Category Archives: Art & DT

Royal Academy Young Artists Summer Exhibition

Cassian 1

Many congratulations to Cassian L, whose self-portrait has been selected for the Royal Academy of Art’s online Young Artists Summer Exhibition. There were over 33,000 entries in this very prestigious event, so this is an amazing achievement.

Cassian wrote about his portrait: “This is a mixed media self-portrait based on the RA ideas for lockdown art. During lockdown I have not only loved creating art, but also I have loved getting lost in a story. The red on my face portrays how intense and passionate I am about reading.”

The exhibition opens online on Tuesday 13th July.

Art Scholarship News


Congratulations to Cordelia H, who has been awarded an Art Scholarship to Shrewsbury School.

We are so proud of all our Art award holders this year and have showcased examples of their work in a gallery. Please click on the link below to view the gallery:

Art Scholars’ Gallery

The full list of art award holders is as follows:

Cordelia H – Art Scholarship to Shrewsbury

Jecca LT – Art Scholarship to Marlborough College

Alex E – Art Scholarship to Bedales

Zara L – Art Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Shelby H – Headmaster’s Award for Art to Dean Close

Scholarship News


Congratulations to the following, who have recently been awarded scholarships to their senior schools:

Robin B – Academic Scholarship to Rugby

Hector F – Design & Technology Scholarship to Marlborough College

Senior School Awards


Congratulations to the following, who have recently received awards to their senior schools:

Jecca L T – Art Scholarship to Marlborough College

Polly L – Headmaster’s Award (Music) to Clifton College

Shelby H – Headmaster’s Award (Art) to Dean Close

Scholarship News!


Congratulations to the following, who have all received awards to Cheltenham College:

Matilda M – Sports Scholarship & Drama Exhibition

Ellie H – Sports Exhibition

India M – Sports Exhibition

Eve M – Sports Exhibition

Zara L – Art Exhibition

Thank You Paramedics!


Nursery have once again been learning about ‘People Who Help Us’ and this time they made a beautiful card for Mrs Matthews’ son, Tom, who is a paramedic, to thank him for all the work he does, particularly since the start of the Covid pandemic.

As you can see, he was really touched by the very special card.

Science Christmas STEAM Morning

Christmas science 7

This week all the Prep School children took part in a festive STEAM morning. The purpose of the morning was to get the children involved in STEAM activities designed to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths as well as get the festive fun started! A whole variety of activities were put on for the children, led by eager and enthusiastic Christmas jumper-wearing teachers!

Year 3 were treated to two different activities: one saw the children make rockets out of cardboard, duct tape and plasticine and then launch them in the air using an air pressure launching system! Great fun was had by all. The winners were:

Overall (and 3S) – Anshul J and Matthew M
3B – Saskia B and Bea C-A
3ML – Quentin S
3SL – Harry S and Edward P

The other Year 3 activity was an Art activity, where the children created pop-out Christmas cards of snowmen and snowwomen!

Year 4 also had two different activities to do. One task was to create 3D Christmas Tree models, trying to make them as sturdy as possible but only being able to use newspaper and Sellotape! A tricky task but the children rose to the challenge and made some fantastic structures. The second activity was making pop-up bauble Christmas cards!

Some standout efforts and for great team work:

Rose B and Aurelia B
Olivia S and Martha M
Kenzie B and Liberty T
Ned G and Edward B for sheer perseverance in the face of adversity (USP – a collapsible Christmas tree!)

Year 5 were given the hard task of transporting brussels sprouts from the top of the Sports Hall to the bottom without losing any! They had to get to grips with tying some tricky knots and using pulleys in order to be successful and were fantastic at testing and adapting their methods.

Year 6 were told that they needed to create a water-based method for Father Christmas to deliver his presents. They were given all the equipment needed to make a fan-powered system and then developed their boat/floating grotto around this. Some super creativity and engineering was on show!

Year 7 had the opportunity to create a Winter Wonderland fairground. They designed and assembled their fairground rides, using electrical circuits, gears and pulleys and then decorated them brilliantly to fit in with the Winter Wonderland theme. They were judged on the safety of their ride as well as how well it worked and the design.

Winners: Maia B, Bea H, Poppy B and Harriet D
Special mention for engineering: Huckleberry G, Jack M, Charlie R and Ollie S

Year 8 were posed with a Climate Change Crisis. Father Christmas had been in touch to say that the North Pole was under water due to rising sea levels and could we help him create a floating structure for him, Mrs Claus, the elves and the reindeer. Year 8 rose to the challenge fantastically, using a variety of materials to create a stable floating structure. The winning team’s model was able to hold 1600g of mass before sinking!!

Winners: Santa Banta (Willow A, Arthur S, Harry C)

Thank you to all the staff who made it such an enjoyable, as well as educational, day!

For more photos, please go to the Gallery

Year 3 Bridge Building Challenge

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As part of their Science topic on the properties of materials, and their Maths work on 3D shapes, Year 3 were challenged to build a bridge using 10 pieces of paper and 1.5m of sellotape. They had to build the strongest bridge, that would hold the most mass. All the children worked incredibly hard, using all their scientific and mathematical knowledge, but the winners were Bella S and Quentin S, whose bridge was able to support a tremendous 3.6kg! Well done!

For more photos, please go to the Gallery.

Faringdon Arts Society Competition Winner

Grace Walduck FAS comp winner Nov 20 10

Well done to all the children who took part in the recent Faringdon Arts Society Children’s Art Competition. We are delighted that Grace W was selected as the overall winner in Key Stage 2 for her flour paste/batik parrot cushion, inspired by her studies on the rainforest. For her prize Grace was awarded a £25 voucher for art materials for herself and £50 for the school.

The following were also Highly Commended:

Willoughby R for his batik chameleon cushion
Annabel P for her African inspired stitching
Freya H for her African inspired stitching
Trinity P for her African inspired stitching
Beatrix B for her African cardboard mask
George B for his Taj Mahal collage

The theme of Faringdon Art Society’s children’s competition this year was art from different cultures. The original idea was for the children’s art work to be part of a real exhibition in Faringdon’s Corn Exchange; however, with the pandemic, this year’s exhibition is a virtual one and can be viewed at and the entries for the children’s competition can be found here: