Medd in the Middle
WHAT has Mr Medd and anaked man with a chicken got incommon? They are both subjectsof Antony Gormley’s livingsculpture!Since 1841 the fourth plinthin Trafalgar Square has neverhad a permanent sculpture.Instead several artists have donetemporary sculptures such asMark Quinn’s controversialsculpture;
Alison Lapper Pregnant.
A portrait of disabledartist Alison Lapper when shewas 8 months pregnant, the 3.5mhigh sculpture was carved out of asingle block of white marble.As well as Thomas Schütte’ssculpture,
Model for a Hotel 2007
has been situated on the Plinthsince November 2007. It is builtof specially engineered glass inyellow, red and blue which collectsthe light, reflecting it through theedges.But now a new sculpture has beenstarted and one of our teacherswill soon be part of it! Mr Meddwas one of the 33,900 applicantsbut unlike most of them he becamepart of the 2,400 that will begetting not just fifteen minutesof fame but a whole hour! On hisapplication Mr Medd describeshimself as competitive, creativeand moody. (You can make up yourown mind about the latter!)When this paper went to printour art teacher didn’t have anidea what to do but was thinkingof “running a competition withinschool to come up with an idea.”So far the other plinthers haveall done some outrageous, thoughtprovoking and down-right weirdduring their hour up on the plinth.Some people have used the plinthas a soap box to voice their politicalviews, others to just get naked! Thebrains behind the living sculptureproject, Antony Gormley who alsomade the Angel of the North, saidbefore the event “I would be veryupset if somebody didn’t take theirclothes off.” Luckily for him, andunfortunately for the passers by,his wish wasgranted.The artdepartment hasalso managedto integrate thefourth plinthproject into thecurriculum.Mr Medd told us “With the yearsevens we have begun a newidentity project and within thiswe have got the pupils to researchabout Gormley and also tell mewhat they’d do if they had an hourup on the plinth.” Maybe we couldsee Mr Medd using these ideaswhen he’s up there!The sculpture project started inJuly and culminates in October, thehighlights of the week have been onthe Sky Arts channel or you can geta live feed on www.oneandother.co.uk.If you are interested in watchingMr Medd become a piece of artwatch on line on October 13
between four and five pm. I hopeyou all join me and the rest of thestudents on the paper in wishingMr Medd the best of luck and thathe doesn’t make too much of a foolof himself!
THE chance to change!Recently the Speaking andListening room has had excellentopportunities to change and expand.Miss Montague, the head of healthyschools, Miss Mallinson, the school’scoordinator, Kenny Ingram, aformer pupil and myself have beenworking hard to provide moreservices for our school.Before the change, the Speakingand Listening room offered a varietyof help and advice, but that’s all itdid offer.Now with the help of the governorsand the sexual health committee, JoBamford the school nurse, can offeran even larger variety of advice, andpractical help.The newly refurbished Speakingand Listening room has now addedbereavement counselling, condomdemonstration, condom distribution,pregnancy testing and chlamydiatesting, to the original services suchas, advice on how to stop smokingor taking drugs, advice on sex, peermentoring and many more.This change means that we are nowup-to-date with many schools.Jo Bamford runs the Speaking andListening room, and is there everyTuesday lunch time. But as soon asthe new services are up and runningsmoothly, both Miss Mallinson andMiss Montague have decided that amore frequent visit would be bettersuited.Until Tuesday 22
not many peopleknew about the campaign, howeveron Tuesday a letter went out toall pupils, teachers and parents toinform them about the change andconfirming the new plans.Also, on Thursday 24
after schoola “positive choices” meeting washeld, at which if any parents haddoubts, they could go and speak toJo.So far it has been agreed that someof these new services are only goingto be available for students in year 9or above.However these decisions are notonly based on age, they are based onmaturity also. A private record willbe kept of anybody who visits theDrop-In centre.The sexual health team have puta lot of effort into this and it’s greatthat they can finally see a successfuloutcome.THE time of year has come around againwhen the Snaith School reopens its doorsafter a long summer break, and with thenew school year comes new pupils, mostof whom seem eager to start their life atsecondary school.If you’ve ever been in year seven youknow what it’s like and how strangestarting at a new school can be. A few yearsevens have kindly agreed to tell me whatthey think of the Snaith School.STEVEN Bellamy: I think that the schoolis lots bigger and much easier to get lostin than my old school but I think that theteachers are much better and I also likethe fact that you get more freedom than atprimary.PHOEBE Parrish: I like the schoolbecause you don’t have the same teacherfor the whole day and also the food ismuch better and there is loads more spacethan at primary.BRODIE Keelty: I like having more spaceand the uniform is nice I also like the factthat P.E is more sport based and thatscience is much more interactive.THOMAS Rennie: I really like how cleanthe school is and how all the teachers makeyou feel welcome and involved in things. Ialso really like the science lessons as we getto do our own experiments which we neverdid in primary.MOLLY Parr: I think that the food hereis so much better than at primary andthis place is so much bigger than I’m usedto, to be honest I can’t really think of anything I don’t like about it.After talking to these new pupils it seemsthat the Snaith School has impressedmost of them and it appears that they areall very happy to be part of the SnaithSchool community. Let’s hope they stay asenthusiastic through the rest of their timehere. It is apparent that the Snaith Schoolreally is the place to be when you’re asmall fish in a big pond.
New Faces, New Places
Time for Change
Wired into... School
New year sevens
Mr Medd training for October 13th
Mairead Rodden duringher hour long spot inTrafalgar Square as partof the One and Otherexhibition.
Rachel Wardellpictured with AntonyGormley, standing infront of the fourth plinthin Trafalgar Square incentral London as sheprepares be the firstmember of the public to