Our new window’s a glass act

The Bishop of Blackburn The Right Reverend Nicholas Reade on a visit to St Nicholas School, Marton to officially bless their new stained glass window

The Bishop of Blackburn The Right Reverend Nicholas Reade on a visit to St Nicholas School, Marton to officially bless their new stained glass window

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A BLACKPOOL school came alive with colour when its beautiful stained glass window was unveiled.

The stunning feature, which was officially blessed by the Bishop of Blackburn The Right Reverend Nicholas Reade in a ceremony yesterday, was an instant hit with staff and pupils at St Nicholas School, Marton.

Designed by students, the window took three months to create using glass from America and Germany and depicts the life of Jesus.

Headteacher Andrew Mellor said the glass was a reminder of the school’s Christian faith.

He added: “The window faces two ways so it reminds everyone at the school what Jesus did for us and does for us and reminds people outside what we stand for.

“The idea came about after the school was extended and a new hall built in March 2009.

“We wanted something which spoke of Jesus because that is what we are all about and a stained glass window seemed really fitting.

“Pupils were asked to come up with designs and the images relating to the life of Jesus seemed to work really well.

“It has taken some time but it has been well worth the wait, I was blown away when I saw the results – it creates a rainbow across the entire hall.”

The whole school attended yesterday’s ceremony at the School Road primary including former teachers and pupils.

Mr Mellor added: “I think it is an investment for the future generations.

“When I retire I hope I come back and still see the message from the window.”

Year Six pupil Lucy Stowell, 11, said she loved the new window.

She said: “I think it is really good, I really like the one in the middle where Jesus is putting his hands together and the cross is on his shoulder.

“It is a rainbow of colour, it looks really nice when the light shines through it, much better than having plain glass.

“And it represents our school, it is a Christian school and we believe Jesus is always with us wherever we go. I also like that people outside the school can see the window because they can look at it and enjoy it as well.”