Colourful wall hanging celebrates Fairlawn Primary School’s successful first year

The first pupils at Fairlawn Primary School in Montpelier have marked the completion of their reception year by creating a colourful wall hanging that celebrates how they feel about school.

The 29 children worked with textile artist Gemma Jones on the project. Each child designed a panel and then transferred the ideas on to a green felt background, using brightly printed fabric scraps, ribbons, buttons and bows. With the help of parents, they embroidered their names or initials on their pieces.

Gemma assembled the panels, including one made by their teacher Emma Bunday, to make the completed artwork, which will be hung in the school to be viewed by the children, staff and visitors for years to come.

Gemma, whose son Noah is a pupil at the school, said:

“We asked the children to design something that made them feel happy about school. They came up with pictures including cars, animals, toys and people. When I sewed them together, the piececame together perfectly. The children are really happy with it and impressed with what they have achieved.”

Head teacher Julie Molesworth said the project had brought the community together at the school, which opened last September in the former Fairfield Grammar School building in Fairlawn Road.

“It has been a great effort by so many people. Our parents have been so supportive and it was lovely to work with them to create this textile artwork. We are so lucky to have such talented parents and children,” she said.

Fairlawn School is part of the CGS Trust and is expected to grow to take in up to 420 pupils.