A group of 10th grade students from the Royal Harbor Academy won a short story writing competition and their fantastic efforts were rewarded with a trip to Waterstones to receive their prizes.
The students, Ahmad, Lilly, Sullivan, Darcy, Seth, Samantha and Vaclav, took advantage of a tour of the bookstore and time to select a well-deserved novel of their choice. Ahmed said: “The trip was totally worth it. I have already started to read my book and it is very exciting so far.
Samantha added, “I loved having help choosing a book and I’m already taking advantage of my prize.” Trip coordinator Jenny Luxmoore said: “At Royal Harbor we love to celebrate success and it was nice to be able to reward these excellent writers in this way. “
There were also many artistic achievements to celebrate at the Royal Harbor Academy this term.
In September, student artwork was selected and printed on banners to be displayed around the harbor for Royal Harbor’s 200th anniversary weekend. The winning students will receive book tokens, backpacks and see the banners permanently displayed at the school at a later date.
The anniversary of the port also led the students of the Royal Harbor Academy to participate in the “Harboring Life” project facilitated by Project Motorhouse: their photographs are also exhibited in the port. Project Motorhouse will work again with a group of students in after-school workshops starting in the next term.
Art and photography teacher Ms Green said: “The students didn’t just submit their work to the banner competition. They worked as a team to design a range of souvenir products as part of a targeted project to mark Royal Harbor’s 200th anniversary. The works of art created have taken many forms, from photography, paintings and origami to digital media. “
This month, Grade 9 students participated in an online virtual workshop on drawing and painting techniques with the University of the Creative Arts (UCA). This workshop also allowed students to learn more about careers and courses these skills could lead to.
Further UCA workshops are planned for Grades 9-6 students next semester and they will include DSLR photography, clay modeling, and mask making. Additional workshops will be led by professional artist Nova Marshall in the next quarter. These will see grade 9 students participating in the creation of an art installation for the school.
The winners of the end of the first quarter of the annual Rotary Thanet Young Artist competition have been announced. Royal Harbor Academy students came first in the 12 and 13 year old categories with kudos for the 13 and 15/16 year old categories. They also got the first place for the entry of teachers. This is the third year in a row that a Royal Harbor Academy teacher has ranked first in this category.
There have been a number of additional student and staff submissions and all work will be on display at Margate School from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 November. There will be an awards ceremony on Saturday November 6 at noon.
Finally, a large number of students from last year’s 9th grade cohort are vying for the Silver Arts Award. Their work is currently moderate. If they are successful, it means that they will have achieved a level 2 qualification equivalent to a 4th year GCSE. The Arts Awards will continue at the Royal Harbor Academy this year with dedicated extracurricular activities.