Gorse Hall goes wild for snowman sculpture

YEAR five pupils from Gorse Hall Primary in Stalybridge have decorated a giant snowman which is on public display in Salford.

It forms part of the Snowman Art Trail that can be seen at MediaCity until January.

It is created by Wild in Art, the group behind this summer’s hugely popular Bee in the City trial.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ story The Snowman, Wild in Art designed 12 giant snowman sculptures themed around The Twelve Days of Christmas. They will be on display until January 6.

As part of the initiative, Gorse Hall and other schools had the chance to take part by decorating their own smaller one-metre tall snowman sculptures which had been decorated by children.

They will be on display until January 13 before being returned to the schools that created them as a lasting legacy.

Gorse Hall named the initiative ‘Our Advent…ure with the Snowman’ as it was based on the advent calendar.

Teacher Kathleen Hughes said: “We were excited and absolutely thrilled to be part of this.

“Children designed snowmen in classes before half term and came up with a class design to take part in our school competition with 5GB’s the winning one.”

Year five pupil Kemi gave the Correspondent a guide to the snowman which incorporated the school’s bee rules, The Twelve Days of Christmas, school logo, 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and Stalybridge’s links to Beatrix Potter, LS Lowry and Jack Judge who wrote It’s a long way to Tipperary.

Pupils visited MediaCity to look at their snowman and others on the trail and also be involved in workshops and other activities.

Headteacher Alexandra Flood was delighted and said: “Art empowers children to be creative and expressive.”

The giant snowman sculptures are to be sold at an online charity auction to raise money for the BBC Children in Need. 

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