Daventry pupils get to grips with the tree of life

Falconer's Hill Infant School, Year Two pupils showing completed art work they  have worked with local artist Kerry Darlington to create a tree of tranquility.
Falconer's Hill Infant School, Year Two pupils showing completed art work they have worked with local artist Kerry Darlington to create a tree of tranquility.
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AN ARTIST has worked with youngsters at a Daventry school to bring a new masterpiece to life.

Kerry Darlington joined forces with pupils at Falconer’s Hill Infant School in Ashby Road to create a Tree of Life.

She designed the tree while the children made all the leaves using a wide range of bright colours and patterns.

The children were delighted to see the finished piece.

Hayden Ryan, seven, said: “It was good to work with the artist because she gave us ideas for our own artwork.”

Babuccar Jobe, also seven, said: “I really like the tree. It is very pretty.”

The tree will be broken into jigsaw-style pieces and sold with the proceeds supporting the school’s sponsorship of education in Uganda.

Deputy headteacher Julie Lee said: “I think the children get so much out of working with the artist. They have a lot of enthusiasm and have done really well.”

The project comes just as the school celebrates success of a different kind. Falconer’s Hill has received the Gold School Council award by the Active School Citizenship programme.

It is rare for an infant school to receive the award as its pupils are only there for three years, the minimum qualification period.

They have been given the award for their work in running the eco club, recycling commitments, raising money for charity and work in the local community.

They have also helped to determine the criteria used to appoint new teachers.

Mrs Lee added: “I am very proud of everyone’s efforts.”