Creative students brighten up their Stockton school with a colourful mural

Darlington and Stockton Times: Artist Liz Million with Headteacher Dianne Gage, Chris Peters, from Tristar Homes, Paul Dolan from Stockton Central ROAPS, and children and parents from Oxbridge Lane School. Artist Liz Million with Headteacher Dianne Gage, Chris Peters, from Tristar Homes, Paul Dolan from Stockton Central ROAPS, and children and parents from Oxbridge Lane School.

PUPILS have used their creativity to brighten up their community with a colourful mural thanks to the help of a local artist.

Oxbridge Lane School successfully bid for money from Tristar Homes’ Reaching Out Area Panel to commission Liz Million to help design and paint a giant, colourful mural on the school’s exterior wall.

The idea for the mural, which is large enough to be seen by passing motorists and pedestrians, was the brain-child of the school council, which thought the mural would both improve the area and help to connect the school with the surrounding community.

Headteacher Dianne Gage said: “I am extremely proud of all the students and parents for their hard work and skill on this project. Liz has done a wonderful job of bringing out the artistic side of each child involved.

"As well as telling a story, this bespoke piece of work has given the children experience of creating a unique, beautiful and meaningful piece of art from scratch.”

The artist said: “We had a great time working on the project, and the children brought lots of fantastic ideas to the table. We wanted to create a bright and eye-catching design which reflected the school, the community and the town.

"After much deliberation, we eventually decided on a painting which included an owl emblem to reflect the school; Ropner Park, which represents the nearby local area; and ship-building, which epitomises Stockton’s industrial history.”

And Kay Glew, head of housing services at Tristar Homes, added: “The mural looks really wonderful – it is eye-catching, colourful and really brightens up the area.”

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