Flag celebrates school life - and a cat

By Barrie Hudson - 12 September 2020

Primary

A new flag celebrating life at a Swindon primary school has been unveiled.

  • Teacher Kirsty Bragg, left, with head teacher Frances Billinge and the school mascot at the flag-raising ceremony

    Teacher Kirsty Bragg, left, with head teacher Frances Billinge and the school mascot at the flag-raising ceremony

The Haydonleigh Primary School flag, designed by teacher Kirsty Bragg in a contest among staff, was raised on the school flagpole for the first time in a socially-distanced ceremony watched by pupils and conducted by Mis Bragg, head teacher Frances Billinge - and the school mascot, a black cat.
The cat is at the centre of the design, surrounded by images of the school community in a range of activities.
Haydonleigh chose its mascot in honour of a black cat seen on the site while the school was being built.
The head teacher said in her speech: "During lockdown I asked the staff to design a new flag to welcome our community back to school.
"I wanted to attempt to symbolise our values, our togetherness, our joy at reuniting - and a sign that we are back and ready to be as amazing as ever."
The head teacher also praised Morrisons and its representative Sandra Graver, for their work in liaising with the school on a range of projects.
These have included a recent charity effort in which the head teacher walked 100km - about 62 miles - for a charity.
Miss Bragg said: "I really wanted to incorporate the unity and the togetherness that we have at Haydonleigh."
The images of pupils around the cat, she added, symbolised the fun and creativity of school life.

 

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