Children create colourful murals

(left to right) Portsmouth University students studying Graphic Illustration BA Honour Degree, Emma Nicol, Jazz Hutchison, with Fernhurst Junior School pupils, Molly Fisher, Zac Lacey, Charlotte Carlisle and Daniel Stevens with pupils from Devonshire Infant School, Luna Star Bradford, Amela Skenderi, Muhin Chowdhury, and Bobby Marsland , with students Lizzie Hug and Curtis Hylton   Picture: Malcolm Wells (123172-779)
(left to right) Portsmouth University students studying Graphic Illustration BA Honour Degree, Emma Nicol, Jazz Hutchison, with Fernhurst Junior School pupils, Molly Fisher, Zac Lacey, Charlotte Carlisle and Daniel Stevens with pupils from Devonshire Infant School, Luna Star Bradford, Amela Skenderi, Muhin Chowdhury, and Bobby Marsland , with students Lizzie Hug and Curtis Hylton Picture: Malcolm Wells (123172-779)
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Children at two schools in Southsea have helped to design some brand new murals which have brightened up their playground.

Fernhurst Junior School and Devonshire Infant School share a playground that was in need of a makeover.

So the schools contacted art students at the University of Portsmouth and asked if they could lend a helping hand.

Pupils helped to design the murals with an Olympic theme to celebrate the country’s successful summer of sport, and the students then painted them on to the wall.

Roberta Kirby, headteacher of Fernhurst Junior School, says: ‘It has been a very sporty summer, so we wanted to keep that going.

‘We put it out to the children to come up with some ideas. Then the students looked at the pictures and came up with some designs.

‘They have never done anything on this scale. Their work had been on scrapbooks. It was good of them to take such a challenge.

‘They have done a fabulous job. They have done it out of the goodness of their hearts.

‘We want to get them a gift to thank them.’

And Roberta says the displays have really brightened up the school.

‘We are an urban school. They are fit-for-purpose buildings but we don’t have much grass,’ she says.

‘This brings a bit of colour and a bit of excitement into what otherwise would have been a rather drab playground.

‘It’s the only place that children have to do sport.

‘This is something on the wall that brightens up the area and brings it to life.’

The students painted seven large sections of the playground wall.

Some are on an Olympic theme, another the Jubilee and one now provides a goal wall for budding footballers.

‘It was a wonderful experience for the children to see it turn into something so colourful,’ adds Roberta.

‘They are delighted. The children will have somewhere colourful to play in now.

‘And it’s really nice that the children can see something that they have had a hand in.

‘I’m sure it will last at least 10 years and then all their younger brothers and sisters will see it.

‘It’s a lovely thing to have in school.’