Bursting from behind the clouds stands a Dorset school where the sun always shines and a pot of gold is found at the end of a rainbow.
The lucky school in question is one of East Dorset’s smallest – Witchampton Church of England First School.
And their ray of sunshine was not created by magic but by the artistic talents of all of their 62 students and the very able assistance of local artist Heidi Stellar.
Using recycled plastics, fabrics and scrap Heidi helped the children create clouds, a sun and rainbows to permanently grace their school grounds.
CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said: “We have been collecting plastic bottles, fabrics and materials from Dorset Scrapstore so we can transform the look of our playground.
“As the playground is up high we wanted to create a feeling of being above the clouds and with the help of local artist Heidi Stellar we have made clouds, a sun and rainbows.
“The whole school took part and it was, aptly, a beautiful sunny day – the children were totally enthralled by the occasion and we now have a permanently sunny skyline to enjoy.”
Heidi Stellar ran a workshop with the children to show them how to create their outdoor horizon.
She said: “Witchampton School was a delightful school to work with. The children were so enthusiastic and it was a pleasure to help them make something beautiful they can be proud of.”
Witchampton First School is in the village of Witchampton, which has a population of just 398 and is situated five miles north of Wimborne.
It is one of seven First and Middle schools in Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT), along with Allenbourn Middle School, Colehill First School, Hayeswood First School, Merley First School, St Michael’s CE Voluntary Aided Middle School and St John’s First School.
WAT was formed in March 2015. All of its academies are rated either Good or Outstanding.
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