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Ex-pupil’s mural is an inspiration to former school

(left to right), former pupil Beth Hammond who painted the mural, with pupils, James Whitewood (nine), and Peter Couchman (10).
Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14201-3)

(left to right), former pupil Beth Hammond who painted the mural, with pupils, James Whitewood (nine), and Peter Couchman (10). Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14201-3)

A FORMER pupil returned to her junior school to help paint a mural to inspire the students to success.

Beth Hammond won a competition when she was at Locks Heath Junior School to design a picture.

The picture was then painted on the wall in the school hall with different animals representing their ‘learning to learn’ characters.

The wall has the words perseverance, bravery, imagination, reflection, curiosity, teamwork and independence. Each animal on the mural represents a different one of the words.

But the picture wore off and had to be painted over. So the Friends of Locks Heath Junior School raised some money to get a professional artist to paint the wall properly.

Beth, 13, and mural artist Maria Yadegar spent several days during the Christmas holidays inside the school painting the new wall.

Beth, who goes to Brookfield School, said: ‘I’m really proud. I think it looks good.

‘I feel it’s a bit weird being here but I’m quite glad that I got the chance to come back.’

Deputy headteacher Andy Clarke said: ‘All of the teachers at the school felt that learning was about those seven words.

‘We had a competition where children had to represent characters that did different things. Beth was the competition winner when she was in Year 6.

‘This year we had enough money raised from the Friends of Locks Heath Junior School.

‘They raised enough money to get a mural artist in to paint it.

‘We are really proud. It’s a testament to the learning initiative at our school.

‘She is proud and worked hard to come back and give her own time.’

Beth’s mum, Julie Hammond, 38, added: ‘It’s brilliant. It’s nice that she’s been able to come back and redo her painting. She was 100 per cent committed.

‘She loves art. She wants to go to art college. It’s always been her passion. We are extremely proud of her.’

Maria added: ‘It’s a nice idea to reproduce something they did before.

‘We took the base of the original design and did everything bigger and bolder than it was before.

‘It was nice to be involved with one of the pupils.’

 

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