Hilary Term saw the re-launch of our creative competition The Leonardo, and we could not have hoped for a better response. A total of 458 pupils participated in the Challenge, as both individuals and groups - a true reflection of the inclusive nature of the competition and the idea that we all have a creative gene in us somewhere!
Da Vinci, from whom the Challenge takes its name, would arguably have been as enthralled as the judges were by the scores of entries we received. This year’s theme was Planet Earth, which revealed a high level of concern among our pupil body for the wellbeing of the environment.
There were five categories: creative writing; art, design and photography; sculpture and pottery; musical composition; and film and computing. For each of the 325 entries that made the final round, a total of 20 marks were available and were awarded for participation, effort, relevance to theme, originality, artistic merit and completeness. In addition to artistic skills, the judges sought to recognise effort wherever possible.
The overall House winner was School House, who achieved a 100% participation rate and 259 marks for their 20 entries that made it into the final judging round. In second place was Chichester, and in third Ryle.
All winners will receive book tokens and have been issued certificates virtually, which will be made physical upon our return to the College, when the winning works will also go on display. All entries achieving 15 or above will also receive a certificate of merit.
We would like to thank all pupils for taking part as well as the Leonardo Prefects and Housemasters and Housemistresses who did so much collating and rallying behind the scenes. In the gallery below, you can see a selection of the wonderful entries we received.