School’s marvellous mural is a team effort

St Robert's First School staff and pupils and community leaders next to the new mural.
St Robert's First School staff and pupils and community leaders next to the new mural.

A school community has created a colourful new feature following a generous donation of paint.

After pupils at St Robert’s First School in Oldgate, Morpeth, decided that their playground needed brightening up, staff set in motion a mural project.

Community artist Jackie Laidlaw led a team of staff, governors, parents and parishioners in painting the piece along the fencing outside the school. Every colour of the rainbow was used.

The mural incorporates ideas of the Catholic ethos, including community, diversity and unity. It shows a number of different scenes, which flow into one another.

The paint was donated by the Dulux Decorator Centre on Brough Park Way, Newcastle, as part of the brand’s Let’s Colour initiative after headteacher Vivien Cunningham nominated the project online.

She said: “I am so happy with the finished mural – it shows off the great work we do as a school to everyone in the community.

“Although there are lots of different ideas at play, it is all brought together as one, which I think represents the unity of the world we live in.

“The children will see this fantastic mural on their way into school every day and it will make them excited and eager to learn together.”

Those involved in painting the mural started with a quaint representation of the town of Morpeth, which includes shops and St Robert’s Church. It moves on to a countryside scene with children playing together, then evolves into a representation of the world and the universe under a bright rainbow.