Wednesday, 29 Apr 2020

Senior School Photo Competition

WestMAC Senior Students to find beauty from home

WestMAC Senior School students are being encouraged to look within their home environments and neighbourhoods as the ongoing learn from home phase continues.

The Senior School is running a special “ISO” photography competition titled “Stuck at Home - Find Awe and Beauty In Your Surrounds” with entries open up until Friday 22 May.

The idea is the brainchild of Head of Senior School Mr Paul Alcorn who himself has been inspired by the thinking of psychologists and neuroscientists who believe that there are profound benefits to finding awe and beauty in our surroundings.

“I wanted to give students an opportunity to look around their immediate environment and find things that may be beautiful and awe inspiring perhaps that they’ve never noticed before.

“Some of the benefits of looking for awe and beauty in our surroundings include improved physical and mental health, a sense of hope/optimism, a feeling of connectedness, an increase in pro-social behaviours, such as kindness, compassion, altruism, co-operation and sharing as well as enhanced critical thinking and creativity,” Mr Alcorn said.

The competition will be judged by the Senior School Wellbeing Captains as well as College Art staff.

The winners will receive a gift voucher as well as having their winning entry hung in the Senior School “Flex” area.

The competition is open now so Senior School students are encouraged to get their entries in to Mr Alcorn before the deadline.

Appearing with this article are images from College teacher Mr Phil Trezise who has taken these images from his own home environment as a starting point of inspiration for our students.