The corridors of a classroom building at New Hall School, Chelmsford, are now adorned with beautiful representations of the Stations of the Cross, painted by students. The paintings were completed by thirteen students in Years 7-12 from start to finish through the course of the school’s most recent Open Morning.
This project is the latest in a series of artworks by students with a theological theme. In the past few years, during whole school open mornings, approximately twelve or more students from Year 7 through to the Sixth Form, split evenly by gender, have worked in the same studio workshop setting. The students concerned do not have a particular session of preparation or disclosure of theme beforehand and so the works are completed from start to finish within a few hours and often within the tricky medium of oil painting. Previous projects have included a joiner series of canvases interpreting da Vinci’s The Last Supper and a joiner canvas work of Raphael’s The School of Athens.
New Hall students have also participated in the Catholic Independent Schools Conference (CISC) Christmas Card Competition for the past 6 years, with a number of students winning prizes and a few outright wins in previous years.
Alongside a successful academic programme, New Hall School provides outstanding facilities and training for sports, music and performing arts. The boarding and day school for students aged 1-18 has a Catholic foundation and ethos, which welcomes those of all backgrounds. The strong pastoral care structure at the school supports students in their endeavours, allowing them to achieve success in a wide variety of fields.