A Year 10 student from Richard Rose Morton Academy, Katie, has won United Learning’s national competition with her logo design for the Group’s Spirit of Rio cultural festival.
The festival, which will launch on 15th June, is running in conjunction with the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It will be a schools-led celebration of the Games’ values and the cultural richness of Brazil and South America more widely. Over four weeks, United Learning schools will be holding events and taking part in group-wide activities, bringing together children and young people from a range of contexts across the country.
Katie’s winning design features a javelin thrower launching a paintbrush to show the harmony between sport and art and how this will be represented in the Spirit of Rio events. Using the colours of the Brazilian flag, the design also features United Learning’s ‘best in everyone’ motto, reflecting the way in which schools across the Group will come together to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Schools from across the Group were invited to enter the competition. The winning logo will be used to promote the festival across United Learning, featuring on all Spirit of Rio resources and on the Group’s website. Katie was awarded a £50 voucher as well as £250 for her school’s Art and Design Department.
Catherine Barker, United Learning’s Head of Music and Performing Arts, said:
“I would like to congratulate Katie on winning the competition. Her logo design perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the festival and its aim to provide an exciting programme of cross-curricular events combining sports with arts and cultural activities.
“We are all really looking forward to launching the Spirit of Rio festival in June and seeing the fantastic events schools are planning.”
On winning the competition, Katie said:
“I enjoyed the challenge of making an eye catching graphic design as I am used to working as a fine artist. I am delighted that my design has been chosen and will be seen by all the other United Learning schools. It was important to me to include the Best in Everyone ethos whilst incorporating the colours from the Rio flag into the arty javelin thrower.”