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Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 20.04.2013 (Article Archived on 18.05.2013)

Keegan Yon has won the competition among students of Prince Andrew School to design a Home for the Future.



Keegan Yon has won the competition among students of Prince Andrew School to design a Home for the Future.


‘We had an excellent response from the pupils’ commented Headteacher Vanessa Tissington. ‘There were over 30 entries from students aged from ten to seventeen and the standard was really high. The entries varied from single sheets to several pages of work and computerised drawings.’


‘We decided to award the top prize to the entry that showed the greatest effort and imagination’ says Government Architect James Stuart. ‘Keegan’s design showed that he had thought a great deal about how houses work and what they should contain. I particularly liked the way in which Keegan gave us a set of drawings that included plans and elevations, plus a three dimensional drawing which he made in pencil. To design means to draw, and Keegan engaged in a process through which he learned about the building he was designing. His drawing demonstrated a good depth of understanding about space planning and detail. He is a worthy winner and somebody I feel who has an innate ability that should be encouraged and developed. ‘I would like to add that I was very impressed with many of the other entrants which were full of the freedom and curiosity that is truly the hallmark of great design.


We had a fishpond in the front room, a sweet shop in the kitchen, and wonderful wit and perception. It gave me a lot of food for thought and not a few things I will take into my own work.’ ‘Any one of ten of the shortlisted entries deserved a prize and we feel sure that there is an architect of the future among our students’ said Kirstie Joshua of ESH, which sponsored the prizes. ‘Keegan’s attention to detail, especially taking into account drawing by hand and the design for someone of his age was amazing. The first prize was well deserved.’


Second place went to Chloe Midwinter and Renne Dutoit for their shared entry and third place was won by Kristen Fowler. James has invited Keegan to spend a day with the team in the drawing office and ESH will be doing its best to create opportunities for everyone who wants to work in the building industry.


The shortlisted entries will be exhibited at PAS until the end of April, alongside the shortlist for the international competition for architects to design a new home for St Helena. Keegan and Art Teacher Sharon Clingham have now been invited to join the international jury for that competition, with the jury now made up entirely of local residents of all ages. The results of the international competition will be announced in May.


Sodexo Defence Falklands sponsored and took part in the inaugural Falklands Caterer event on 6th April 2013.The main reason is to improve military skills within the Catering Squadron, but also to raise monies for the South Atlantic medal association and the Royal British Legion. Falklands Caterer is a three stage competition between the three services and a civilian element. The competition started with a 10 km run around the station with packs. The second phase was four different command tasks and the final round was a catering competition using field catering equipment.


The civilian team consisted of two Sodexo chefs, Mr Christopher Thompson, Mr Merrill Leo, a member of Interserve defence Mr Jerome Thompson and the female element Ms Georgia Arnold ,the pictures shows the civilian team during the physical element and receiving the trophy’s. Unfortunately the team came last in the run element but won the command tasks and came second in the Catering by only one point.


Once the overall scores were counted the Civilian team came second to the RAF, this is a tremendous result bearing in mind the complete lack of experience in these types of events. The whole event was followed by a disco and curry.


The new Commander British Forces, Air Commodore Russell le Forte, presented the medals and awards, then went on to thank Sodexo for their support in putting such a fantastic event together. The event organiser Captain Ali Hughes Royal Logistic Corps, then went onto announce that over three thousand pounds had been raised for the nominated charities.




17 April 2013


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