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Kids create the story of creation
Friday, October 4th, 1996
by Clare Stephens
A MOSAIC depicting the Biblical story of creation and assiduously designed play area were opened at St. Philips C.E. Primary School, Hulme, last Friday. Pupils, aged between four and six treated the audience to a spirited welcome and a short but animated drama illustrating the Genesis tale before Olympic athlete Paula Thomas officially unveiled the mosaic. The school wanted the work of art to reflect the varied religious backgrounds of its pupils and opted for the Adam and Eve story as it is common to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths. The mosaic comprises a variety of animals set across a backdrop of a large moon and a golden sun, all of which flow from a central red heart. The figures of Adam and Eve are deliberately composed of mirror glass to ensure the children see a reflection of themselves rather than an imposed image. Local artist Tracey sanders-Wood spent 18 months working with the children. "I've just been the organiser, the children have done most of the work," said Tracey. "They've spent many hours drawing and painting their interpretation of the story before we created the design with donated tiles." Tracey has spent time getting to know the children which shows in the mosaic. "It is a confident and vibrant piece which expresses the relationship between Tracey and the children," said Fr. Matt Thompson, of the Ascension Church. Head Mr. Dalby stated, "It's wonderful that a local artist, teachers and pupils can work so well together to create such a beautiful, colourful mosaic that will hopefully be a reminder for many years of the way in which people work and learn together." He added, "The mosaic complements the new play area which has been designed for the children." The grounds are secured with new fencing and consist of five different play areas which include a fixed play area with safety surface, a quiet grassed area with tables and chairs and a wildlife section, where the children are involved with the planting and laying of footpaths. "Hulme schools have been working together over the last few years to improve their grounds and all this has been achieved with the invaluable help of funding from Hulme Regeneration," added Mr. Dalby
PHOTOGRAPH: The happy youngsters of St. Philips primary with head Mr.Dalby, Paula Thomas and Tracey Sanders-Wood.