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Junior Prize Giving is extra-special with a ‘Bob the Builder’ visitor


The BAFTA winning designer of Bob the Builder, author and illustrator Curtis Jobling, was the guest of honour as the Junior School celebrated a year of wonderful achievements during their Prize Giving evening.

The event started with a welcome from Governor Philip Cuddy before the orchestra treated the audience to the theme from Beethoven’s ‘Symphony No7’. Headmaster Tim Wheeler delivered his address, focusing on the highlights of the school year.

Year Six pupils Abigail Sullivan and Zahra Raja-Zahid performed R & R Sherman’s ‘Feed The Birds’ from the Year Six production of Mary Poppins, after which Curtis presented prizes to pupils who have impressed throughout the year in a range of sports, clubs and subjects.

Accolades were also given to pupils who made a ‘significant contribution to school life’ (The Alan Baxendale Cup), for being a ‘good citizen of the school’ (The Old Stopfordians’ Award) and for making an ‘outstanding contribution to school sport’ (The Richard Reeman Cup).

Bob the Builder designer Curtis, who is also responsible for the Wereworld, Haunt and Max Helsing series of books, then delivered his address where he spoke about his career and demonstrated his skills by drawing a number of his characters.

Year Six musician Patrick Zhu performed a piano solo of Tan Dun’s ‘Staccato Beans’ then the Head Girls and Boys gave speeches.

The Leavers’ Awards were presented before the Junior Choir concluded proceedings with a rendition of ‘One Small Voice’ by Don Besig.

BAFTA winner’s visit creates excitement

The Prize Giving evening was the finale of a busy few hours for Curtis after he spent the day in the Junior School inspiring budding artists and authors.

In the morning he spoke to pupils in Years Three to Six about the books and series he has created and talked about the films and books that have inspired him.

He then delivered a number of creative writing workshops where burgeoning writers were asked to create their own stories – thinking about who the hero would be, what challenges they would encounter and how the story would climax.

He also spoke to Year One and Two pupils who were delighted to learn how he drew his characters before holding a book signing.

Thanks to Bramhall’s Simply Books bookshop and café for arranging the visit.