Each July, the annual Flowers in Bloom competition is held at Sawyers Hall College in Brentwood. Tutor groups and teachers were tasked with inventing, designing and then presenting hanging baskets and scarecrows to a team of judges from the local community. This year, the groups had to design both a hanging basket and scarecrow which will remain on show in the school’s communal areas. As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local schools, Athona sponsored the event and 3 members of our team were involved in judging the competition. Each of the baskets and scarecrows was based on themes, including; The World Cup, Big Brother, The Inbetweeners, The Icelandic Volcano, Science in Action, A Golden Beach and Cancer Research to name a few.

Jeanette Holder, Education Business Manager at Athona commented:

“Our inclusion in this project demonstrates our commitment to developing relationships with local schools whilst giving something back to our community. We were amazed at the effort and artistic ability shown by the students and teachers, they really grasped and enjoyed the opportunity to show off their baskets and scarecrows. We look forward to supporting local schools on similar projects in the coming year.”

Prizes were awarded by the Mayor of Brentwood with the overall winner being the football-themed ‘World Cup’ designed by class 9H and pictured below:


Stephen Capper, Headteacher at Sawyers Hall commented:

“It’s great to see students and staff taking such pride in their surrounding and can I thank you once again for your support.”

Well done to all the students and teachers involved in this fantastic project.

For further information please contact us on 01277 245840 or e-mail education@athona.com.