Student challenge sees spectacular results

Design winners with the Rev John Challis, Martin Leigh Pollit and Chris Gibbs
Design winners with the Rev John Challis, Martin Leigh Pollit and Chris Gibbs

Students showed how to light the way at Steyning Grammar School after they took up an end-of-term challenge to design candleholders.

On the last day of term, Year 10 Resistant Materials students at the school impressed judges with the candle holders they designed for a challenge set by The Reverend John Challis of St Nicholas’ and St Peter’s Churches in Bramber and Upper Beeding.

Earlier this year, Rev Challis approached Steyning Grammar School with a design challenge.

Year 10 Resistant Material students were asked to design a candle holder that could be used in either of his churches.

Students came up with designs and went on to manufacture prototypes using various woods, metals and plastics.

The awards presentation took place at the school and designs were judged by the Reverend Challis and fabric manager Martin Leigh Pollit.

Girls took a clean sweep of the main awards wth first prize going to Ella Richards, with Phoebe Menear in second place and third going to Emma Westall. Runner-up was Joe Cragg.

Trophies and iTunes vouchers of £50, £25, £15 and £10 were awarded respectively. The winners have been invited to the Christmas service ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ in St Nicholas Church at 6pm on Sunday December 23 this year, where their designs will be used.

All work produced is also soon to be exhibited at the Art Show in St Nicholas Church during the August Bank Holiday weekend (August 25 to 27).

Said Chris Gibbs Head of Faculty for Technology: “All the designs were spectacular and students deserve a merit for the quality of their projects. I am very proud of them.”

This is the first year the design challenge has run but it is planned to continue in coming years.