Throughout this academic year, St Chad's have been working in partnership with Mexichem. They recruited a Spanish teacher to work 3 days at Mexichem delivering 1:1 lessons to senior employees and 2 days at the school to teach pupils and deliver a Mexican culture programme.
The successful candidate was Mr Riding, who took on the challenge of putting together an art competition based on Mexican culture as part of his school programme brief. The concept, suggested by Dave Smith, Business Director, Mexichem UK Ltd, was to allow students to design artwork based on their own research on Mexico.
The competition allows Mexichem to portray A1 canvas frames in its conference rooms and offices so that when employees from Mexico visit Runcorn or are involved in teleconferences, they are able to see the work that is on display. Neil was overwhelmed by the response, number of entries and outstanding work produced by year 7 to year 11 pupils. The competition was open to the whole school where a wide variety of designs where submitted.
Mr Riding worked alongside Mr Waller, Head of Art, and Mrs Wilde, Art teacher, on the competition with Dave Smith and Kathie Hessey, PA to Dave Smith from Mexichem.
Mr Waller suggested the idea of students using a postcards was a perfect way of communicating their understanding and sharing different cultures. The opportunity also provided an occasion to demonstrate their skills, techniques, initiative, and use of a wide amount of media. The whole enterprise opens other windows for St Chad’s to forge further links with Mexichem and other countries through art.
The competition judged on a top 10 basis, then further reviewed to the best six entries. The winners have been notified of their success and will receive a prize from Mexichem at their offices in Runcorn.
1st: A. Snell
2nd: H. White
3rd: I. Millett
4th: G. Rotherham
5th: L. Piercy
6th: R. Shearer
Congratulations to our winners, and well done to all who took part.