VALE OF GLAMORGAN PUPILS WINNERS IN NATIONAL ARTS & MINDS COMPETITION

VALE OF GLAMORGAN PUPILS WINNERS IN NATIONAL ARTS & MINDS COMPETITION

Pupils from the Vale of Glamorgan have been named among the winners in the 2016 Arts & Minds competition organised by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Wales.  

Arts & Minds is an annual, UK-wide competition aimed at promoting race equality and diversity in schools. Children and young people from primary, secondary and special schools are judged in two categories – art and creative writing. 

And the school the pupils go to,Ysgol y Deri in Penarth is celebrating after winning in two separate special schools categories – artwork and creative writing.

Olivia who was in Year 11 when her entry was judged before the summer holidays won the special schools artwork category for her piece “Its All in Our Hands.”

The judges said of Olivia’s piece: “This piece is a clever concept and representation of issues of diversity, showing how hurtful words can be, and that the power is in your hands to not be hurtful. The composition is impressive, particularly the way the artwork spirals.”

And fellow pupil Tucki, also a Year 11 pupil when his entry was judged before the summer holidays won the special schools creative writing category for a piece entitled “Racisim”.

The judges said of Tucki’s piece: “The writing has great rhythm and is almost musical. The messaging is clear, concise and to the point. It hits the nail on the head for the Arts & Minds competition.”

They both picked up their prizes at the national awards ceremony in London today.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Congratulations to Olivia and Tucki, who clearly worked very hard to achieve their success.

“Every entry was highly creative and clever in its interpretation of the messaging behind the competition, so the judges had great difficulty in choosing the winners. 

“The quality of entries is a credit to the skills and abilities of the pupils and their teachers and support staff.

“The NASUWT is proud to organise the Arts & Minds competition which is an effective and enjoyable way of promoting and celebrating cultural diversity.

“The NASUWT wishes to thank every pupil and every school who participated and helped to make the competition such a huge success.”