The night before Christmas, a winter wonderland, and other festive scenes feature on beautifully decorated stacks of gifts created by school pupils for the NORWICHRISTMAS Art Trail.

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The trail will be in Norwich until Twelfth Night and sees the art work of 18 schools displayed in venues across the city. We visited every school while the pupils were decorating their present stack sculptures for the trail and are featuring each school online and in the paper. Today we look at the final three schools - Mile Cross Primary, Hewett School and Wensum Junior School

Mile Cross Primary School

The magic of Christmas Eve is the inspiration behind Mile Cross Primary School’s stack of presents.

Year four and five pupils at the Braiser Road School came up with festive theme of “the night of Christmas Eve” for the school’s work of art which is on display at Leeds Building Society in Guildhall Hill.

Headteacher Stuart Allen said it was a fantastic opportunity for the children to be involved in the project and showcase their artistic flair, and he said they had great fun letting their imaginations run wild.

He said: “The children have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of producing the stack of presents, using their imaginations to design imaginative, festive and thoughtful images which portray the true sense of Christmas.”

He said the pupils were also keen to discover all of the other stacks of presents in the NORWICHRISTMAS Art Trail.

Hewett School

Three tiers of Christmas scenes decorate the stack of presents designed by pupils at the Hewett School.

About 25 pupils from year eight were involved increating their school’s artwork which is being displayed at Odeon cinema in Riverside.

Deane Money, head of art and technology at the Cecil Road school, said it was a great project which helped the pupils feel more connected with the city.

He said: “The pupils decided to divide the stack of presents into three. The bottom is a winter wonderland, the next level is lots of presents, and the top is a chimney with Father Christmas.

“The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the project and working with the artist.

“They learnt a lot through organising themselves, working together, and working to a brief. I think a lot of the pupils really got a lot out of the project, and it helped them to connect a bit more with Norwich.”

Wensum Junior School

Youngsters at Wensum Junior School had lots of fun creating a colourful stack of presents for the NORWICHRISTMAS Art Trail.

Ten pupils, two from each class at the Turner Road school, were involved in creating Wensum Junior’s work of art which is on show at Wilkinson in St Stephens Street.

Headteacher Annette McMylor said she thought the trail was a good community project and said the children had a great time creating the art work.

She said: “The decorated stack of presents has encompassed many aspects of the festive season and looks quite spectacular!

“The children enjoyed the opportunity of working with a professional artist and creating a wonderful festive work of art to share with the whole community.

“Many of them are excited about visiting Norwich this Christmas. They hope to complete the art trail with their families and discover the stacks of presents created by other schools.”

The NORWICHRISTMAS Art Trail is being delivered by NORCA (Norwich and Norfolk Community Arts) on behalf of the Norwich Business Improvement District, and it aims to encourage more people to explore the city this Christmas.

For more pictures and information about the trail – including a map of where all 18 present stacks are displayed in Norwich – plus details of how you can enter the trail competition visit the art trail page on our website.

• Share your NORWICHRISTMAS Art Trail pictures at www.iwitness24.co.uk

• Are you involved in a festive art project? Email reporter Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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