Students at St John’s RC special school in Woodford Bridge constructed a colourful mosaic-mural using a Jack Petchey Small Grant. The project was was officially unveiled on 6th November by the Mayor for Redbridge, Councillor Felicity Banks.
Art teacher Dave Howes, who won an Outstanding Leader Award said: “The mural depicts what are about. It is a colourful and happy piece of work, which reflects how we are a colourful and happy school. It will be a legacy for contributing students, and will also welcome future students and visitors to the school, constantly reminding everyone how special St Johns is.”
The mosaic incorporates the schools name, the emblems for down-syndrome, autism and epilepsy and rainbows and sunshine to represent hope and good fortune. All of the 100 students at the school helped to complete the 25,500 tile artwork, with each student assembling sections of 225 tiles individually before Mr Howes put the whole piece together.
Coucillor Banks commented, “What a beautiful piece of work. The colour of the mosaic is like a light shining over the school and the community of Woodford.”
The St John's choir performed the school song at the ceremony, which was attended by students, friends and family and nuns from The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Mary and Joseph – the order to which the school belongs.
The occasion also provided the opportunity for the school to celebrate the two latest recipients of Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards. Teenagers Joshua Rankin and Amy Michelle were presented with a certificate and a cheque for £200 to be spent on a project or department of their choice.
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