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Sunderland school is glass act

Pupils from Diamond Hall Infant Academy proudly point to the glass panels they produced in collaboration with the National Glass Centre.

Pupils from Diamond Hall Infant Academy proudly point to the glass panels they produced in collaboration with the National Glass Centre.

THE daily life of a school has been depicted in glass.

Children from Diamond Hall Infant Academy, in Millfield, have been working with an expert at the National Glass Centre to create their own work of art.

The nine beautifully-crafted glass panels are now on display in the school entrance for all the visitors to see, when it opens again in September after the summer holidays.

Sally Collingwood, headteacher at the Well Street school, said the aim of the project was to come up with something special to mark the first anniversary of the school being an academy.

She said: “We chose to have something in glass because it is part of the heritage and history of Sunderland, and we wanted the children to experience that.” Mrs Collingwood said the piece of work – Remarkable Things – was a collaboration between the glass centre, the children, parents and staff.

She said the middle panel of the artwork is the logo of the school, which is a diamond, and the children came up with ideas of what they wanted in the other panels, which would show what the pupils do and learn about in school.

They show things such as the world, sports and activities, food and healthy living, reading, writing and maths and the aspirations of the children.

The headteacher said the glass artist worked with the children on their designs and the youngsters were invited along to the the National Glass Centre to watch the panels being made.

She said: “It was wonderful to see the children and parents together.

“The panels are really impressive, they commemorate the first year of being an academy.

“Hopefully it will be there for many years to come.”

 

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