Sprowston pupils create colourful elephant for city parade

School Council members from Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School with Sathi Ganesh, their decorated elephant. Photo: Steve Adams School Council members from Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School with Sathi Ganesh, their decorated elephant. Photo: Steve Adams

Saturday, March 29, 2014
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An elephant decorated in elephants is the newest pupil at a Sprowston school.

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School Council members Connie Waters and Edward Stanley from Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School with Sathi Ganesh, their decorated elephant. Photo: Steve AdamsSchool Council members Connie Waters and Edward Stanley from Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School with Sathi Ganesh, their decorated elephant. Photo: Steve Adams

Sathi Ganesh has been created by budding young artists at Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School and the colourful creature is soon to join a herd of trunked friends in the Elephant Parade that starts at intu Chapelfield on April 7.

Carina Ingham, headteacher at Sparhawk, said the pupils had a great time creating their elephant art and were looking forward to seeing Sathi Ganesh and friends on display in the Norwich shopping centre.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic and really brought the whole school together as a community because all the children have been involved,” said Miss Ingham.

“The children have created little elephants which we put on the elephant sculpture. We wanted to show that we were all friends and wanted to help the Asian elephant. Our elephant is called Sathi Ganesh, it is Hindi for friend of the elephant,”

She said the children had been working on the project - which has been led at the school by teacher Jade Hunter and parent Alison Utting - since the middle of February and that the pupils had been learning about the plight of the Asian elephants.

A group of pupils will be going to intu Chapelfield for the launch of the parade on April 7.

“The children think it is quite exciting that their elephant is going on an adventure,” said Miss Ingham.

Six other Norfolk schools have also created baby elephants that will be on display alongside 30 adult-sized elephant sculptures.

The other schools taking part include: Great Yarmouth College; Hewett School in Norwich; Smithdon High School in Hunstanton; Reepham Primary School; Roydon Primary School; and Forncett CEVA Primary School.

• Do you have a story about an art project in Norwich? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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