Class masterpiece

Children from Thames Primary School have worked with local artist Chaz Newton-Smith to create a large painting of their school and road. He is pictured (centre) with L-R Daniel Turner, Ubadah Faisal, Sophie Allen and Kaydey-Aaliyah Roberts.

Children from Thames Primary School have worked with local artist Chaz Newton-Smith to create a large painting of their school and road. He is pictured (centre) with L-R Daniel Turner, Ubadah Faisal, Sophie Allen and Kaydey-Aaliyah Roberts.

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HERE is one school in a way you’ve never seen it before.

Pupils at Thames Primary, South Shore, have unveiled a massive painting which now proudly hangs as a centre piece in the junior hall.

The dazzling work shows the view down Severn Road and the school building in all its glory against the back drop of the Pleasure Bleach and The Tower.

It was painted by a Manchester artist who was hand picked by pupils who interviewed eight potential candidates.

A ribbon was cut as the painting was unveiled in front of an audience of pupils, teachers, local councillors and school governors.

Tracy Harrison, deputy headteacher said: “We are thrilled with the painting, it has created a stunning centre piece for our school.

“The children interviewed and picked the artist and they are really happy with the finished painting.

“We wanted the painting to look as though you could walk into it, and this is perfect, it can be enjoyed by our children for generations to come.”

Coun Tony Lee and Coun Ian Fowler gave the the school £2,000 for the project.

The school asked for artists to apply for the role and got more than 30 applications before short listing eight candidates.

Pupils worked with school cultural officer Celine Wyatt to build up their interview skills and then picked artist Chaz Newton-Smith.

The children were asked to create ideas boards which showed the way they think about their school.

They wrote down the things they saw on their walk to school every day including seagulls, the rides at The Pleasure Beach and the neighbouring streets.

Chaz Newton Smith said: “I’m really happy with how the painting turned out.

“Working with the children was a great experience, they came up with some good ideas.”

Pupils were also happy to see the work they helped to create finally on the wall.

Ubadah Faisal, eight, said: “We all talked about what we see when we walk to school which was fun.

“We are very proud we worked with Chaz to make the painting happen.”

Kaydey-Aaliya Roberts, seven, added: “I liked looking all the artist’s work when we interviewed them and getting to ask them questions.”