Playground mural brings friends together at Worlingham school
- Credit: Nick Butcher
A large piece of disused concrete at Worlingham Primary School has been transformed into a colourful wall celebrating the pupils’ friendships.
The mural is the brainchild of headteacher Vicky O’Brien and reception teacher Sarah Webster to provide a meeting point for children in the playground.
It was first mooted two years ago, but the wall needed rendering and good weather to take the project forward.
Miss Webster, who is also the school’s art coordinator, used masonry paint to stencil on the words Friendship Wall, before painting birds, sunflowers and mini beasts onto the surface.
Every child in the school then had the opportunity to place their own decorative handprint on the wall as a symbol of unity.
Miss Webster said: “It’s an area where children can meet up with their friends and hang out. We are going to have two rainbow benches either side of the wall where they can sit. It’s also our way of celebrating friendship. I’ve heard children say to each other ‘see you at the Friendship Wall when I’ve finished lunch’.
“I spent one whole day on it from about 7.30am in the morning until about 6.30pm at night. It’s a really nice way to brighten up the playground and for children to find their friends.
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“When new children come every September we are going to put their handprints on the wall too, so it’s an ongoing thing for years to come.”
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