BY CALUM FRASER
A magnificent mosaic was unveiled at a primary school by a local MP
Marsha de Cordova, MP for Battersea, cut the ribbon for the mosaic created, in part, by pupils of Shaftesbury Park primary school.
The mosaic, which depicts a history of the school and the surrounding area, is 36m long and spans the whole length of the outside area.
Ms De Cordova said: “It was an honour to be invited to Shaftesbury Park school to open their beautiful new playground mosaic.
“I want to congratulate all of the parents, volunteers and staff for all their hard work on this brilliant project.”
Chairman of the board of governors, James Cousins, first proposed the idea as a way to recognise and celebrate the traditional housing estate which formed the surrounding community and the school.
Pupils, parents and other members of the community worked with artists to create it.
The younger children made ceramic pieces and the upper primary children created the mosaic.
They cut the tiles, made designs and worked together piece by piece.
Mr Cousins, who lives in Elsley Road, said: “I love the way the whole school was involved.”
Pat Diment, of Tyneham Road, has been a resident of the Shaftesbury estate her whole life and helped with the mosaic.
She said: “I visited the school earlier in the year and helped paint a few of the tiles, along with my cousin.
“They have now been put on the most amazing mosaic which is on the playground wall. I’m impressed.”
The project took a year to complete and it was finished off by a team of artists and volunteers from Art4Space.
Shaftesbury Park is a maintained school in Ashbury Road that provides children with the opportunity to learn in a bilingual environment, with half of their classes taught in French.