Goring railway station made brighter thanks to students

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A STATION waiting room is much brighter now, thanks to some creative school pupils.

An art competition was held at Goring station in conjunction with pupils from Chatsmore Catholic High School in Goring Street, in which they designed a painting to be hung in the waiting room.

All the students’ artwork was displayed at the station for more than a week and passengers were asked to vote for their favourite picture.

The theme of the competition was The Circus, as in around 1932, a circus came to town and travelled through the station.

The winning painting was by Declan Carroll, a year-nine student who secured the highest number of the 300 votes.

His bright painting of an elephant and a majorette saw him receive a trophy from Southern Rail bosses, a free day of train travel for himself and his family and a chance to go on the train drivers’ simulator at Worthing.

Viv Porter, extended learning manager at Chatsmore, said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage in their local community and use their artistic talents to benefit others. As we have arts specialist status here at Chatsmore, we pride ourselves in the high level of artwork which is created with the supervision of our head of art, Caroline Woodward.

“The students put a lot of thought and effort into their paintings and the end results were stunning. I would also like to thank Hazel Winter for giving us the chance to run the competition and display our work. We hope to get the students creating more artwork for Southern Rail in the future.”