Schoolkids excel at Starpack 2009

1 Jun 2009

"Schoolkids could teach college students a thing or two" was the overriding message from judges, who were delighted with the standard of entries to all categories in the Schools Starpack Awards 2009.

This year the schools benefited from some exciting challenges including the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) brief for a 2012 Olympic Sports Drink. Other briefs were: Logoplaste UK’s School Milk Pack; Pro Carton’s Carton Board Charity Money Box; and British Polythene Industries (BPI) Emergency Shelter & Aid Pack.

Judging criteria is quite different from the student awards with the primary focus being on originality, overall aesthetics and quality of portfolio. The commercial/manufacturing viability of an idea is still important but at this stage in a student’s development The Packaging Society concentrates on innovation.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stars are awarded to individual pupils by The Packaging Society with the sponsor awards going to the best school in each category.

Charity Money Box

The Pro Carton Sponsor Award challenged schools to produce a cartonboard collecting box with a vibrant and recognisable message. Pro Carton’s Award for Best School and The Packaging Society's Award for Best Portfolio in the brief went to Queen Elizabeth School, of Wimborne.

“The set showed a range of imaginative, creative and strong ideas, supported by good research material,” said Pro Carton’s Head of Public Affairs Jennifer Buhaenko.

Four Gold Stars were awarded. Patricia Eijkemans of New College, Swindon, won for a great pack in the shape of a UNICEF bus. Evan MacKrill and Matthew Bullock, both from The Sixth Form College Farnborough,  won Gold Stars for packs which demonstrated excellent concepts – Evan’s pack for Sports Relief featured two cartonboard feet in running shoes, while Matthew’s was produced in the form of a jigsaw with one piece missing for a Breast Cancer Appeal.  Rebecca Beech, City of Leicester College, won with her denim inspired Jeans for Genes box.

Emergency Shelter and Aid Pack

British Polythene Industries challenged schools to create Disaster Shelter Pack made from PE incorporating four essential products required for survival. Described as the “best entry by a long way” the Gold Star went to William Collins of Reigate School of Art,  for a floating shelter composed of two triangular compartments. Reigate also won BPI’s sponsor award for the best school.  

The Packaging Society's award for the Best Portfolio in the Brief went to Mayang Purwanto, Jerudong International School, of Brunei, for a clear and very well presented portfolio with a good analysis of how the materials can be used.  

Olympic sports drink

Gold and the IOM3 Sponsored Award went to Bungay High School, Suffolk. Challenged to create a drink concept for the 2012 Olympics’ in London that was both novel and would keep athletes refreshed Bungay’s entries were considered to be unique and visually stimulating.      

Judges were particularly impressed by the Gold Star winning concept from Bungay’s Andrew Johnson and Dom Harris. Shaped to make it easy to use while running the pack incorporates a computer chip to measure the drink’s temperature, the number of calories consumed and pulse rate. A rubber grip is incorporated for ease of carrying and an LED light in the cap for use when running at night.

School Milk Pack

The Logoplaste Award, two Silver Stars and three highly commended provided more winners for Bungay High School for a range of easy to use milk drinks and lunchbox friendly designs.

Matthew Maisey and Abdul Makodiya from the City of Leicester College each won a Gold Star for “well thought out appealing ideas” manufactured in the shape of a space shuttle. City of Leicester College’s Abdul Makodiya also took a Gold Star for a “clear concept” labelled to represent the skin of a Friesian cow.

Further information

•    Starpack is co-ordinated by The Packaging Society (a Division of the Institute of Materials Minerals & Mining) and IOM Communications Ltd.

•    A full list of winners will be available shortly at

•    300dpi jpegs of winners available on request

The Packaging Society
Rachel Brooks,
Awards and Starpack Manager
T: +44 (0)1476 513885