Inspiring Abbey College Cambridge Student Makes the Impossible Possible

5th October 21

A Level student San was not going to allow a mere 5,500 miles come between her and her art assignment, driving her to go to remarkable lengths to complete it in time and with top marks.

Home learning in Myanmar, San was keen to join her online clay lesson hosted in Cambridge, but was unable to buy, or have delivered any modelling clay due to Covid-19 and political unrest in her home country.

Demonstrating her resilience and determination, not to mention the extent to which she was inspired by her art teacher, San took to her own garden for a solution. San dug up some earth from outside her house, and with remote help from the Head of Art at Abbey College Cambridge, Serena O’Connor, she made her own clay to partake in the lesson. In doing this, San needed to process the clay, washing and drying it out, and then wedging it, which she did meticulously to create a beautiful sculpture of a female figure.

Dr Julian Davies, Principal comments: “In dealing with the challenges of the pandemic and remote learning, we have seen a great many inspiring examples of both our staff and students going over and above to ensure that learning progress is fully on track.

“However, this most recent example is truly extraordinary, and San is a wonderful example to us all, of how sheer determination, focus and a passion to achieve an end goal, can deliver the desired results. Well done San, we are hugely proud of you.”

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