Ellie’s divine art

St Bede's, Peterlee pupil Ellie Standard, 12, and her winning illuminated scripture, which had been inspired by the visit of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
St Bede's, Peterlee pupil Ellie Standard, 12, and her winning illuminated scripture, which had been inspired by the visit of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
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A STUDENT has been rewarded for her artistic skills after her design was picked from more than 1,000 entries in a regional competition.

Ellie Stannard, a pupil at St Bede’s RC Comprehensive School, in Westway, Peterlee, was overjoyed when she won an art competition run by Newcastle University.

The Year 8 student won the university’s annual European Day of Languages Illuminated Manuscript Competition.

The 12-year-old was one of four St Bede’s students who entered work into the event, organised by the university’s Network for Languages, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.

The work was judged by Rene Koglbauer from the university and her eye-catching design, went on to win the Key Stage 3 category.

The brief asked for pupils from across the region to produce an illuminated design, in the style of the Lindisfarne Gospels which was to include text in a language other than English.

Ellie was presented with a £50 voucher by Mr Koglbauer and school headteacher Paul McKenna during an assembly at the school yesterday.

Geoff Wilson, the school’s assistant headteacher, said: “It is worth knowing that the winning entry was out of a field of over 1,000 entries.

“Mr McKenna was amazed at Ellie’s success given such a large number of pieces entered. He praised her work and that of Scott Pearson, our head of visual arts, for such an excellent all-round effort.

“He also challenged the rest of Ellie’s year group in the assembly to make the most of their given talents to achieve their own personal success.

“Mr Koglbauer also praised Ellie, saying that the judging panel was blown away by the whole piece and the way it had embraced the competition criteria. A fabulous and well-deserved victory.

“Ellie says she enjoyed the challenge and was pleased to have won.”

Ellie also produced other outstanding pieces in her portfolio.