Thursday, 19 October 2017

Pupils make harp sculpture for hospice

CHILDREN at Checkendon Primary School made a harp sculpture for the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

CHILDREN at Checkendon Primary School made a harp sculpture for the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

The 31 boys and girls donated it to the charity as part of a community art project.

They visited the hospice at Joyce Grove to speak with residents and find out what kind of artwork they wanted. They also took photographs and measured the hospice’s sanctuary room, where the piece will be installed. The children made a harp because author Ian Fleming’s family used the room for music practice when they owned the property in the early 1900s.

They sculpted it from papier- mâché and used wooden dowels for the strings. Afterwards, they painted cardboard butterflies and glued them on. It is the second time that the school has made a sculpture for Sue Ryder. Two years ago, pupils made an abstract sculpture of flowers and animals for its day room.

Assistant head teacher Gillian Seymour said: “It was a great way of getting the pupils involved in the wider community. It also gave them experience of working towards a deadline. The hospice absolutely loved it and it was good for the children to get that feedback for their efforts.”

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