27th March 2018 — St Hilary’s is proud to announce that they have won this year’s Global Canvas Children’s Art Competition. The competition, run by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF), was entered by 4,500 children from 16 countries and had the theme of `Into the Wild’. St Hilary’s was initially shortlisted for the finals and awarded first place at a prize giving ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London yesterday.
Miss Jessica Brooker, Head of Art says “Girls in Year 4 and 5 have worked hard to create this art installation for the competition and so we are thrilled to be chosen as the winners. Year 4 felt strongly about the plight of the shark and were upset to learn that they are killed for their fins. They wanted to create a sculpture that captured the shape and movement of a shark. Pupils used chicken wire, mod-rock and papier-mâché. They then decorated `Hope’ using a Jackson Pollock paint technique. Year 5 have created this amazing textile hanging based on `The Great Wave’. They have sewn dyed made felt and embellished recycled textiles. Finally, our Fun Art Club made a fishing net by weaving recycled materials and plastic bags. Moved by Blue Planet II, the children wanted to get the message across that plastics should not end up in our delicate oceans. It has been an amazing team effort.”
As first place winners, St Hilary’s was awarded with a prize of £100 and they have decided to use the money to give something back to the DSWF charity by sponsoring the endangered wildlife the charity looks after.