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Tees students show off creative talent at evening of art and music

AN arts student took the plunge and her father with her to capture the perfect image for her A Level project.

ka-art-elizabeth-scraftonElizabeth Scrafton immersed herself, quite literally, on a family holiday to Disney, Florida, asking her father to don trunks and goggles and use an underwater camera to photograph her floating.

The student at The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, then used the image in a project called Reflections, spending 100 hours to produce an artistic version in acrylic.

Her artwork formed part of an annual exhibition and open event showcasing students’ talents in art, design and technology, fashion and textiles, music and drama.

I love art and business and plan to study a business degree at Newcastle University,” the 17-year-old said.

Bethany Rhucraft, 16, also used her family in her artwork to produce a cheeky portrait collage of her mum Andrea sticking her tongue out.

Mrs Rhucraft said:

I think her work is amazing and I look great – because I have no wrinkles. Bethany is going on to study art, psychology, sociology and English literature with a view to becoming a criminal psychologist and using art as therapy. I’m very proud of her.”

Resistant materials GCSE student Chrissy Willard used upcycled materials to create a stylish coffee table in the form of a leaf.

I’m thinking about product design, engineering or sports science,”

ka-art-chrissy-willardsaid Chrissy, 16, who is a member of the Middlesbrough Football Academy and plays for the County and Nunthorpe.

Year 12 student Helen Kotch took inspiration from the ancient Egyptians for her AS Level couture. The 17-year-old hopes to study fashion design at university.

Amy Carling, 18, chose the Statue of Liberty as a cue for her dress, embroidering the iconic New York image free-hand on her A Level creation.

She said:

I’m planning to study international fashion at Manchester Met, which also includes advertising and events management. It involves taking a placement so I’m hoping to go to New York or Los Angeles.”

ka-art-amy-carling2Visitors enjoyed strolling around the exhibition and were treated to refreshments prepared and served by catering students, before watching a show of music and drama in the hall.

This included The King’s Academy Choir, the drama club, the cast of Alice in Wonderland and a host of individual performances.

Assistant vice principal Carey Brownless said:

We have some incredibly committed and talented students at The King’s Academy and we were thrilled so many visitors joined us to see them showcase their considerable and varied skills. It was a fabulous evening for everyone involved.”

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Royal Society Summer Exhibition

A unique opportunity for students from Teesside to take part in a prestigious London exhibition attended by royalty has left them inspired by the appliance of science.

duke-of-kent-antoinette-kalamboA group of sixth formers from The King’s Academy, in Coulby Newham, exhibited alongside university researchers and global technology companies at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, the only school nationally to be invited to take part.

The team were there thanks to a partnership grant awarded by the Royal Society for a joint research project between The King’s Academy and Teesside University.

With their A Level chemistry teacher Dr Brian Casson, the students have been working on a research project led by Dr Anna Reynal, from the university, to create artificial photosynthesis.

The project, called ‘storing sunlight’, was the centrepiece of their stand at the exhibition, which seven of the students and staff manned for the full week in London.

The students discussed their research with visitors and showed demonstrations of hydrogen powered model cars to members of the public and VIPs such as Sir Martyn Poliakoff, Prince Edward Duke of Kent and Chi Onwurah, shadow minister for science and MP for Newcastle Central.

More than 10,000 people visited the exhibition during the week.

Student Antoinette Kalambo said:

I didn’t realise how big a deal it actually was, but it was an absolutely incredible experience that was truly unforgettable.”

Kirsty Roberts said:

It was an amazing opportunity. We talked to people of all backgrounds about our  project, from university academics to members of the public and other school students.”

Dr Casson added:

Presenting our project at the Summer Science Exhibition was an experience beyond all of my expectations. I was so impressed by how professionally the students worked in describing the science of producing renewable fuel from water and sunlight. They showed enthusiasm and energy that made our exhibit very popular.

“Seeing my A level chemistry students representing The King’s Academy and Middlesbrough at such a prestigious national science event made me very proud.”

The Royal Society is the oldest scientific institution in continuous existence in the world whose past presidents include Sir Isaac Newton.