Giant Jesus brings Sunderland pupils together

Pupils from St Aidan's RC School taking part in a project which involved the whole school.
Pupils from St Aidan's RC School taking part in a project which involved the whole school.
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A SCHOOL community were all connected during an unusual art display.

Around 1,000 people belonging to St Aidan’s Catholic Academy community gathered in the grounds of the Willow Bank Road school to join in the ‘Together’ project.

Ian Potts, art teacher at St Aidan’s, who came up with the idea, said it was the first time that everyone in the community had been united in this way.

He said: “Everyone was connected to someone else, or something from the school.”

The school has a Face of Christ Banner, which is depicted by photographs of the students, which Ian had enlarged to a huge size for the Together event, which was used alongside school house banners.

Mr Potts said: “Together was a symbol of our faith in Jesus and the fellowship of those who will always remain our friends, teachers, colleagues and support staff. We will remain interdependent and linked for the rest of our lives, we will always be together.”

During the event prayers were also said for the school community, families, friends and colleagues and they also remembered members of St Aidan’s who have recently died, including art teacher, Alistair Hickman, who lost his battle with cancer, aged just 30 in March, Shane Dolan, a 14-year-old pupil who died suddenly in February and Private Nathan Cuthbertson, a former student who died in Afghanistan in 2008.

Mr Potts said: “The whole idea was about remembering we will always be connected.

“Even though we are all part of St Aidan’s sometimes you can go months without seeing people, such as those in the sixth form site, so it was good to bring everyone together.”

As well as all the staff and current students at the school, other people were invited to go along and take part in the event, including the families of those who have died, former pupils and representatives from the feeder primary schools.

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