July 28 2014 Latest news:
Friday, July 4, 2014
Hunger Games movie star Sam Claflin stands alongside pupils of his former school, in a mural designed to inspire students.
The two-storey-high wallscape, recently unveiled at Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey, was the result of a school-wide vote.
Pupils were asked to nominate students past and present who inspired them.
The highest polling students were included in the design in the school dining area, painted by a company called Fusion.
Its result is more than four metres high, and the youngsters who are pictured in it were in awe – from sixth formers to a conscientious year-seven student.
The talented actor, Sam Claflin, acknowledged the inspiring display from his @samclaflin account.
He wrote: “Thank you so much for including me on your wall of inspiring people. Such a privilege. #costesseyproud.”
Naomi Palmer, principal of Ormiston Victory Academy, said: “The students were pretty stunned when they first saw it. Some of them had seen some projections of what it would look like, but they were all surprised by the scale of it.”
The wall also features inspiring quotes, from the likes of Nelson Mandela and Steve Jobs.
Mitchel Taylor, 16, former head boy at the school, features in the wallscape. He was nominated by his peers as he helped found the Student Ambassadors anti-bullying group.
“At first I was a little embarrassed, but I got used to it,” he said. “My mum was really proud of it. She made it her computer background and she keeps showing the family.”
Chloe Dunning, 16, was picked for her efforts in volunteering for girl guiding. She said: “I was a bit overwhelmed – I didn’t expect I would be on there.”
Year-seven student Sam Steel-Jessop, 12, played a key part in decorating the school for Christmas. He said he was still getting used to his newfound fame. Elliott Hunter, 17, a year-12 student, said it was an honour to be in such good company.
Rachel Hondora, 16, is the school’s former head girl.
She said: “It makes me feel really good about myself that people see me like that, and I want to continue what I’m doing to help others.”
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