11th June 2021 — Not one, but FOUR budding artists at The Royal Prep School met success in a recent Art competition run by The 1805 Club, as a heritage initiative. The children were invited to create a piece of artwork which depicts The Trafalgar Way. The Trafalgar Way, which runs from Falmouth in Cornwall to the Admiralty in central London, was created to commemorate a remarkable, but little known, true story. This tale of great heroism took place in 1805 a few days after the Battle of Trafalgar, Britain's greatest historic naval victory. It recounts the extraordinary journey travelled over sea and land by a Royal Naval officer, Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere, to bring home the official Dispatch (report) from the Battle.
Well done to all the children who took part and special congratulations to:
Rilly, Prep 6 - 2nd Prize, Schools Category, earned some super comments from the judges: "Good story of link with the Navy and finding a place that the Lieutenant could very well have stopped at." "I was really touched by this cross-generational story."
Cheng, Prep 6, was recognised as Highly Commended in the Age 7 - 11 years’ age group in Art; the judge said of Cheng's piece: "Incredibly vibrant image which seems to dance before my eyes."
Ayla, Prep 3, won the 2nd Prize for the Age 7 - 11 years’ age group in Art and Violet, Prep 3, received the Francis Frith Award; the judge said, "Really charming well observed image of Dartmoor ponies drinking. Nice reference to horses connects it to JRL's journey and of course he went through Dartmoor."
Being pupils at The Royal School with a long history with the Royal Navy, this achievement was a particularly lovely accolade for our whole community.