Orchid Vale Primary School in Haydon End is looking for the help of an enterprising trades-person who can help them solve the problem of where and how to display a handmade stained glass window.
A feature of the school is the large coloured glass panes installed during the building in 2007, but a children’s art project in 2009 to create a stained glass window came to a halt after it was found to be too heavy to display.
Year 4 pupils from Grasshopper class pieced together the picture of Boudicca, the queen of the Iceni, working with parent volunteer and stained glass expert Sally Price. The one metre square panel shows the formidable Boudicca, flame haired, dressed in a blue cloak and holding a long spear.
The youngsters had investigated Boudicca’s life and times which included a trip to the Corinium museum in Cirencester to look at mosaics and learn more about the Romans in Britain. On returning to school, the Year 4 children imagining themselves as the indigenous Iceni discovered that the ‘Romans’ in Year 6 had taken over their classroom to stimulate a discussion about the Roman invasion of Britain.
Later they studied drawings of Boudicca and came up with their own designs for their glass mosaic. The plan was to display the window in the entrance to the school but it’s been kept safely in headteacher Debbie Kalynka’s office for well over a year and she would like some help to resolve the problem.
She said, “it’s a shame that we’ve not been able to display the window, so anyone with a carpentry skill or a good engineering idea to overcome the problem of how to hang it would be very welcome.”
If you can help contact Mrs Kalynka at Orchid Vale on 01793 704003.