Spirited Arts Competition: YR 9 – What is Spirituality?
The year 9s have been studying contemporary forms of religion, including spirituality. Each class came up with their own definition of spirituality but we discovered spirituality can mean something unique to everyone.
As part of ‘No Pens Day’, Miss Brooks from the RE department and Mrs Honeyman from the science department decided to team up to deliver a session on spirituality. Mrs Honeyman is extremely passionate about spirituality and the students loved to see a non-scientist side to her. An interesting cross-curricular project demonstrated that even if you trust that science explains the how, you can search for the deeper meaning to life through spiritual practices away from traditional organised religions. My favourite quote from Mrs Honeyman’s session was that “spirituality is hard work every day. You have to find the greater power within yourself rather than in a superhuman being. It is a challenge to be your best self every day”.
One of Mrs Honeyman’s favourite spiritual practices is creating vision boards. Mrs Honeyman brought in her vision boards to show the students. This inspired many of our students to share their spiritual practices too. A very popular spiritual practice amongst our students is crystal healing. We were very grateful to view Grace H’s crystal collection and Ruby S’ too.
1st – Eden F
The amount of thought and effort put into the representation of spirituality through the image as well as the amount of detailed research to create the symbolism within it. The standard of the work is incredible. The amount of effort is visible throughout the whole piece and is well deserving of 1st place.
2nd- Hattie C
The unique presentation of this work highlights the amount of careful thoughts and ideas. It clearly conveys the meaning and intent behind the work. The explanation of your beliefs add a personal touch to the work as it demonstrates your approach to the representation of emotions, not just how it may look.
3rd- Sofia W
The research behind your work is amazing and shows your further understanding of what spirituality is and what it means to you. The presentation of your work is creative and different to other entries because it is created as something to be used by different religions instead of just a representation of spirituality.