Garway Primary School leavers make commemorative sculpture

(From left) Garway Primary School pupils Dougie Jones, Rhia Neville and Conner Mills.

(From left) Garway Primary School pupils Carrick Egan, Molly Bevan and Leuan Gardiner with Oldfield Forge Academy's Mike Letschert.

Oldfield Forge Academy's Misha Kunkel teaches Garway Primary School pupil Rhia Neville.

Conner Mills and Leuan Gardiner work alongside Oldfield Forge Academy's Misha Kunkel.

The finished sculpture.

First published in News

A SCULPTURE has been made by pupils leaving Garway Primary School to commemorate their time at the school.

Using the school 'house' names as inspiration – oak, silver birch, beech and sycamore – the children chose an animal of their choice which were soldered together.

The group worked with local blacksmiths Oldfield Forge Academy to design the sculpture which will sit in the school grounds.

The firm work with learners of all ages and abilities and provide a bespoke programme for schools.

"This is just the start of what will be a very exciting link between our school and a local business," said headteacher Julie Jones.

"Oldfield Forge Academy provides a wonderful opportunity for our children to work alongside blacksmiths in a real forge and learn some of the techniques of this traditional craft."

Meanwhile, the Academy will be holding an open day at Oldfield Farm on Saturday.

There will be blacksmith demonstrations, with a chance to make your own key ring or hook, as well as plenty of family entertainment.

Proceeds on the day will go towards Indie's Gift, a charity set up by Hereford woman Stacey Martin after her 11-week-old daughter Indie died last year. Indie was born 11 weeks premature and the charity provide guidance and support to parents in similar situations.

This includes 'gift packs' of essential items, such as incubator friendly clothing, blankets and toiletries, as well as treats for parents, like chocolate bars and tee and coffee sachets.

For more information about the open day, call Nicky Heath on 07716 152354 or visit oldfieldforge.co.uk

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