Back in 1994, the Ross Gazette reported on Ross Lions launch of the Peace Poster Competition in John Kyrle High School. This International competition grabbed the interest of Art Teacher Neil Carroll, who has led thousands of Year 8 students through the design and painting of Peace Posters ever since. Now Neil is retiring from JKHS and the members of Ross Lions Club wanted to pass on their thanks to him for his continued support of the Competition.
Speaking at an informal lunch this week, Lions President David Ravenscroft said “Without the work of Neil Carroll, young people would not have the chance to develop their skills and give thought to how important peace is in the world”. Indeed many of the young people of Ross remember taking part in this competition and hoping to win the first prize – which would include a trip to the United Nations in New York.
Headteacher Nigel Griffiths said “Neil has been an asset to the School and Art Department for many years and we will all be sad to see him leave”. Mr Griffiths and other members of the Art Department were present when President David presented a plaque to thank Neil for his work over the last 21 years, both on the Peace Poster and other Art projects that link the school and the community. The Competition continues and maybe next year there will be a JKHS poster that wins the big prize!
Headteacher Nigel Griffiths, Lion Richard Ball, President David Ravenscroft, Neil Carroll, Lion Keith Wilding, Lion Nick Dale. (Front) Art teacher Anna Taylor, Lion Susan Wilding, Art Teacher Julie Turner.