Sunny outlook for pupils in weather pic competition

May 31 2016

Five year-old Maximus McMurray, a Year 1 pupil at Old Sodbury Church of England Primary School, and Jai Huntly, a Reception pupil from Iron Acton Church of England Primary School, have stormed through the South West regional heat of a national art competition to win top prizes for their schools.

Maximus Murray

Five year-old Maximus McMurray, a Year 1 pupil at Old Sodbury Church of England Primary School, and Jai Huntly, a Reception pupil from Iron Acton Church of England Primary School, have stormed through the South West regional heat of a national art competition to win top prizes for their schools.
The children and their classmates were invited to enter the ‘Whatever the Weather’ competition, run by Yate based company JDP, as part of its schools engagement programme. Every year over 1,000 pupils take part.
They were tasked with creating a weather scene for any season.  JDP is featuring the twelve most eye-catching designs from across the country in its customer calendar being produced later this year.  
Jenny Wass, JDP’s Customer Experience Manager, said: “We really wanted the children to use what they see out of the window, as well as their imagination, to get as creative as possible, and the range of entries we’ve had certainly shows that.  The judges thought though that Maximus and Jai’s designs stood out and their high quality will look great in this year’s calendar.”
Maximus’ autumnal weather collage was selected as the winner of the South West heat of the competition and he receives £500 towards an environmental project within school.  Jai’s glittery design was third and he was rewarded with a £100 prize for his school.  
All three children were also presented with a £20 high street gift voucher.
Maximus’ teacher at Old Sodbury Primary School, Sarah Hancock, said: “JDP’s competition has been a great, fun way of reinforcing the curriculum’s ‘World around us’ topic, which weather plays a big part of.  We use literacy, music, science and ICT to do this but art is a big focus to bring the topic to life and helps the children add in their own daily experiences.”