Four bright young minds from Packwood have been shortlisted for this year’s Shropshire Young Thinker award. This is the third year running that Packwood has had finalists in this now-annual competition, run by Morris and co with University Centre Shrewsbury. This year’s challenge was to create a striking emblem to highlight the link between Shrewsbury and Darwin in 2020.
Packwood pupils Jason, Oscar, Poppy and Vivian [pictured] all rose to the challenge with some eye-catching designs. Some chose computer-aided techniques, whilst others drew cleverly on the symbolism of both Darwin and the county town: apes, Darwin’s beard, town spires and the loop in the River Severn were all popular motifs.
The children are looking forward to next week’s final, where one child from all the schools will be chosen as the lucky winner. All four pupils will have their designs displayed at the museum and art gallery, whilst the winning design will be replicated on flags, t-shirts and wall art at the university campus to coincide with Darwin’s birthday week.
Packwood Deputy Head Roy Chambers is a big fan of the annual competition: “every year the judging panel come up with an intriguing challenge which invites pupils to think across subject boundaries and work both creatively and independently. From a club session run one winter evening here at Packwood, I was delighted at how many boarding and day children rose to the challenge, including a number of junior pupils.”