Mural is just picture perfect for pupils

Barnard Grove school pupils pictured with the mural
Barnard Grove school pupils pictured with the mural

A SPECTACULAR mural containing the photographs of 300 children has taken pride of place inside a school hall.

Staff at Barnard Grove Primary School, in Hartlepool, were so impressed with the weird and wonderful fancy dress efforts of youngsters from their school at a recent event that they decided to take photographs of each one.

Then in a bid to remember and recognise the costume ideas, which had been created by caring parents of the kids, they decided to create a permanent reminder in the shape of a mural, resembling popular children’s books Where’s Wally.

And now the impressive display – which pictures all of the staff and kids from four to 11-years-old – has been hung in the hall for all to see.

Deputy headteacher Janine Thompson said: “The children all got dressed up as different characters for World Book Day and their outfits were just brilliant.

“The children and the parents had put so much effort into their costumes, and some of them will have spent quite a bit of money on them.

“We didn’t just want it to be one day and then be forgotten about. We wanted a permanent reminder that captured everybody that was involved.”

She added: “Our computer technician came up with the design and it ended up better than we could have imagined!

“We hung it up in the hall, where we have displays of each year’s work, and it seemed to just round it off perfectly that everyone in the school is on there.

“We had an event in the school after we’d hung it up and as soon as parents noticed it was there they were taking pictures with their mobile phones and saying how good it was. We’ve never had such a reaction.

“The kids love it as well and when they first saw it they were all saying ‘wow’ and looking for themselves.

“They still look for themselves now when they’re waiting in the dinner queue.

“It’s just lovely and brings the whole school together in one big picture.”