March 4, 2018
Our Lady and St Patrick School, Teignmouth celebrated its 50th birthday on its current site last year and pupils enjoyed THF-supported workshops where they created prints based on aspects of the Teignmouth environment. The project was part of a series of events to bring together past and present: pupils, teachers, staff and parents. The school said in its application that it was keen to ensure that the current children feel invested in the event and the history of the school and community. The artwork produced represented a series of topics looking at the local environment and community around the school and Teignmouth through the decades, with each year group choosing their own topics. The project also involved local research supported by Teignmouth Museum and local historians.
Justine Cooper, a staff member at the school, wrote:
“The event was a great success! The children truly enjoyed the process of spending time with artist Sarah Morris and then seeing their designs on display during all the events run to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Thank you again to the Helen Foundation.”
Amelie Bruce (class 6) wrote:
“Sarah Morris a local artist came into school to do a printing workshop with year 1 and year 6 pupils. I was one of the year 6 pupils who took part in it, and enjoyed it very much because first of all I love Coombe Vale Park as it is full of nature and wildlife, and I have lots of fun there. I also enjoyed it because I learnt new art skills and when I had finished my printing sketch I felt thoroughly proud of what I had achieved and I am excited to have it displayed at our 50th school anniversary.”
Mrs Gordon, Class teacher, wrote:
“Local artist, Sarah Morris, recently came in to work with Class 3 on creating their own tile prints using the local train station as inspiration. The children looked at pictures of Teignmouth train station over the years including looking at many black and white pictures. The class then used what they had seen to carve their designs into polystyrene tiles, which they then used to create ink prints. They later reused parts of their tiles to enhance their prints in contrasting colours. These prints will be used to decorate the marquee for the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The children all had a fantastic morning making their artwork.”
Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary, OLSP!