Talented pupils create a textile heirloom

November 01 2016

THE new pupils at Fairlawn School in Montpelier have been welcomed by a colourful wall hanging.

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THE  new pupils at Fairlawn School in Montpelier have been welcomed by a colourful wall hanging.

It was made by the 29 children who joined the school when it opened in September 2015. They worked with textile artist Gemma Jones on the project. Each child designed a panel and then transferred the ideas on to a green felt background, using brightly printed fabric scraps, ribbons, buttons and bows. With the help of parents, they embroidered their names or initials on their pieces.

Gemma assembled the panels, including one made by their class teacher Emma Bunday, to make the completed artwork, which marks the completion of a successful first year and will be viewed by  children, staff and visitors for years to come. 

Gemma, whose son Noah is a pupil at the school,  said: “We asked the children to design something that made them feel happy about school. They came up with pictures including cars, animals, toys and people. When I sewed them together, the piece came together perfectly. The children were happy with it and impressed with what they have achieved.”

Head teacher Julie Molesworth said the project had brought the community together at the school, which opened in September 2015 in the former Fairfield Grammar School building in Fairlawn Road.

“It has been a great effort by so many people. Our parents have been so supportive and it was lovely to work with them to create this textile artwork. We are so lucky to have such talented parents and children,” she said.

The first reception class at the school, which is part of the CGS Trust, has now completed the first term in Year 1 and pupils have enjoyed helping the new intake of children to settle in. The school  is expected to grow to take in up to 420 pupils. 

Open events for parents seeking places for children for 2017 will take place on Tuesday November 15, 9.30-10.30am and 1.30-2.30pm and Thursday December 8, 6-7.30pm.