In the last week of the summer term, the theatre was transformed into a showcase of creativity and colour. The pupils had been working hard all year on both individual pieces of art and design technology and a number of collaborative pieces. The exhibition celebrated our pupil’s passion and courage to be creative clearly demonstrating a great amount of hard work and active learning.

It included pieces from all year groups including wonderful, framed pieces of work display in the gallery to large scale canvas boards which adorned every wall of the theatre. The children also had work on show from textiles and the workshop including a large-scale exhibition of Year 5’s survival night bags and t-shirts. The work the pupils had completed in resistant materials was of a very high standard and illustrated the wide range of experiences our children receive in lessons and extra-curricular activities. There were reimagined chairs from DT scholars, inspired by a previous trip to the Yinka Ilori exhibition at the design museum as well as Year 4’s first forays into the workshop producing wooden structures to create trebuchets and land yachts. There was a wonderful array of graffiti tags which had been created in graphics lessons by Year 8 which projected wonderfully on the large screen.

The striking central exhibit saw a seahorse, created using plastic containers and other found materials, emerging from a trawling net which had entrapped all the single use plastic used by the department over the term. This thought-provoking statement on resources in the 21st century, prompted a pledge from the art and dt department to be mindful of reducing our dependence on single use plastic. Furthermore, we were delighted to have on display the first huge step in moving towards a more sustainable future for the department: a shredding machine which will reprocess a range of plastics which can then be used in future projects in the department and beyond. This machine was kindly donated by the parents of the leavers of 2023.

The exhibition was a huge success in showcasing the creative talents and hard work of the children here at Windlesham House and thanks go to all of the staff involved in putting together such a superb spectacle.