BAFTA Announces Winners of Young Game Designers Competition

Rhianna Hawkins (year 11) receives her award from celebrities Conor Maynard and Ben Hanlin at special ceremony

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London, 12 July: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced the winners of the 2014 BAFTA Young Game Designers competition at a glittering awards ceremony at BAFTA’s Headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London. The winners, chosen by a jury of industry experts and celebrity gamers, are:

• 16 year-old Rhianna Hawkins, from Taunton in Somerset, winner of the Game Concept Award - for the best written idea for a new game – for her game Tomatos Role. Rhianna is the first female winner of a BAFTA Young Game Designers award.

• 15 year-old Adam Oliver from Warwick in the West Midlands, winner of the Game Making Award – for a game made using computer software – for his game AlienX. This is the third time that Adam has reached the final stages of the competition, having made the top 10 for the Game Concept Award in 2010 and 2011.

Now in its fourth year, the BAFTA Young Game Designers initiative aims to inspire the game designers and game-makers of the future by giving 11-16 year-olds the chance to design and create their own game and develop it with industry professionals.

For the first time this year, the winners were named at a special ceremony attended by all the finalists, their families and leading figures in the games industry. Singer-songwriter Conor Maynardpresented Adam with the Game Making Award whilst magician and star of ITV2’s Tricked Ben Hanlin presented Rhianna the Game Concept Award, and treated the audience to some of his signature tricks.

The event was hosted by Ross Hornby (djh3max), Chris Trott (Trottimus) and Alex Smith (Alsmiffy), gaming filmmakers from YouTube sensation Hat Films, part of the hugely popular Yogscast network.

Harvey Elliott, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee and the BAFTA Children’s Committee, said: “Rhianna and Adam are two very exciting new young game designers. Rhianna, our first ever female winner, bodes well for the future of our male-dominated industry, and Adam, who has received a top award at the third attempt, demonstrates the power of perseverance. It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate their achievements alongside all the other finalists at this special awards ceremony.”

Along with their BAFTA Young Game Designers awards, Rhianna and Adam will also receive:

• Further development of their game with the University of Abertay Dundee;
• An exclusive, unique, studio visit, courtesy of Jagex;
• A selection of 2014 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment game releases;
• Exclusive signed artwork from previous Criterion Games releases, courtesy of EA;
• A special PlayStation®First Education starter kit for the winners’ schools, consisting of three PS3 consoles with Little Big Planet software and three PS Vita consoles with Tearaway software, presented by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

In Rhianna Hawkins’ game Tomatos Role the player directs the central tomato character through a fruit salad full of obstacles. By crossing bowls of increasing size the tomato boosts its popularity, aiming to be accepted as a member of the fruit family. As a member of the Game Concept Award jury, Ben Hanlin said of Rhianna’s game: “I can see this game becoming a brand. The game’s joke has virility and the potential to stand out on indie platforms.” Fellow jury member Mark Ogilvie, Design Director at Jagex said: “It’s a funny, exciting idea with a real spark. As a concept it is difficult to fault, the beauty is it is simple and tactile. I can feel the personality of this designer and would like to work with them.”

Adam Oliver’s game AlienX requires players to stop a horde of aliens from reaching a teleporter, using an array of weapons, travelling through four solar systems and finally battling the big boss, AlienX. The Game Making Jury praised Adam’s use of logic and weaponry, and his dedication in creating 21 levels of the game. Jury member Maddie Moate, presenter and technology specialist (Earth Unplugged and O2 Guru TV) said: “I really enjoyed playing it. I particularly liked the planets, and thought it had a polished style.” Andrea Wastlund, Assistant Producer at FreeStyleGames, said: “AlienX has so much thought put into it…I’m very impressed with the design and puzzles, and it could work on iPad. Amazing!”

For a full list of jury members, go to: http://ygd.bafta.org/Jurors-2014.

The BAFTA Young Game Designers initiative seeks to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become the next generation of successful game designers. It aims to demystify the creative process of games development and highlight how key qualifications in areas such as maths, physics and computer science are essential for those wishing to enter the industry.

The competition is supported by a year-round programme of activity, including: a dedicated website (www.bafta.org/ygd ) where BAFTA members, award winners and nominees share their insights and advice through interviews and exclusive video content; a web series, fronted by internet celebrities Yogscast, that gives a light-hearted look behind the scenes of the games industry; an online ‘feedback hub’ where young people can submit ideas or questions about their entry, with the chance of gaining a personalised response from a games expert; and live workshops around the country.

