Thursday, 23 November 2017

Students are ‘On It’ with arts promotional banners

STUDENTS at Gillotts School in Henley have seen their ideas brought to life after designing banners to go outside the

STUDENTS at Gillotts School in Henley have seen their ideas brought to life after designing banners to go outside the entrance.

The four banners depicting art, drama, dance and music were commissioned as part of the Henley Youth Festival’s “On It” scheme, which offers funding for original ideas.

“Art captains” Saskia Wilson, Hannah Snookes-Owen, Anna Peters, Steph Ridge, Dan Houghton and Myfi Mountford made a presentation about their idea to a board made up of Hedda Bird, managing director of 3C Associates in Market Place, and Graham Woodgate, chief scientist at Europe for RealD.

They were then given feedback and agreed on a plan to create the banners, including running a design competition for other pupils, which was judged by the captains, head of art Lucy Keeble and headteacher Catharine Darnton.

The winners were Louis Shankland, 15, who designed the drama banner, Hattie Foster, 14, who created the drama banner, Izzie Larter, 14, who made the music banner, and a year 10 student who designed the art banner but entered anonymously.

The original art captains had left the school by the time the banners were installed this month, so their successors, Katherine Stevens, Ella Staines and Jess Tormo, all 15, oversaw the work.

The banners were attached to the wall of the art block at the front of the school.

Tina Jacobs, from the Henley Youth Festival, said: “This is the first On It project and the end product is fantastic. If we are successful in obtaining new sponsorship, hopefully we can fund another project in 2014.”

The school introduced art captains two years ago to act as student representatives in the department. Their roles include speaking to new students and holding events to promote the arts at the school.

Next year’s festival will take place from March 7 to 16. For more information, visit www.hyf.org.uk

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