We were delighted to welcome Toyota to our assembly this morning to present an award to talented artist Melina Xyloyiannis, in Year 1, for her entry to this year’s Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.

Designs for cars that use the power of music as fuel and others that help emergency services speed through heavy traffic were among more than 800 entries from talented young UK artists for this year’s competition.  Once again, the ideas and execution were outstanding, with young people expressing their vision of how future mobility can help make the world a better place. The judges were impressed both by the individual creativity and the concern the entrants demonstrated for the environment and caring for others.

Gold, silver and bronze prize winners were selected in three age groups. The talented winners were presented with their prizes at a ceremony hosted at Toyota’s UK headquarters in Surrey on 22 February. Having succeeded in the national contest, they now qualify for consideration for the competition’s global final, with the chance of winning a trip to Japan.  Melina was unable to attend the prize giving ceremony, and we were thrilled that Toyota were able to present her prize in front of the whole school, and her parents, at Banstead Prep School instead.

Melina’s original artwork will be on display in the School Office at the beginning of the Summer term.  Well done Melina!