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URGENT NOTICE – ACTIVITIES WEEK FRENCH TRIP

Change of departure time for Activities Week French Trip:

Due to advice from our travel company we have had to change the departure time on Monday 14th July to 03:00. Could we please ask you to arrive at school at 02:45. Thank you and apologies for any inconvenience.

Hot off the press: The Apple Project!

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Our trip to the orchard and pines farm shop.

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“As part of the Comenius project we are creating an apple juice company.

We started our day with a visit to Ashwell orchard, part of Dillington Estate. Firstly Chris, the friendly estate manager, showed us the 2.5 acre apple orchard which he has kindly offered for us to use; we are extremely grateful for this.

We learnt many tips about picking the apples, for when the correct season arrives. He also taught us about the land we will be using and the history of the surrounding estate.

Next we visited Pynes Farm Shop, in North Petherton to do a bit of market research, and to discover more about types of different apple juice and the price they sell it for.

In the afternoon we spent our time tasting the different types of apple juice, then we split into different groups to move our project forward. One group started to look at the overheads of the product, another was investigating having a web presence and the third was looking at the marketing of our product and the information on the labels.

We cannot wait to get this project off its feet.”

Pop Videos 2014

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Presenting a speech in front of an audience of two hundred and fifty students is one of the bravest things a student can do, particularly whilst your year head, Mr Pickhaver and your headmaster Mr Hoare, jots down notes on your performance… but this is exactly what a collection of ambitious year nine students did.

With their passionate and thought provoking speeches the audience were captivated by a range of topics from the importance of wearing a bike helmet (where Travis added a humorous twist and got the audience roaring with laughter) to Emily Reeve’s confident and engaging delivery on stereotyping.

The teachers and audience couldn’t have been proud enough to watch Emily Reeve achieve first place with Leah Beale coming a close second and Amber Mockridge achieving third place. We are already looking forward to next year’s speeches. Congratulations year nine!

UKMT Maths Challenge 2014

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Pupils at Heathfield achieved 2 golds, 11 silvers and 31 bronzes in this year’s UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. Over 240,000 pupils from across the UK sat the Junior Maths Challenge with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze.

Jonah Fowler and Zak Aladin both achieved gold certificates in the challenge. Congratulations to all that took part!

The Taming of the Shrew

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“The Taunton Thespians have been touring Somerset for over 20 years and this year I auditioned for their latest production ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. One of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays, as well as one of his finest comedies, The Taunton Thespians will be bringing the witty satire of Shakespeare’s comedy to beautiful outdoor venues across Somerset.

What makes this production all the more exciting is the fact that it is being performed in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Open Stages’ programme. We have been lucky enough to have workshops in Stratford and have been given mentoring from a director of the company.

It has been a fantastic experience for me (I will be playing the role of Bianca), and I hope to see some of you there.”

Tuesday 15th Bishop’s Hull House, Bishop’s Hull, Taunton
Wednesday 16th Maunsel House, North Newton
Thursday 17th Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle
Friday 18th Compton House Hotel, Axbridge
Saturday 19th Muchelney Abbey, Langport
Tuesday 22nd Dillington House, Ilminster
Wednesday 23rd Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle
Thursday 24th Roadwater Village Hall Grounds
Friday 25th Mount Somerset Hotel, Henlade
Saturday 26th Hartwood House, Crowcombe Heathfield

Charlotte Newman (Year 10)

BAFTA Young game designers award

Congratulations to year 11 student Rhianna Hawkins on becoming a finalist in the Game concept category for the BAFTA young game designers competition 2014 with her game Tomato’s Role.

On June 23rd Rhianna was successfully chosen to be just 1 of 9 finalists from hundreds of entries. Fingers crossed for 12th July when the winner is chosen.

You can read more about Rhianna’s game concept over at http://ygd.bafta.org/Tomatos-Role you can also see the other finalists in the game concept category by visiting http://ygd.bafta.org/2014-game-concept-nominees

Well done Rhianna and good luck on the 12th July, you’ve designed a fantastic game!

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We went to a maths show and it featured lots of magic tricks using maths. Then they explained how the tricks worked using maths like probability and algebra. We also did some maths puzzles before watching the show.

It was very interesting and there was lots of things to do. The best thing we found was where a machine would take a picture of your shadow while you pose. I really liked the fake tornado that was made out of mist that you could destroy with your hands. I also liked the tube that, when you put your hand on it looked like lightning. T’was amazing!

By Hannah & Rosey

— Year 8 trip to Techniquest