Yesterday I had time to go into Sheffield in search of more elephant sculptures before they disappear to jungles new when they're auctioned off in aid of the Children's Hospital Charity. I went on the trail around the city centre and found many of them, including the Little Herd, (those created by the schoolchildren) in the Winter Garden.
Today I'm joining Amy's Five on Friday and sharing five of the schools whose pupils, with the help of their teachers, created these elephants. They are all very different, but each one is imaginatively decorated. I've also included a photo collage of one or two more that deserve to be featured.
1. Welly the Elephant
St Anselm's School ran a competition giving everyone a chance to submit a design. The winning design came from a year 4 child. The panel of children and staff thought her design was very colourful and they liked the way the bright colours blended together.
2. An Elephant Never Forgets
Sheffield High School (Junior School) The design is based on the saying 'an elephant never forgets'. From netball to art, coding club to science, playing with their friends and eating school dinners each pupil contributed to the elephant design by drawing a picture of their favourite memory from the past year on a square of coloured paper. The squares create the Sheffield High School tartan, which is part of the school uniform.
The sculptures are all wonderful, inspired by good ideas with positive messages about the present and aspirations for the future as well as reflecting what these particular children are experiencing in today's modern world. However, my favourite is this Elephant (who never forgets). I like the fact it shows the drawings of so many children in the school who've enjoyed participating in the project and it's a great record of some special moments that they've remembered this past year.
3. Eco Elephant
Nether Green Junior School's design, Eco Elephant, reflects the green city of Sheffield and the children of Nether Green Junior School's desire to create an eco-friendly environment, now and for the future. The design process has been led by the School Council and every pupil in the school has been inspired by the beautiful trees that surround their playground to create their own unique leaf to add to Eco.
You can see the scale of the little elephants from this photo (above).
Acres Hill Primary School's main designer was Hasti Rashid from Year 3. The whole school took part in sharing ideas for their elephant, Heart. They were inspired by Indian prints, patterns and artwork. Patterns from other children at the school have also been included in the final design. The school's golden rule was used to help the students, 'we are gentle, kind and helpful'. The school's motto, 'bringing learning to life!' was also incorporated in the project.
Bradfield's School's elephant design, Bradley, is based on the link between Bradfield School and Sheffield's industry. The feet are the foundations of the city with the industry supporting it. Smoke rises up from the chimneys to create the city's trees and rural heritage. Behind this are cogs, representing the city schools' 'stem' education emphasis. The colours are greys and silvers representing steel.
Top: Emojiphant and Water Ways,
Bottom: Timothea Peake S.T.E.A.M. Elephant and Waffles
Do go and see what others have posted this week or join in yourself if you are new to
the Five on Friday link-up. I know I shall enjoy visiting those participating.
Thank you once more for your kind comments left on my last blog post and as always I wish you
a good day and a very peaceful weekend.