Foodfest 16 Scarecrow Competition Winner
Earlier in the summer our school was given the opportunity to design and produce a mini-scarecrow as part of Newcastle Borough Council’s first ever Foodfest 16 event. The scarecrows would be displayed around the town centre over the weekend of Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September whilst the festivities took place. The aim of the festival was to celebrate local food culture whilst highlighting the amount of food poverty and the need for food security and sustainability within the area of North Staffordshire.
Francis Barnett, a Year 8 student, thought this was a challenge she would really enjoy and worked very hard after school in the art department to create this amazing ‘pottery worker’ character. Organisers were so impressed, her scarecrow was chosen overall winner from all the participating Newcastle district schools, and she was awarded her prize on Saturday 17th.
Francis said, “The brief was to design a scarecrow to represent the local Stoke on Trent area. I had recently visited the Gladstone Pottery and learned about the kiln loaders, and this was my inspiration. I really enjoyed making the scarecrow and was thrilled to win. On Saturday I was presented with a Lazer Quest gift bag and will be receiving a canvas print photo of my scarecrow. I will of course get my scarecrow back, but I haven’t decided where it will be displayed”.