School creates clay selfies to mark 40th anniversary

Edith Cavell Lower School

Edith Cavell Lower School

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A school has celebrated its 40th anniversary by creating a mural featuring the face of every current pupil and staff member.
Edith Cavell Lower School, teamed up with Bedfordshire artist Katy Dynes to help the children and staff make a self portrait on a ceramic “coin”.

Katy said: “I spent four days in the school making the coins with the children and staff. They each painted their faces, even the nursery children, who used just gold or silver.

Edith Cavell Lower School

Edith Cavell Lower School

“I then took them home to dry and gave each coin three coats of varnish, bedfore returning to install them on the wall.”

The mural is outside the school’s assembly hall, where children and staff pass daily.

Katy said: “It is a sheltered area, where it is protected from the elements - and the playground!”

She added: “I am so proud and honoured to work with the school, they made me feel very welcome. The project did wonders for the children’s self esteem, it has given then the confidence that they can do art.”

Edith Cavell Lower School

Edith Cavell Lower School

The mural of about 280 coins was unveiled by Bedford Borough Councillor Colleen Atkins on Friday (June 26).

The installation also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the death of First World War nurse Edith Cavell, who was remembered on a commemorative coin issued by the Royal Mint in May.