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Y6 pupil selected for Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show

Marcus in Year 6 has been selected as one of only 139 young artists to have artwork exhibited in the 2019 Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts. Marcus’ work ‘Wandsworth Roofscape” was chosen from over 6200 artworks submitted for consideration f0r the show. The Young Artists’... Summer Show will recognise artworks made by talented young artists from ages 7-19 years. The selected artworks will be exhibited at the Royal Academy or online with special prizes also awarded.

The artworks will be judged in groups based on the age of the artist by a panel of art experts including Royal Academicians, curators and RA Schools students.

The Young Artists’ Summer Show will be online from 10th June-31st December 2019, and a selection of these artworks will be on display at the RA from 13th July to 4th August 2019.

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Family Picnic on Sunday 9th June

Hampton Court House hosted a family picnic on Sunday 9th June in the school grounds. The Friends of HCH organised free ice-cream and face painting as well as some incredible rowing and Olympic Lifting demonstrations from the team at Molesey Boat Club. Families and the local community were able to view... the whole-school art exhibition which was installed in the art rooms at the front of the school. The Year 6 entrepreneurs sold various produce and snacks as a culmination of their Stride Enterprise project this term.

The afternoon was brought to a close with the annual battle of the bands competition. The nail-biting final saw bands from Year 8 and Year 5 perform for a chance to win the final which was being judged by music industry professionals infront of a gathered crowd of pupils, their familes and the wider HCH community.

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Y9 and Y10 trip to Damien Hirst’s workshop and studios

Our Y9 and Y10 students were offered an incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity to see inside the inner-workings of one the most famous living artists in the world. We were welcomed by Damien himself at his Gloucestershire studio. He also took us to his foundry to see the construction of some monumental... bronzes. The group were invited into Damien’s beautiful home for lunch and to see his personal collection of art. The icing on the cake was the chance to create spin paintings of our own on purpose-built spinning machines. A huge thank you from all of us for extending such a warm welcome and allowing us such incredible insight into the processes that are involved in creating this fantastically varied body of work.

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Y1 and Y3 Illustration Workshops

Marianne Barcilon, a famous french illustrator who has illustrated almost one hundred books for children, came to school to work with Y1 and Y3. The children took part in some fun and interactive workshops, during which the illustrator explained how to make a book, showed the pupils some drawing boards and some of her own books, and explained the importance of her role. She has also helped the children to draw emotions based on the characters in her own books.

Local Nature Photography Competition 2019

For this year’s Science Week, we asked students and staff to showcase local nature in their photographs. We received an astonishing 169 entries from 43 students and six teachers. Entrants ranged from Nursery to Year 11, and I was able to identify 63 different species present in the photographs!

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Excerpts from a short movie by students

Year 9 have been working with local Shark Conservation Charity “Bite Back” to produce a short animated film to promote understanding of why it is so important to save these incredible animals from the horrors of shark finning and other threats to their survival.

We were delighted to welcome the founder... of the charity, Graham Buckingham, in to school for our prize giving ceremony where he presented two of the students with a prize for outstanding contribution to the film. Their reward is the chance to dive with sharks at London Aquarium, an incredible experience to celebrate what has been a very rewarding collaboration.

The film is still in a rough cut but here are some excerpts.

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Y6 Terracotta Warriors

The Y6 students have excelled themselves in Art this term with this sculpture project. Taking inspiration from Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Army, which they have also been learning about in their Mandarin classes, they have produced some beautifully observed and delicately executed clay heads. Fantastic work Y6!