Durrington High School

Going beyond our best

Tote bag competition winners bring their designs to life

During National Careers week (5th-9th March 2018) we welcomed several businesses from industry, apprenticeship providers and FE & HE educational establishments into school to raise the aspirations of students and provide them with future careers ideas. As part of this, GB Met (Northbrook College) ran a competition for students to create a design for a tote bag. The activity drew lots of attention with students creating an overwhelming amount of fantastic designs.

Carolyn Harrison, the art and design course leader said that the quality of designs was very high with some very creative natural drawing skills displayed. The judging panel each selected their favourite designs and then as a panel they chose the 7 winning entries. Carolyn commented that the winning designs ‘stood out due to creativity and high standards of drawing skills in some cases and more simple ideas and slogan messages for others.

The winners were invited to attend the college during half term to have the opportunity to create their own tote bag using their winning design as well as having a tour of the Art & Design, Fashion & Textile department. The students had a fantastic time over the 2 hours they spent at the college. They were really pleased with their digitally printed bags and also had the chance to create another bag using stencils and open screen, mixing print colours and using other textile techniques. They also experimented with the transfer inks and press creating bondaweb fabric badges. Carolyn, who ran the day, said that ‘it gave them an insight into an advanced textile workshop and variety of techniques. They were so proud at the end of the session with what they achieved.’

The winners were Marcus Quilter, Don Fei Qiu, Kumba Kanu, Sasha Sharman, Chloe-Jane Kennedy and Jasmine Jeffery. Congratulations to them all and look out for those names in the future –perhaps you’ll be wearing them!

  • Durrington High School has made me become more confident in myself by encouraging me to just go for it! The extra-curricular activities have offered me good opportunities to work with new people and meet new friends, resulting in me feeling safe and content at school.