St.Clement Danes School (Chorleywood)

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Fabulous 2018 competition entries

Each year lots of schools enter our Product in a Tin competition and some schools send in several entries. No school has, however, won so many prizes as St. Clement Danes School in Chorleywood who not only the top prize for the 2018 competition, but who also won second prize, along with several #InspiredBy and Merit prizes. Congratulations to Miss Georgiou and her students on some really fantastic entries. 

1st prize

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The first prize went to Niamh, who was a year 9 student when she designed and made her entry which was a pair of ear rings made out of polymers, metal, paper and textiles. Recycled plastics were layered and stitched using a sewing machine and then fused to a thicker layer of laser cut polymer. This was then attached to silver ear ring hooks, along with paper beads made from magazines and inspired by traditional Ugandan bead making.

Niamh's entry really stood out as being different from other competition entries, both from this year and previous years. This was because of the product itself and also because of the way materials and techniques had been combined. Niamh’s entry is an excellent example of the new Design and Technology GCSE which encourages students to combine materials and her entry showed how metal, plastic, textiles and paper could be used together in a creative way that celebrates the traditions and uniqueness of each material, whilst also showing them used in a contemporary way.

Niamh won a Husqvarna Viking H Class 100Q sewing machine for her school as well as winning £50 worth of gift vouchers for herself, along with some design resources and her own dedicated portfolio page on our website which she can use to showcase her design work in the future. 

Find out more about the machine Niamh has won for her school. 

2nd prize

Second place in the competition went to Skye who produced a baby’s stacking puzzle made out of laser cut wood and acyclic. The quality of the finished product was extremely high, with a strong visual appeal that fitted the baby and toddler target market Skye had designed for really well. Skye’s product was a good example of how simple ideas can often be the best ones when executed to a high standard. 

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Other prizes 

#InspiredBy prizes are awarded to entries that just missed out on the top prizes, but which really stood out to the judges in some way and which they felt were particularly interesting entries. #InspiredBy prizes went to:

  • Emily for her iPad holder that fits on to the back seat of a car
  • Isabella for her reusable food wrap made from food grade plastic & recycled materials 
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Merits are awarded to entries that the judges feel have a little something special about them and these were awarded to:

  • Lucy for her letter blocks spelling toy 
  • Serena for her travel Tic, Tac, Toe game
  • Ellen for her fold up raincoat 
  • Daisy for her baby mobile 


We’d like to thank Miss Georgiou and her students for some excellent competition entries. It was a pleasure to be able to award the prizes personally and to be able to speak to the students about their inspiration and how they created their products. 

All of these entries, along with entries from other schools, will be showcased at teacher events to help inspire creative projects and ideas. 

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