Russell High design team top in the province

2010-08-13 00:00

PUPILS of Russell High School have won the provincial section of the Woolworths “Battle of the Schools” National Design Competition in the team category, and have placed third in South Africa.

Their awards were presented at the school yesterday by Woolworths relationship manager Jackie Hardien. She said this is the first year the retail group has introduced a team category as this is more reflective of the design experience in a working environment.

“This year we saw an increase in quality in the ideas and thoughts coming through,” said Hardien.

The winning team were Nokwanda Ndlovu, Candice Kidson, Marumo Mehlape, Zinzi Dladla and Nondumiso Ndawonde, all in grade 10.

Makhosi Mnikathi, a grade 12 pupil, was given a special mention award for her support for the team.

Nokwanda said the team was excited about the win. “We became like a family. We found so much friendship and support — the staff helped and the students — and we learnt so much.”

Hardien and the pupils praised the role of Russell High’s art teacher, Alana Leigh, in inspiring and encouraging the design team.

The pupils were required to design a campaign for an imaginary mascot for Russell High.

Inspired by reading David Malapo’s book Lessons from Eagles, they chose an eagle as an empowering mascot and named it “Thembelihle”, meaning “good faith”.

Over a term the team sculpted an eagle and made a free-standing chandelier lamp, a Russell High eagle makarapa, a banner with the school mascot logo and tag­line “Fly like an eagle”, and an artwork design depicting flying eagles crafted from hundreds of sequins and beads.

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