A story in the January Link calling for somebody to help Orchid Vale Primary School hang a heavy stained glass window was spotted by the school site manager who arranged for the job to be done.
The metre square picture of the ancient queen Boudicca was created by children when studying ancient Britain, with help from parent and stained glass artist Sally Price in 2007. But when complete it turned out to be too heavy to be mounted where light could shine through it.
The work has remained in headteacher Debbie Kalynka’s office until The Link asked if it was ready to be photographed in place.
Orchid Vale caretaker Steve Lowe said he approached his boss Chris Greenish, regional education manager for John Laing, who arranged for building firm HB Cook of Minety to mount the picture. “I’d seen the window in its frame on the head’s floor but didn’t make the connection until I read about it,” said Steve.
The builders removed the glass from the frame and attached it to a clear mount before displaying it securely to a wall opposite the school hall.
Mrs Kalynka explained, “we’ve not been able to show it off as envisaged but the sunlight catches it beautifully where it is. We all see the artwork as we come out of the hall. We’re very pleased that John Laing have been able to help us show it off.”
Pictured: Boudicca overseeing admiring pupils, Mrs Kalynka and Steve Lowe