School archive inspires alumni art competition

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School archive inspires alumni art competition

Middle Fifth pupils

The theme of the Alumni Art Competition for Middle Fifth pupils studying GCSE Art this year was to present a collection of artefacts from the school archive in a medium of their choice. The aim is for the winning design to be made into a notelet card for the Alumni Office, and for some of the other designs to be used in magazine articles and for the cover of next year’s Senior School homework diary.

On Friday 23 November, the pupils visited the school archive in the Exonian Centre and met the school’s archivist, Mr Kevin White. They were given the opportunity to see the large collection of school memorabilia on display, from uniforms, to military badges, to photographs of previous Headmasters.

The pupils undertook observational studies of some of the artefacts as part of their GCSE coursework project on the theme of ‘Collections’.

Head of Art, Mrs Alison Escott said: ‘We are very grateful to Mr White for meeting with the pupils and giving them an insight into such a wonderful resource at the school.

“The pupils were captivated by his knowledge of the school’s history and his accounts helped to underpin their submissions for the competition. This year, the standard of observational drawing was very high and the compositions were carefully considered and executed.”

We would like to congratulate the following pupils who were highly commended:

Highly Commended

Jess Billingham

Daisy Purchall

Tilly Hale

Congratulations to the following winners who were presented with gift vouchers in Senior School assembly on Monday 21 January:

Third Prize = Roxy Burrage

Second Prize = Theo Power

First prize = Harmony Evans

Well done to everyone who participated this year and we hope the school community has enjoyed looking at the entries in the flesh on the display in the Dining Hall foyer.