School is brighter thanks to murals

All Saints First School pupils and local artist Jackie Laidlaw with one of the murals.
All Saints First School pupils and local artist Jackie Laidlaw with one of the murals.

A SUCCESSFUL application has enabled schoolchildren in Morpeth to produce some eye-catching, colourful creations.

All Saints First School in Lancaster Park set out to brighten up its outdoor area by coming up with a series of murals and it has now unveiled its brand-new look.

To design the pieces, 160 pupils took part in a competition to depict bible stories using creative pictures.

The winning design from each year group was then painted onto canvases and hung outside the school for the children and their families to enjoy.

Volunteers from the school and local Church of England parish, including artist Jackie Laidlaw, worked together to paint the murals.

The paint was donated by Dulux Decorator Centres in Newcastle, as part of the company’s Let’s Colour mission to add colour to people’s lives, after teachers Laura Ritson and Jo Roberts nominated the project online.

Mrs Ritson said: “The project has been a great success, with all of the children getting really involved, and we’re pleased with the paintings which brighten up the school.”

She added that the school is very grateful to MKM Building Supplies for donating the plywood for the canvases, and also the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Mitford, and Brian Headley for their support and donation.

Sean McIntyre, store manager of Dulux Decorator Centres on Brough Park Way, said: “Helping such a great project to impact so many lives in the local community was an absolute pleasure.

“The transformation has really brought Morpeth All Saints First School to life and we hope it will make a big difference to local people.”