Spalding High School students grab five awards

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THE HIGH LIFE: By students of Spalding High School

Once again, Spalding High School’s art department had a superb evening at the 9th LAFTA Awards Ceremony, winning five awards of their eight nominations. With support from its patron, Jim Broadbent, who was unfortunately unable to attend the evening due to his filming commitments, the annual event took place at Lincoln University on Monday 19th October for the Hollywood-inspired celebration.

Scooping a phenomenal 5 awards of the possible 10 for secondary schools, Spalding High School triumphed in the event, with a total of 8 nominations. Ella Miners-Lewis won award for concept for her film, My Life Story, which looked at different events that shaped her life. Generations and Meat Factory, both from Spalding High School, were nominated for said award, making all three nominations from one school. Award for Best Overall Animation saw the same 
effect as all nominations were again for Spalding High School, with My Life Story by Imogen Climo winning the award for her outstanding animation skills and Meat Factory and Ephemeral 
having been nominated. Highlighting the truths of slavery in the United Kingdom, 13 Million won the Award for Best Overall Film out of a strong category of films from Bourne Academy and North Hykeham North Kesteven School.

Furthermore, Holly Stevenson won the prize of Award for Artistic Quality for her film, OCD, and Imogen Climo was awarded the Patron’s Prize, as specially chosen by Jim Broadbent from all films entered, for her animation, My Life Story.

Enjoyed by all, the LAFTAs have been a wonderful opportunity for students 
from both primary and secondary schools to showcase their works and talent and it is with great regret that the 2015 LAFTAs Film Awards Ceremony was the final of its kind after its nine successful years, making this year’s awards for Spalding High School even more touching.

Travelling with drama and English teachers, a group of around twenty Drama Gifted and Talented students from Spalding High School made their way to the Key Theatre in Peterborough to perform an abridged version of King Lear as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival on Monday 19th October.

Organised annually for secondary schools across Lincolnshire, the festival is an opportunity for pupils to prepare a 30-minute version of one of Shakespeare’s plays in front of a large audience with lighting and direction much like a professional play.

In the past, students have performed Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and Titus Andronicus.