Pupils at St Francis Church of England Aided Primary School in Taw Hill will see the results of their blacksmithing in September when a stunning metal cross is mounted on the side of their new two storey extension that will house Key Stage 2 pupils.
Headteacher Clive Westall, who departed for Dubai at the end of term, said, “children from years 3 to 5 were involved with blacksmith artist Melissa Cole to plan and design the cross on the theme of journeys. They then worked with her to pump the bellows on the forge and hammer the metal pieces.”
Melissa Cole has her workshop in Marlborough, and was pleased to get involved with this latest project at St Francis as she has a long relationship with the school. She said, “when the school first opened I made a cross and some birds which fly across a gable end wall, and I’ve have also worked with the children to create a copper water feature. The forge we used is an old Victorian one that would have been used for riveting ships.”
Clive added, “it was a great opportunity for pupils to get closely involved with artwork, using a different fabric and tools to create an original and permanent contribution to the local area. It sends out a message of hope to the community.”
Melissa Cole with youngsters and staff holding the design for the cross