Artwork from City Academy pupils displays sun-filled emblem

Artwork by youngsters at 13 cluster schools in Norwich will go on show for the first time tomorrow – revealing their vision of education.

Lead by City Academy Norwich, in Earlham, pupils from more than a dozen schools in the west of the city who work together have been busy decorating their cluster logo.

The emblem, created last year and launched at the Lord Mayor's Procession, is a sun and each school took control of a sunbeam, or wedge, and decorated it to reflect their view of school.Lucy White, community events co-ordinator at City Academy, said: 'We've picked or made objects that reflect the schools – things that make our schools special.'

Some of the objects are specific to the schools – with Wensum Junior School including an image of the River Wensum and many groups including their own school emblem.

Nelson Infant School put a teddy bear on their wedge because pupils going on holiday often take the school bear along with them to take a photograph.

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But others ideas recur on a number of wedges.

'Some of the same ideas kept cropping up – like caring, supporting each other, goals at school,' said Ms White. 'There are lots of hands of friendship.'

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A group of 12 year seven pupils were responsible for decorating the City Academy wedge and chose to put a road running through it to symbolise the progress they make through school.

Emma Holmes, 12, said: 'There's a clock to show the time and the effort we take in our learning.

'We don't think 'I don't like that so I'll rush it', we want to take time and we want to improve.'

James Goldie, 11, added: 'I think the wedge represents not only what we think, but what the school thinks. We put our effort into it because we enjoy school and wanted to represent it well.

'The rainbow is for the differences at school, the smiley faces for how happy we are.'

The artwork will be on show for the first time at a fun day at City Academy, at the Bluebell Road entrance.

It runs from 10.30am to 2pm on Saturday and is open to anyone.

Above: City Academy Year 7 students with their cluster emblem with each wedge representing one of the Academy's cluster schools. From left, the 12-year-olds are, Dylan Strike, Kevinas Valeika, Jade Branigan, and Emma Holmes. Photo: Denise Bradley

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