College Tiler Creates Mosaic For Primary School

Tue, 2001-05-29 01:00

Jacqueline Delaney TGHC; Ian Hutchinson CTD Tiles; Jeff Charlton L.E.S.; Bishop Seamus Cunningham; Mrs C Wallace head teacher; Robert Hutchinson East Durham College with pupils from St Oswald's RC Primary School

East Durham College’s Technical Academy has teamed up with Gateshead Council and The Gateshead Housing Company to create a tiled mosaic for a local primary school.

The mosaic has been created for the children of St Oswald's RC Primary School in the Wrekenton area of Gateshead, as part of a local campaign to improve the environment around the school.

Technical Academy student Peter England, who was studying on the Level 2 Diploma in Tiling, made the mosaic just before completing his course and moving to live in Lytham St Anne’s.

The mosaic project has been managed by Jacqueline Delaney, an Estate Officer with The Gateshead Housing Company, as part of their joint Neighbourhood Pride Fund with Gateshead Council.

 Jacqueline explains: “The fund aims to create a joint approach in responding to local communities through the creation of small-scale schemes to improve the local environment.

“We work with local people to develop safer, cleaner, stronger communities.

“We have been working with St Oswald’s School and a local residents’ group to tackle dog fouling and littering on the estate near the school.

“There was also a strip of grass next to the school that was constantly covered in dog foul and litter.

“The children would quite often stand in the foul and trail it into school and onto the carpets they sit on during lessons.

“So the housing company installed sustainable bedding and kick board fencing around the grass area, and also had a concrete slab placed in the grass to house the mosaic.

Jacqueline added: “We worked with the school to decide what the mosaic would be, eventually came up with the idea of a mosaic based on the stained glass window in the School’s hall.

“CTD Ceramic Tiles Distributors very kindly supplied the tiles for the mosaic free of charge and The Technical Academy supplied the skills and free manpower.”

The mosaic was presented to the school in January and visiting Bishop Seamus Cunningham blessed it.

The children have also taken part in a competition to design posters to encourage people to pick up dog foul and litter.

The four winning designs have been made in to signs and placed on lamp posts around the estate.

Headteacher: Mrs Christine Wallace at St. Oswald's added: “The whole school community is delighted with this replica of our stained glass window which was designed by one of our pupils.

“The mosaic depicts a dove, a symbol of peace and hope, and of the Holy Spirit. It is placed just adjacent to the Cemetery wall as a reminder of God’s promise of eternal life.

“We are grateful to all those who worked on this project to enhance our environment.”

The mosaic will be fitted to the slab later in the year once another is created for the Beacon Lough Mural.