Primary and secondary pupils showcase artistic talents by creating artworks that represent hope, happiness and community. Whole-school art challenge forms part of academy’s commitment to deliver an Education with Character.
Over the past two weeks, pupils at William Hulme’s Grammar School have been showcasing their creativity and imagination in a whole-school Art and Photography Competition, as they continue to learn from home.
For the creative challenge, pupils across the school were encouraged to create a piece of artwork or capture a photo that represents hope, happiness and community. To do this, pupils did not require any special materials, but could make use of anything they already had at home, from colouring pencils to paints to tissue paper. They were then asked to submit a photo of their creation, with two winners to be selected from the primary phase and two from the secondary phase.
As well as continuing with their home learning curriculum, over 100 pupils rose to this exciting extra-curricular challenge, creating a range of impressive art pieces. Many of the academy’s primary pupils took the opportunity to produce colourful drawings and paintings thanking NHS staff, carers and teachers for their ongoing work during the current pandemic. Meanwhile, the competition inspired a number of students in the secondary phase to capture bright and uplifting photos of nature in the local community.
From the range of entries, staff at the school had the difficult task of selecting the competition’s winners. In the primary phase, Fiyin in Year 2 and Munir in Year 3 were awarded first place for the drawing and painting they created respectively. In the secondary phase, siblings Tamia and Steven in Years 10 and 5 won the art competition, having worked together to create a colourful piece for Tamia’s Duke of Edinburgh Award. Meanwhile, Bea in Year 9 took home the top prize in the photography competition for her piece ‘Joy Happiness Community’.
These winning artists will now see their artwork displayed on the school website and will receive a special certificate signed by the academy’s Principal. Encouraging pupils to challenge themselves through enriching opportunities like this and celebrating their efforts is all part of what the academy calls the ‘William Hulme’s Way’.
Peter Mulholland, Principal of William Hulme’s Grammar School, said:
“During this challenging time, as well as ensuring our pupils continue to make good progress in their academic learning, we remain committed to providing a well-rounded Education with Character. Wherever possible, we are therefore striving to provide enrichment opportunities like this term’s art competition, where they can express themselves, develop their creativity and feel a part of our whole school community. It has been fantastic to see so many of our pupils take part in this and show what hope, happiness and community means to them. We look forward to continuing to encourage, support and inspire our pupils during the current distance learning period and beyond.”
See here for a video compilation of all the primary phase artwork: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJxwHrJsIjw&feature=emb_logo
See here for a video compilation of all the secondary phase artwork: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVSRE4YebwQ&feature=youtu.be