8th October 2019 — In celebration of World Space Week, on Saturday 5th October, The Institute of Physics and University of Surrey took over Guildford High Street. They hosted a range of interactive space-themed stalls, orchestral performances, stargazing and story-telling.
Included in the celebration was a school art competition following the theme of: “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars”. Many children from local schools and colleges submitted artwork, with the hope of winning a prize.
At Greenfield School, a co-education prep school in Woking, 29 children aged between 4 and 11 submitted art entries. These were thought up and created individually by the children in their own time. Their entries, as KS1 and KS2 pupils, had to follow the theme of "mixed media" (artwork using more than one medium or material).
The range of artwork submitted included the use of melted wax, salt dough, acrylic, collage and sculpture. Many of the children from Greenfield School who had entered artwork attended the exhibition on Saturday and were delighted to find their creations displayed.
Greenfield Year 2 pupil Freya Watson-Hill was awarded first prize for the KS1 and KS2 category. Her entry was a 3D model of space, complete with papier-mâché moon, stars which lit up, a rocket taking off and the sun and earth dangling in space.
As well as Freya’s success, the judging panel was very impressed with the volume of Greenfield entries they had received, and Greenfield was awarded a number of books for the school.
Head of Art at Greenfield School, Kymme Goodwill, was absolutely delighted with the pupil entries. She says: “The children have put in a lot of effort to produce some beautiful pieces. Their hard work has been recognised and they should be very proud of themselves and how they have represented the school.”
Parents and teachers are over the moon for the Greenfield children and are already looking forward to next year’s competition – watch this space!