
  • P5 – P7


Win a Live Virtual Touch Pool Session with Macduff Marine Aquarium for your whole class!

If you love starfish and crabs then this is the prize for you! A Marine Master will talk you though the critters that you can find in a typical tide pool.  You will get an up-close look at the animals and will be shown how to handle them correctly when you go rock pooling. The experts on hand will also be happy to answer all your questions.

This one-on-one session will last approx. 45 minutes and include a live demonstration with virtual animal handling, description of the animals and their unique features as well as information about the intertidal habitat and the wider marine environment as a whole.

Closing Date

Wednesday 31st March 2021

How To Enter

When you have finished your poster, ask an adult to take a photograph of it and email it to

You’ll need to tell us your name, age, school, teachers name, class name, the category you are entering and tell us a little bit about your poster (50 words or less). Entries will not be accepted without these details.

Please note: The data submitted will be used for the administration of the competition. First names, surnames, ages and schools of entrants may also be shared on our website and social media – if you do not want this data to be shared online you should make this explicitly clear when you submit your entry, and we will only share your school name.

How Will Entries Be Judged?

Posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity in approach – Innovative angle on the content or creative interpretation of the theme.
  • Content – Clear, accurate and informative about subject.
  • Effective communication – presented and communicated in an engaging way.

Entries will be shortlisted by members of the Science O3 committee and a panel of judges will select a winner in each category.


Winners will be announced in April 2021 and we will get in touch with you through your school if you win.

Did You Know…

The Caithness Beach Cleans group collected over 22.5 tonnes of plastic and waste from our beautiful beaches between March 2019 and January 2021! If you’d like to help keep our beaches clean and protect our oceans you can get involved here.

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