During the Second World War, Westonbirt School took possession of a number of priceless works of art for safekeeping from St. John’s College, Oxford. In gratitude, St. John's set up a prize to be awarded to Sixth Formers, each year, for the most interesting and stimulating essay on a subject of their choice. Westonbirt still continues this tradition today. There is one major prize winner, who will receive a cheque for £100 and a £50 prize for an essay written by a student with English as their second language.
This year's winners are:
Overall winner: Eowyn H - a superb reflection on the way a writer approaches a completely open topic, and how art and creativity is often enhanced by having constraints imposed on the process.
Runner-up: Felicity H- a personal exploration of the fine art of talking to oneself and the inner world of the imagination.
Winner of International Students: Sarah L - a mature appraisal of the importance of ethical shopping habits.
Runner-up International Students: Audrey - a fascinating description of types of ghosts, with special reference to the spirits found in Japanese culture.
Congratulations to all of our Sixth Formers who took part in the St. John's Essay Competition this year.