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    Students Shine at Media Awards

    Our School magazine, The Kimboltonian, is highly commended in the category of Best Original Illustration and Artwork

    Shine Media Awards 'Human' by Kimbolton School Pupil Si├ón BlakeLower Sixth Form students Siân Blake, Nicola Finch, Ellie Peters and Hannah Szczepanski travelled to Stationers’ Hall in the City of London yesterday to represent our 16-strong Kimboltonian magazine editorial team at the Shine School Media Awards 2016. Our school was one of 30 nominees for the national competition, which this year attracted entries from more than 200 schools across the country. The competition offers pupils an opportunity to work together to produce a school magazine, newspaper, newsletter, digital edition or website.

    The Kimboltonian was highly commended in the category of Best Original Illustration and Artwork and was also shortlisted in the category of Best Environmental Strategy. The judging panel, made up of senior journalists and influential people from the publishing world praised the layout and content of the magazine: “It features beautiful colours, striking imagery and illustrations. The clever use of artwork enhances the editorial content.” Additionally, judges remarked on Siân Blake's “exceptional image, Human," (pictured), which was used to illustrate a piece of creative writing in the Spring 2016 edition.

    The day-long awards ceremony also offered pupils the opportunity to hear keynote speaker Tori Chilcott, founder of leading media tech company Scooter, and to participate in workshops with, amongst others, the Cartoon Museum and Shepherds Bookbinding. Representatives from The National Council for the Training of Journalists and the British Printing Industry Federation were also on hand to talk to students considering a career in the content and communications industries.

    Mrs Lisa Bamford, Head of Art and Editor of The Kimboltonian, said: “I am delighted that our editorial team, made up of 16 pupils from the 3rd Form to the Upper 6th Form, were shortlisted for the national final in our first year of entering this competition. All of them have worked incredibly hard over the past few months and I am delighted their achievements have been recognised nationally.”

    The Shine Awards, developed and supported by the Stationers’ Charitable Foundation, are designed to encourage young and creative talent as well as a respect for copyright. Prizes include £1000 each for four of the top schools, plus work experience opportunities at the Times Educational Supplement, Print Week, and with Simon Heffer, senior journalist at the Telegraph. The NCTJ also offers several prizes of online training modules.

    Further information and photos from this year’s awards will be available soon on the Shine website.