Colyton Grammar School magazine wins national award

PUBLISHED: 07:01 29 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:13 03 July 2017

The Seven Stripes production team at Colyton Grammar School

The Seven Stripes production team at Colyton Grammar School

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Seven Stripes is named best student publication in the Shine School Media Awards

Colyton Grammar School’s new student magazine - Seven Stripes - has won a top award.

It was named the best publication at the Shine School Media Awards.

Four of the school’s production team travelled to the Stationers’ Hall in London, to collect the award.

They were content editors, Ruth Came and Megan Thornberry, and design editors, Millie Drew and Jonathan Steward.

The magazine is created entirely by the students from Year 7 through to Year 12.

With only two issues published so far, winning the top award was a phenomenal achievement, gaining recognition from a judging panel which included journalists from the Telegraph, Blogosphere, and the Daily Mail, as well as representatives from the Cartoon Museum, the Copyright Licensing Agency and the TES.

For winning the coveted “Best Magazine” award, the team collected £1,000 which can be used for future printing costs, and were given an opportunity for three students to attend a day’s workshop with the Times Educational Supplement.

Officials said: “A unanimous winner of this top prize, Seven Stripes was widely complimented by our judges. With the mixture of great content and a consistent, modern art direction, this excellent entry was described by our judges as ‘a top quality school magazine’.

“In essence the Best Magazine award has to be given to a publication that manages to combine great content that every student would be interested in alongside a consistent design that causes readers to keep turning pages to find out what is next. Seven Stripes did that in spades - many congratulations.”

English teacher, Fiona Harvey, said she was proud of all the students, explaining how the creative, fun aspect of the magazine had made it stand out from the others in the competition.

Helped initially by journalist Lizzi Hosking, to whom the team are incredibly grateful, she said the students have shown great leadership, independence and, above all, a flair for written and visual communication.

She also thanked the Parents’ Association, who provided a donation which allowed the initial set-up costs to be met. It is hoped that this award will encourage more students to join the team, and keep the magazine going for many more years.

Seven Stripes also collected a ‘highly commended’ prize in the “Best Design and Layout” category, with the judges commenting: “This fun, witty and imaginative entry is the quintessential student magazine. It is breezy and would appeal to students immediately across the board meaning there’s something for everyone... This is achieved with a creative, hand-drawn style for headers and to add interest to every page that is really well-executed and consistent. A very close runner up.”

In the magazine production team are:

Year 12 Megan Thornberry, Ruth Came, Jonathan Steward, Millie Drew, Ellen Ward, Ellen Anning, Rida Memon, Divya Srinivasan

Year 11 Freya Richhold, Absana Rutherford, Jonny Cresswell, Megan Cox, Hannah Wright

Year 9 Milly Kendall, Josie Cathcart, Marie Barreto de Toit

Year 8 Lamb Chen, Gracie Siggers, Amelia Brown, Rose Clarke

Year 7 Mahima Nayak, Lyra Vincent, Isabella Tiddeman, Maya Heuer-Evans.

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