• Art and literature brings school alive

World of colour

The staff and pupils of Our Lady and St Swithin’s, Croxteth launched a huge art installation in their school hall to celebrate the link between art and literature which has been a theme for the school throughout the term.

Fast on the heels of a performance of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ parents and pupils all had tours of the amazing 3-D ‘house’ that has been constructed.

Following on from an idea by Mrs Hamilton, the head of school, all pupils had an outdoor reading of the book ‘The Tin Forest’, followed by writing and art projects within the classroom, all of which were based on the story.

Meanwhile, the school’s artist-in-residence, Amba Seker, began constructing the rooms with help from caretaker Mick Gainford. Pupils then worked on each of the rooms, each telling a different part of this emotional story.

Children were encouraged to write on natural materials and before long, the rooms were full of writing – poetry, letters, dreams and creative prose.

Reception children wrote their dreams on parchment framed by twigs, pondering on a world of colour, happiness and brightness. After weeks of hard work, the final masterpiece was launched.

The whole project has successfully provoked and inspired children and staff, who both proudly took parents around the rooms during parents’ evenings.

As Mrs Seker said: “We’ve tried to bring the story into life, and hopefully this can inspire everyone to take their writing to new levels of creativity”.

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