September 17, 2017
Mei-Lin Porter, Sheldon School
Shaldon teacher Janet Gordge writes:
“The coveted Helen Foundation award this year goes to Mei-Lin Porter for her immense musical and artistic talents. It never fails to bring great joy if you ever get the opportunity to hear Mei-Lin tinkle on the piano keys, bringing music to life with every single note. Who will ever forget her playing Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer to our visitors from the village?
She is a talent to look out for in the future, whether writing, drawing or creating music. Make a note of the name – Mei-Lin Porter – because this talented, creative girl is going places. Thank you to The Helen Foundation for making this early step such a significant one.”
Sophie Cherry, Doddiscombsleigh
Doddi teacher Tizzy McManus writes:
“Sophie gained THFA for her imaginative story-telling and fantastic acting in school productions. She has a fantastic imagination and a great ability to tell a story and depict character through her acting.”
Lexi Bryant – Our Lady & St Patrick’s
The school writes:
“Lexi was involved in a number of arts-based endeavours both in and out of school this year. She appeared in the choir in the touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat with the London cast at Torquay Princess Theatre.
All of her class went to support her in this and she was fantastic. She also sang and acted in our school production of ‘Hoodwinked’ – a musical version of Robin Hood and continued to make good progress in her piano and cornet lessons in school, achieving her silver award for the cornet this year.
Her imagination and creativity shone through in art and DT lessons and she particularly enjoyed creating some ‘Sixties’ designs as part of our class topic related to this era.
We wish Lexi well in her future artistic pursuits.”
Connor Hare- Trinity School, Seniors
Director of Learning Rachael Arkell writes:
Connor received the Helen Foundation award for stepping in at the last moment in our school production of Oliver where he picked up the part of Mr Brownlow, which he performed faultlessly, with only 24 hours to go before the opening night.
He has not only proven to be a talented actor and performing artist but he has also acquired the position of Chief Petty Officer 1st Sea Lord Cadet where he is one of only three CCF Cadets in the country as part of his CCF involvement here at Trinity School.
Keira Down – Trinity School, Juniors
“This year, Keira receives the THFA for outstanding contriubtions to music and drama at the school . She took on the challenge of becoming Snow White on stage for the end of year performance which included a solo part in song.
Keira was all the more appreciative of the award after hearing the story about Helen, She has been so proud of her award and has shown it to anyone and everyone who has stood still long enough for her to tell them the story of Helen, and the reason why this award is given, she has also taken great delight in telling us all that she can call on the Helen Foundation to come to see her on stage in the future!”