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House Photography Competition Winners!

 

Well done to all those staff and pupils that took part in the competition. Miss Ackroyd has made her decisions and has decided the following winners:

Zach I-C for pupil entries.

And... Mrs Burke for staff

Runners up were Amy M (Y7, with The Teddy Bear's Picnic); Aggie R (Y5, Dragonflies); and Mrs Adey (with Swans)

Some of the wonderful entries for the National Portrait Gallery Competition

A competition from The National Portrait Gallery and The Duchess of Cambridge!

 

People are doing some amazing things out there - especially in Droitwich and our surrounding areas.

 

The National Portrait Gallery (in London) are teaming up with none other than Kate (The Duchess of Cambridge) to bring you a photography competition based around our experiences, as a nation, of COVID 19. They are calling this exhibition 'Hold Still' and it's a one-of-a-kind (they don't often ask the whole nation to share pictures)!

 

We will be running our own house competition in school so make sure you send your entry to office@westacre.worcs.sch.uk and watch this space for all of the wonderful entries. Points will be awarded for overall winners.

 

The National Portrait gallery have issued the following guidance around the themes of the portraits:

  • Helpers and Heroes
  • Your New Normal
  • Acts of Kindness

One hundred shortlisted portraits will feature in a virtual exhibition on the Gallery’s website and a selection of images will also be shown across the UK later in the year.

The project is completely free and open to all ages and abilities. Images must involve people, and can be captured on phones or cameras. Each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise. The closing date for submissions is the 18 June 2020.

 

You can find more information about the competition from their website: https://www.npg.org.uk/hold-still/

Before you enter please make sure you check with a parent or guardian that they are happy for you to share the image.

Link to the entry form: https://www.npg.org.uk/hold-still/form

 

Enjoy the competition and stay safe Westacre!

 

 

Art at Westacre

At Westacre Middle School, we aim to provide children with opportunities to develop their creativity across a broad curriculum of skills. During the three years they spend with us, we aim to identify and celebrate strengths and further develop a broad skill set.

Why is it important to teach children art?

 

Art supports personal, social, moral, spiritual, cultural and creative development, and enables participants to engage with and explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences. These opportunities enable them to work with traditional and new media, so that they develop confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. Art provides children with regular opportunities to think imaginatively and creatively and develop confidence in other subjects and life skills and develop a life-long appreciation. In life ‘knowing how’ is just as important as ‘knowing that’.

 

 

 

What facilities can we offer pupils?

 

As a school, we have invested in technology including installing interactive whiteboards into every classroom, having a visualiser in every room and every year group having access to iPads. From time to time, teachers will also ask children to complete research tasks in the two computing facilities during lessons. This not only helps children develop the way they communicate their artistic skills but helps inspire them through looking at other artists and sharing ideas.

#creativeconnections

 

Mrs Ardis has shared with the whole school an interesting opportunity to design a 'room' in a game. This is a Severn Arts and Worcestershire County Council competition that looks wonderful! As well as sending through your competition entry, be sure to send one to the office so we can share it on the website too.

 

The email for the competition entry is as follows: m.cockcroft@severnarts.org.uk

 

 

Oliver N and Dominik L (in Y5) - excellent entries

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