December 14, 2014
The Helen Foundation Award is a trophy presented by schools to the young person they consider to have shown “best endeavour in the arts” in their school over the past twelve months.
The glass plaque is mounted on a hardwood base that is kept in schools and as each year passes, the winner’s names are added to the trophy. The winner receives a duplicate plaque like the ones shown left and they keep these for life.(Both photos in this article are courtesy of Artizan Photography. Thank you Ian Birdsey, a great supporter of THF).
Just occasionally, something truly special happens. This is when a young person at a secondary school receives the THF Award when they also received it in their primary years! Both schools, acting independently, clearly see the talent, determination and sheer hard work of the young person worthy of the Award.
Ozzie Parker (on the right) first received the THF Award when he was at Exminster, and five years later, he received it at Dawlish Community College. At Dawlish, he was joint winner with friend Charlie Pike, also previously at Exminster School.
Director of Music Jon Waterworth, writes:
Their first performance was in Year 7, where they produced a performance of a composition on Ozzie’s mum’s saucepans. From then on, they have performed in every music concert and event possible. Ozzie is now part of Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra and both of them have gone on to study music at Exeter College.
Charlie was advised by members of the Bath Philharmonia when he was in Year 9, that he was good enough to work as a session drummer. They have both performed with me in orchestra pit bands for shows with local Amateur Dramatic Societies. Once their DBS checks have come through, they will also be running a beginners’ Jazz Group at Dawlish Community College.
Another winner notified to us recently was Joseph Gillespie when he was at Our Lady and St Patrick School. Lisa Anzani from OLSP writes:
During his time at OLSP he contributed to music within the school and our church parish, whether it be playing an instrument or singing a solo psalm during mass. He also attended the orchestra club at TCS for primary school children and performed at TCS Arts Centre. His English writing and poetry was of a very good standard and very imaginative. He was creative during Art lessons producing some lovely pieces but his main achievements came from his love of Drama especially when he played the lead role of Bugsy in a school production of Bugsy Malone performed at the Carlton Theatre, and also took part in their annual pantomime. Even though he has now left our school he is currently rehearsing for this year’s pantomime in Teignmouth which will be performed at TCS Auditorium this Christmas. We wish him all the best.