Chinthurst's winning Leith Hill entry is heading to the Natural History Museum

Chinthurst School | 14 Feb 2019 | Featured Story
Chinthurst School in Tadworth are finalists in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) Global Canvas competition, which attracted entries from 26 countries across four continents, and will be displayed at the Natural History Museum in March.
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A clay mouse peeps out from the undergrowth

DSWF is a conservation charity based in Shalford funding key projects globally to save endangered species and fight wildlife crime. Their Global Canvas Children’s Art Competition, set up in 2004, has been encouraging young people to express their concern for the environment through art for 15 years.

The 2019 theme was ‘Habitats of the World’ and, whilst DSWF focus their work further afield, the children at Chinthurst School took the opportunity to highlight the importance of preserving the wonderful habitat at Leith Hill which is local to them.

More than 90 pupils contributed to a stunning display which represents all the wonderful flora and fauna that can be found on Leith Hill. The children also produced a video explaining why conservation of this area is so important.

Esther Lyth, Art teacher at Chinthurst and mastermind of the project says, ‘We built so many wonderful birds and animals, each with velvet feathers or shiny sparkly wire, our fox had a character all of its own! The energy and imagination of the children as they worked collaboratively was truly heart-warming. We are delighted to be one of only a small number of schools to reach the finals.’

Headteacher, Cathy Trundle says, ‘From the beginning the children embraced this project and the display they produced is truly outstanding. To reach the finals of a worldwide competition is a fantastic achievement and I am extremely proud of them all’.

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Photo: The 'Leith Hill' display
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Photo: A clay snail forms part of the display
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Photo: The children made a fox from scraps of material

About Chinthurst School

Chinthurst School is an IAPS co-educational day school in Tadworth, Surrey. The school accepts boys and girls from age 3 to 11 years.

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