Art work says thank you to Castle School teachers

June 01 2021
Art work says thank you to Castle School teachers

A SPECIALLY-commissioned piece of art created using words of appreciation to staff from parents has been hung in the reception area at the Castle School.

Designed by a parent who is a professional illustrator, it is a lasting reminder to staff of how much parents valued the support pupils were given during the third lockdown.

The project was the idea of mum-of-four Louise Egan, who has daughters in years 7 and 9 at the school as well as two children at primary school.

Louise said: “The latest lockdown was dropped on them with no notice and within a matter of days my daughters had a full timetable of virtual lessons, and it gave the girls such structure.

“There was never a moment when you thought it would have been any kind of inconvenience to contact the staff. It was always about the safety and well-being of the children.

"The couple of minutes that you get at a parents evening to say, ‘thank you’ didn’t feel enough – we needed to do something.”

Louise got in touch with the Castle School Friends’ Association (CSF), and they jointly came up with the idea of creating a bespoke piece of art based on parents’ messages.

Andy Bethell, the school’s director of development, picked out the ones that would resonate most.

The friends raised over £600 to pay for the artwork to be created by parent Carys Tait, a Thornbury-based illustrator who has sons at the school.

She said her family had also benefited from the "amazing job" the school had done.

Every member of staff received a printed version of the artwork, and remaining funds were used to buy equipment for the school from its Amazon wish list.

Head Teacher Joe Docherty said: “I couldn’t be prouder. The last year has thrown up so many new challenges for all of us, and I have been so impressed with how our students, staff and parents have responded. I’m very grateful to all the parents who chose to fund this lovely artwork, and to Carys Tait the artist. You wanted to thank the staff for all their support, and this is a fitting tribute.”

For more information about Castle School Friends visit www.castleschoolfriends.org.