On 8 March, Headteacher Cathy Trundle, Art Teacher, Esther Lyth and eight excited children travelled to The Natural History Museum for the finals of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Global Canvas Art Competition. Reaching the finals was a huge achievement in itself as the competition attracts entries from twenty six countries across four continents. Chinthurst’s entry, a stunning display of flora and fauna highlighting local endangered habitat, Leith Hill, was produced by ninety Chinthurst children and it was carefully reconstructed at The Natural History Museum, alongside the other finalists, to be assessed.
The judges looked carefully at all the entries and the children were absolutely delighted when it was announced that Chinthurst was to be awarded the Mandy Shepherd Personal Choice Award in recognition of the exceptional quality of their installation.
Headteacher, Cathy Trundle said ‘I am thrilled that the children’s amazing work has been recognised. We were so happy to have reached the finals so to win a prize too is a fantastic achievement. Not only does the display highlight an endangered local area, it represents the enthusiasm and teamwork of our children and I am very proud of them all.’