6 Latymer
May 2012
Spotlight on
aneT OsBOrne
originally comes from
the north west of england. she did a
two-year arts Foundation at
Warrington College of art, then went on
to study Graphic Design at Canterbury
College of art. after college she moved to
London and worked as a graphic designer
for 10 years, focusing mainly on
illustration, branding and packaging.
“although I enjoyed working in design,
my real love is ceramics,” she says. “after
my daughter Tessa was born, I took the
opportunity to study part-time City and
Guilds and diploma courses in Ceramics.
It’s my passion and a skill I want to share
with others. The art department has
recently acquired two brand new pottery
wheels, so I have been running one-to-
one tutorials for students and staff in
throwing techniques, which has been
great fun.” Janet has been inspired by
potters such as Lucie rie and her tutor
Dan Kelly.
Janet joined the art department at
Latymer in 2004, spending her first six
years in the role of art Technician. When
the school was awarded arts status in
2007, a new position of arts administrator
was created to support the art, Drama
and Media departments, combined with
managing the day-to-day running of the
seward studio. Janet was appointed to
this role.
Her varied job involves booking
workshops, organising trips and arts
events, liaising with link primary schools
and arts administration. she runs the staff
and the year 9 Clay Clubs, and is involved
in running the ceramic workshops with
staff and students from local primary
“I help individual students with ceramic
or plaster work and occasionally dust
down my graphic design skills to create
posters, programmes and even logos.”
Working in the seward studio has
meant acquiring a whole new set of
technical skills.
“at first it was very daunting and I
admit to feeling a little nervous about all
that technology but, after two years and
with help and support, I’m amazed at just
how much I have learnt.”
Janet’s daughter Tessa joined Latymer
in the sixth form in 2009 and is now
studying for a Geography degree at
Birmingham University.
Outside school, Janet’s interests include
medieval history, walking and music.
“When Tessa was young, I used to take
her to castles and battle enactments and
take her along to hear loud rock groups.
This summer she is going to join me
(voluntarily!) walking the length of
Hadrian’s Wall. art has always been a big
part of my life, so I like to visit art galleries,
ceramic exhibitions and fill sketchbooks
with my own drawings and ideas.”
Janet is well-known for her beautifully
co-ordinated, colourful clothes, which suit
her so well and reflect her job in the art
“When I was at school, I loved the way
the art teachers dressed with their
colourful, ‘hippy’ clothes, completely
different from other teachers. They
inspired me and that’s how it started!”
Janet is certainly following in their
footsteps, inspiring many students and the
whole school community with her love of
Miranda McAllister
He assOCIaTIOn
of Parents and
Friends of Latymer school
committee has been busy again
organising events to raise funds for the
school. These have included a quiz night
and a junior disco night in December.
Owing to bad weather, the Bollywood
night was postponed from February until
May. The sunday morning car boot sales
continue to raise large sums of money.
Funds are also raised by the aPFLs
committee and its helpers who serve
countless cups of tea, drinks and snacks
at manifold after-school events.
The money we have raised with your
help has been used to purchase various
items and equipment for different
departments and clubs within the
One of our major fund raising events
of the year is the Grand Draw raffle.
This will take place on sunday 24 June
2012 at the International Food Festival,
a day full of great music and delicious
Through the Grand Draw we are
hoping to raise a substantial amount of
money so that more items and
equipment can be purchased that will
benefit the pupils at Latymer immensely.
a majority of you are very happy to
receive and purchase the raffle tickets
enclosed in
Latymer Link
. Last year two
of the three winners were old Latymer
If you would like the opportunity to
win £500 or one of our other cash prizes
and to support us in raising money for
the school then please take part in the
Grand Draw and purchase the raffle
tickets. Cheques made payable to aPFLs
and the ticket stubs should be sent to
aPFLs, The Latymer school Office,
Haselbury road, London n9 9Tn.
The aPFLs would like to thank you all
for your continued support.
Sushma Shah and Maria Ladopouli
Working in the Seward
Studio has meant
acquiring a whole new
set of technical skills
Janet Osborne
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