The theme for the Derby Grammar Junior School House Art Competition this year was The Future, and we were overwhelmed by incredible pieces of artwork for the competition which was judged this week. Congratulations to Atkinson who were the overall winners.

All Junior School boys belong to one of four Houses, and the pupils particularly look forward to the art competition to let them display their creative skills. It is part of the annual series of House competitions.

Mrs Sly, Head of Junior School, sets the brief and the competition is judged by Head of Creative Arts at Derby Grammar School, Ms Sellors.

This year’s winner for Years 5 and 6 was Tom Miln. Tom is no stranger to winning, having won the previous two years as well, but that certainly doesn’t mean he takes winning for granted. He said: “I couldn’t wait for the art competition to start, but I was really shocked to win again.

Last year’s theme was global warming and I created a video for this based on the ice caps melting and rising sea levels. This year, with the theme being The Future I also based my entry on global warming to raise awareness that some of the world’s key cities are in danger of flooding. For my entry you look through the eye pieces to see the London skyline and water lapping against this.”

Ted Prime was the winner of the Years 3 and 4 competition, and Ted also won last year. His entry showed Derby as a floating island in space. He said: “I was inspired to do this by a computer game called Fortnite. I liked the idea of a floating island.

I was very surprised to win. I didn’t think I’d get a commended, never mind win! Everyone’s entries look great.”

Ms Sellors said: “There were many different art media used, from drawing and painting, through to making. None of these is better than another, but what is important is the that the message gets across to the viewer. Based on the theme The Future, all entries were very imaginative in how they were created, clever and thoughtful in the ideas showing that our Junior School pupils really care about what the future might look like and how we can help to look after it. One entry in particular stood out because the pupil saw himself as winning gold in the Olympics. How exciting would that be? Maybe we should get his autograph now!”

Mrs Sly added: “Yet again I am stunned by the amount of preparation and effort our boys put in to their artwork and how they are inspired to create their entries. Ms Sellors has certainly had her work cut out judging. My congratulations go to every pupil who has entered, but particularly to our winners.

The House competitions range across all sorts of areas, from cross country to performance, from art to swimming. They give everyone a chance to shine and the boys love the competition.”

Other placings in the Junior School House Art competition are:

Years 3 and 4

  1. Ted (Atkinson)
  2. Srujan (Atkinson)
  3. Ben (Atkinson) and Oliver (Blackton)

Highly Commended: Lukesh, James, Charlie and Bill.

Years 5 and 6

  1. Tom (Atkinson)
  2. Alex (Bemrose)
  3. Shivam (Blackton)

Highly Commended: Tharusan, Hamza, Danny, Atri, Sam, Alex, Reehan, Omer, Eisah and Anish.