Enjoy Harpenden More Art Competition award winners announced
PUBLISHED: 10:55 03 July 2019
The winners of the Enjoy Harpenden More Art Competition have been announced.
Earlier this year, Reception and Year 2 pupils from Sauncey Wood Primary School were asked to draw a Harpenden-themed picture and enter it into an inaugural art competition.
The pictures were then judged by members of the Enjoy Harpenden More Facebook group for a chance to win book vouchers - £50 for Year 2 entries and £10 for Reception entries.
There were hundreds of votes cast from May 1 to June 10.
At a special assembly earlier this month, Reception pupil Aria and Year 2 child Amelia-Rose were crowned the winners.
Aria drew her favourite building in Harpenden - a church. She said: "I like the church because it looks like a king's castle."
Headteacher at the school, Steve Lloyd, said they encourage creativity at Sauncey Wood: "At Sauncey Wood we believe that creative skills aren't just about good ideas, they are about having the skills to make good ideas happen."
He said this was "clearly evident" in the pupil's art produced for the newspaper.
Adding: "The ability to interpret, question and 'think outside of the box' are equally as important as the ability to take in and learn information.
"At Sauncey Wood, we understand the important role that the arts play in developing curiosity, creativity and an alternative means of engaging with academic education.
"Art and creativity also provide an important relief from the rigours of a busy school day, which has a positive knock-on effect on wellbeing and academic performance."
This competition was run as part of the Enjoy Harpenden More's ongoing mission to shine a light on the town and celebrate everything good it has to offer.
Organiser of the competition, Herts Ad reporter Franki Berry, said: "Well done to everyone who submitted an entry - they were all fantastic.
"I hope Aria and Amelia-Rose buy some amazing books with their vouchers!"
Find out more about Enjoy Harpenden More's mission at www.enjoyharpendenmore.co.uk