On Tuesday 7th June, St. John Fisher Catholic High School were invited to Liverpool Catholic Cathedral to see the exhibition of their work in a special display. Pupils had been busy producing photographs for the Archdiocesan Photographic competition entitled: “Spirituality in our School” – with an optional focus upon the Year of Mercy.
After all assembled schools were present Mr. Paul Greenall (Partnership Director) gave a talk explaining that the standard of the entries had been very high. Twenty-Eight schools had submitted entries and the Judges had whittled that down to six schools to be awarded prizes. Mr Greenall commented: “We placed a visitor book in the Cathedral so that people could comment on the standard of the students`work. The remarks made were extremely positive. One Headteacher, visiting from a school in the south of England, said: “If my school had submitted work of this standard I would have been extremely proud of them”. Another added: “Inspiring, profound and thought-provoking that students` sensitivity to the world they live in, their response to that world and in particular the spirituality within their school and how that is observed by the students on a daily basis”.
As Hannah was the only one of our three pupils invited to the ceremony we knew she must have been one of the winners but we had been kept in suspense as to whether she had come First/Second or Third. Hannah`s Mum and Grandma were also present and we all looked on as Mr. Greenall began announcing the winners in reverse order………
“And FIRST PLACE went to St. John Fisher, Wigan to Hannah.”
Hannah went forward to receive her prize with thunderous applause spontaneously erupting from all those watching the ceremony! She was awarded a specially embossed GOLD certificate along with Amazon vouchers. Proud Photography teacher Miss Gregory said: “I am delighted with Hannah`s success against what was really some tough competition from the other schools.” Hannah`s Mum concluded: “It was a while before Hannah had told me and her Grandma about her photograph being chosen to represent the school. She is very modest and we are delighted that she has done so well not only for herself but also for the school.”
Mrs Hensey-Reynard, teacher of RE, concluded: “It has been a really uplifting experience seeing all the students` photographs in this exhibition. I would urge anyone interested in photography and spirituality to go along to see it for themselves.”