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Students get creative with photos of their new schools

Published on 08 June 2015

LEICESTER school students have been getting creative for a photo competition highlighting what they like best about their schools.

The MySchool photo competition attracted more than 160 entries – and the winners were revealed at an awards ceremony at the Phoenix digital media centre last Friday (5).

Students – and teachers – were asked to capture creative images of their schools, such as a favourite part of the building, an activity or a close-up shot of an architectural feature.

The competition helped to highlight the transformation made to schools by the city council’s £350million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, which has seen city council secondary schools across the city either partially or completely rebuilt.

Assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, Cllr Sarah Russell, said: “The Building Schools for the Future scheme has transformed our schools and we know how much young people and staff appreciate their new facilities. 

“The whole point of Building Schools for the Future is to provide the best possible learning facilities for generations of young people to come. This competition is a great example of how these new facilities have inspired students to be creative and engage with their new school environments. It’s really interesting to see what students singled out for recognition in their photographs.”

A panel of judges made up of Alexandra Jackson from the Phoenix; Stuart Hickling, an ICT and art teacher at Leicester Partnership School; and Mike Preston, arts lead at BSF, whittled down the entries to a shortlist of around 40. These entries were displayed on one of the Phoenix’s cinema screens at the awards ceremony.

First prize winner was Dikshita Meggi, from Rushey Mead secondary school, for her close-up of paints in a sink in an art classroom. Dezhane Constanti, from Sir Jonathan North Community College, was runner-up with her photograph of her cousin at the school.

Also runners-up were Mellor Primary School’s photography club, who submitted a stop-motion video of photographs taking viewers on a tour of their school. Mellor was rebuilt as part of the city council’s primary capital scheme.

Prizes included a DSLR camera, two iPads, and tickets for runners-up and nine of their friends to see a film at Phoenix.

Dezhane said: “I’m really pleased to win an iPad, and really didn’t expect it. The photograph that I took is of my cousin looking at artwork done by our classmates.”

Bhavesh Chouhan, who runs the Mellor Primary School photo club, said: “This iPad will go a long way towards helping the club develop even more techniques in the future, and be even more innovative”.

There were also two prizes for teachers, consisting of ‘film and dine’ tickets to Phoenix – one for the teacher that sent in the most entries on behalf of students, and one for the teacher that took the best picture. These awards went to Angela Thornber of Sir Jonathan North for best picture, and Rebecca Dulieu of Coleman Primary for most entries.

Prizes were donated by sponsors Capita – which provides new ICT facilities for city schools as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme – and the Phoenix.