Summer sees a number of schools making the presentation of The Helen Foundation Award. This Award is presented by the school to the young person who, in the school's own view, has shown "best endeavour in the arts." This doesn't mean it necessarily goes to the one most talented in art, drama music, or dance but rather to the one who, throughout the year, has given their all to make progress in the art they love. This Award is free to schools wishing to present it. Schools retain the large wood-mounted perpetual award in school and present the young person with a small replica Award and a winner's certificate for them to keep.
This year's THF Award winners include:
DANIEL COPPER - DAWLISH COLLEGE
The Helen Foundation Award this year goes to Daniel Copper, who not only gets fully involved in the expressive arts at Dawlish College but is equally active outside of school. This student is becoming an accomplished musician and actor, showing a maturity beyond their years. In music, their composition work has shown real depth of thought, and more importantly they are always willing and able to help other people improve their own skills as well.
REALLY WELL DONE DANIEL!
HANNAH LLOYD - NEWTON ABBOT COLLEGE
Hannah Lloyd has demonstrated an eager enthusiasm for art and Performing arts and has been determined to achieve her very best at all times. She has a deep passion for artistic knowledge and understanding and her technique in both Art and Performing Arts has grown from strength to strength over the years. In Art she has made exceptional progress in all practical techniques, processes and application. Her written analysis demonstrates a deep understanding of complex artistic concepts rarely seen at GCSE. In Performing Arts she has been involved in every possible performance since year seven and has not shied away from taking every opportunity possible.
NAOMI - CHRISTOW
Naomi expresses herself through colourful artwork and neat sketches. Her drawings show excellent sense of proportion, she is careful when using different media such as charcoal and watercolour, yet she still manages to finish her pieces in good time.
VERY WELL DESERVED NAOMI!
LUXIEN AND EZME - TRINITY SCHOOL
The citations for these worthy winners state:
"Lucien loves music, art and being creative but playing music and drawing were not seen as cool so he struggled. He has really come out of his shell since moving school and the opportunities he has now seem endless. We believe he has . Even his Drum teacher can’t believe some of the things he can do, including some astounding beat-boxing!"
"Ezme clearly has a passion for performance, bringing energy and positivity for everything she does in this area. In classroom lessons, Ezme can at times be quite quiet and lack a little confidence, but on stage she comes alive and is transformed into a different person. In our Summer Show, Ezme has not only taken on two different character roles, but has also volunteered to perform a rap in one song and sing a solo for another ballad number. We are sure that Ezme will go on to flourish in performing arts for many years in the future."