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At the end of the Summer Term, Bloxham School launched an English and Art competition to local primary and prep schools. Year 4 and 5 students submitted their entries in the hope of winning a prize for themselves and their school by means of book and art supplies. The competition required students to tackle the question “What has lockdown meant to you?” in the form of Concrete Poetry.

The two judges of the competition were Bloxham School’s Mr Matthew, Director of Art, and Mr Saunders, Head of English. Together they chose one winner, two runners up and highly commended eight other entries. The winner of the competition is Jacob from Deddington Primary School with his piece ‘The New Normal’; both judges were impressed by his sense of design and ideas in this original piece. Not only will he receive £40 worth of book and art supplies for himself, he has also won a further £100 in supplies for his school.

Congratulations also go to our runners up Caleb (Deddington Primary) and Issac (Bloxham Primary). Caleb’s ‘Hands’ had strong imagery, language and sentiment. Isaac’s ‘I Hate This Lockdown’ wowed judges with his ability to explore the darker emotions of feeling bored and trapped.

Highly commended certificates were sent to Amy, Harry and Joe (Bloxham Primary), Mazey (Deddington), Isabel (Dr Radcliffe’s), Meredith, Evelyn & William (Great Tew).

Mr Matthew said “It’s amazing how lockdown boredom has unleashed such a wave of creativity and how confident, honest and expressive the pupils have been with their poems.”

About Bloxham School: Bloxham School is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18 situated in north Oxfordshire. Bloxham is home to state-of-the-art facilities for academic work, sport, technology and the arts on a modern, single-site campus with around 440 students. Bloxham’s flexible approach to boarding responds to the demands of modern family living, with all our students classified as either boarders, day boarders or day students.

Bloxham is part of the Woodard Corporation and is a member of the HMC group.

Artwork from competition entries can be found on our Flickr page here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPNrbNC

For further details, please contact Mandy Bray, Marketing and Communications Executive, m.bray@bloxhamschool.com