Charlie And Lizzy With Their Winning Carriage Model, And Artist Anthony James, At Isle Of Wight Steam Railway
Lizzy and Charlie with artist Anthony James


Year 6 children from Nettlestone Primary School celebrated their recent success as winners of a Platinum Jubilee art and design challenge with a visit to the IW Steam Railway on Monday (27th June).

The challenge, to create a train carriage ‘fit for a member of the Royal family’, was set by the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and English Heritage’s Osborne House earlier this year.

The winning team of Samuel, Charlie and Lizzy designed and created a carriage for Prince Louis, with a futuristic design, inspired by Japanese bullet trains. Included in their model was a lounge, dining area and even a sink, plisse retractable stairs. It also featured a garden where the Prince’s favourite vegetable was growing.

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The children and their accompanying adults were picked up in style, from school, by Southern Vectis’ vintage ‘Old Girl’ bus and were taken to Havenstreet Station ready for their train journey. They had a brief presentation from Heritage and Learning Manager, Sarah Girling, then a few photographs with the artist who helped them to make their design a reality, Creaturama artist Anthony James.

It was then on to Osborne House where Educational Visits Officer, Laura Bosworth, greeted the children with an indoor picnic lunch. Then, once the sun appeared, there was a short walk down to the beach for ice creams. The children received a ‘Goody Bag’ as a special treat.

In second place was Dover Park Primary. The children provided both a design and a model, which was age-appropriate, and well thought through, for example choosing Royal colours. Third place was awarded to Broadlea Primary School.

Sarah, from IW Steam Railway, said:

“The judges felt that the Year 6 pupils from Nettlestone Primary had worked very hard to consider the brief and provided supporting information about the design. We loved the futuristic concept, and the amount of detail in both the design and the make. The children clearly worked hard to complete the model.

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“It was very difficult to pick an overall winner, and we genuinely had difficulty in the decision. But we were also very impressed with the amount of effort that was afforded to the challenge.”

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway was awarded £8540 from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) – ensuring that creativity plays an important role in local community celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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