During the last lockdown, all the Year 8 students were entered into a competition called ‘Innovate’ by the V&A museum. There was a theme of ‘Home’ and the students were tasked with how the making of our homes can be improved in the future, for instance, how to be more inclusive or environmentally friendly. This was a national competition and out of all the schools that entered, two of our students, Amelia Watson and Sophie Johnson, were chosen to take part in the final. (Only ten finalists were picked, so this was already a massive achievement.) The girls had to take part in an online Zoom ‘pitching day’ in order to present their final designs to the judges, one of which was the BBC presenter and Paralympian Ade Adepitan. The girls were commended for their innovative designs and although they did not win the final, they still came away with finalists’ trophies (which are made from recycled marine plastic).
Mrs Gornall was also awarded the V&A Innovative ‘Teacher of the Year’ which was a huge surprise to her! Well done again to the girls for their designs but also to the rest of the year 8 students. The judges were very impressed by how many original designs were entered by Penwortham Girls’ students.