Costessey pupils complete painting of Parkour wall at Ormiston Victory Academy

Costessey pupils have been busy with paintbrushes over the last two weekends to revamp a defaced wall.

The Parkour wall at Ormiston Victory Academy was built for youngsters to practise the sport of Parkour which involves jumping across walls and balancing on ledges.

But after it was built at Breckland Park the wall was damaged prompting action by the school's art department.

Teacher Andy Wilson said the school wanted to use art to get pupils engaged with their community again.

He said: 'I have done work with year 11 students trying to promote the arts and it worked really well with them.

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'The students I worked with were quite disengaged. They didn't want to be part of the school or art.'

The school ran a competition for the Parkour project, encouraging pupils to fill out application forms and have interviews about why they should be part of the team to revamp the wall.

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The chosen team then looked at successful murals in America and designed the wall for Costessey with brightly painted Norwich landmarks on it.

They spent the last two Saturdays painting it with the job finished last weekend.

South Norfolk Council funding and lottery funding built the wall, but after it was defaced, Costessey Parish council, Ormiston Victory Academy and South Norfolk Council suggested it be painted.

Councillor Laura Webster said: 'This was a great project from day one, and it has been enhanced by the enthusiasm and skills of young people from Ormiston Victory Academy.

'And whether its providing the pizzas or the paint, the parish council, the youngsters and everyone involved deserve a big thank you for making it possible.'

Martin White from the Sith Art Collective on Heigham Street, donated paints to the project.

He said: 'We thought it was a really great idea to give the students something to get involved with.'

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