Pupils rewarded for artistic flair

Centre manager Steven Brogan with Parish CE Primary School, pupils Thomas Wright, Jessica Murphy-Jennis, Kaitlyn Cook, Lillie Cole, Megan Rigby and Joseph Radford
Centre manager Steven Brogan with Parish CE Primary School, pupils Thomas Wright, Jessica Murphy-Jennis, Kaitlyn Cook, Lillie Cole, Megan Rigby and Joseph Radford
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Artistic pupils from a St Helens school have won £250 thanks to Church Square Shopping Centre.

Shoppers voted for their favourite work among the dozens of paintings and drawings by pupils at Parish Church of England and Garswood Primary Schools, which were on show at the shopping centre as part of the Yellow Door project.

Parish Church of England Primary School, in Charles Street, St Helens, received the most votes and walked away with £250 to spend on equipment.

Teacher Catherine McDonald said: “We were all absolutely delighted that the management here at Church Square allowed us to display the children’s artwork. I know many parents and grandparents have been along to see the display.

“It made the children very happy indeed and helped give them a sense of achievement and pride.

“It’s been a really good exercise in community involvement and, as a school, we were absolutely thrilled to put the artwork on show.

“We run a gifted and talented art club at the school which most of our pupils access at some point during the term.

“I normally teach reception children but I am involved in art projects within school. We are currently working on one collective picture, which is going to go on display at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.”

Church Square Shopping Centre manager Steven Brogan, said he was pleased with the display of artwork produced by the pupils.

He said: “They certainly worked hard and, while some of the pictures were very good, others were absolutely wonderful. I know the display has been popular and we are pleased the children and their families have enjoyed seeing the paintings and drawings.

“It’s important to us that we engage with the community we serve here in St Helens and I’ve no doubt that we have some very talented artists in the town. Well done to them all.”

Parish Primary pupil Megan Rigby’s picture was inspired by artist Henri Matisse’s self portrait while fellow pupil Kaitlyn Cook created her own alien.

Seven-year-old Megan said: “I enjoyed it. It took me about half-an-hour to do and drawing a chair was the hard bit. I liked seeing my picture on show.”

Caitlin, five, added that she was very pleased with her alien and also loved seeing it up on display at the shopping centre.