The Year Nine pupils' creation, which was designed with the help of renowned
artist Graham Cowley, has won a national British Council art competition.
The mural was created to celebrate the students' experience of international
collaboration through the Comenius School Partnerships programme.
by Fiona Langton
The faces of proud Fairfax School pupils were a
picture when they unveiled their award-winning playground mural last
The students, under the direction of former art teacher Corinne
Neville, took a dilapidated brick wall facing their playground,
plastered it white and created the striking design, which features
digital self portraits of themselves and their fellow students from
the schools they are partnered with. They are linked with five schools,
two in Germany and one each in Estonia, Spain and Cyprus. The design
shows jigsaw pieces coming together - a metaphor for the theme of
Artist Graham Crowley, the former Head of Painting at the Royal
College of Art whose work has been recognised with a prestigious John
Moores Prize 24 award, said: "I consider the design to be
distinguished, graphically and architecturally impressive, moving and
inventive, showing original thought and a high contemporary cultural
awareness and expressing the best of education."
Fairfax students have worked on a number of visual and art activities
with their international partners. The school is one of more than
8,000 schools across the Uk to have established school partnerships
links across 31 European countries through the EU-funded Comenius
programme. Fairfax also recently scooped the DfES International School
Award, which recognises the work of schools and teachers working to
instil a global dimension into the learning experience of children and
Pat Davis, Head of Art, said: "Everyone who sees it says 'Wow!'
It's quite stunning because it is such an innovative design. It has
been a good year's project and it has been wonderful to see it
materialise. All the other children have been very curious to see that
has been going on - it has been covered with polythene sheeting to
protect it from the weather, so work has literally been done under
wraps. The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed doing it and have regularly
given up their lunch hours and stayed after school to do it, and they
are to be congratulated on their achievement."