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Marlborough House School

Weald Award for Creativity & Innovation

Under the leadership of Mr Payne-Cook, WACI has experimented creatively this year, trying a slightly different approach.  

 After the children in Year 6 were inspired by the visit of Andy the Architect in March, they were challenged to come up with an original ‘idea in a box’, the main focus of the competition being creative thinking within a clear context. 

There were seven entries from MHS involving 10 children: Lucy, Oliver and George, Tom and Monty, Verity and Hermione, Ned, Ulysses and Emilia.  The boxes were judged by the panel of Dr Gary McKay (technologist/engineer), Andy Puncher (architect), Kate Schuricht (designer), Liz Daley (former teacher) and Toby Payne-Cook (former scientist) during half-term. 

There were seven further entries from Sissinghurst Primary School and three from Marden Primary.  The judges shortlisted five entries:  Two from Sissinghurst, one from Marden and Uly and Emilia from MHS.  They will get to pitch their idea in more detail to the judging panel; the judging held in the famous parabolic arc ‘Grand Designs’ house near Staplehurst.  They will also visit a high tech arable farm to see how innovative modern agriculture has become. 

The shortlist will compete for a share of a cash prize.  Well done to all those who entered. 

With our new curriculum in Years 7 and 8, there will be more frequent opportunities for all children to develop their creative thinking.