Pupils create giant artwork at open school to thank NHS staff ‘working to save us from coronavirus’


Children staying at school during the Easter holidays have created their own giant artwork to pay tribute to NHS workers.

The colourful display outside Northwood Broom Academy features a rainbow, a heart-shaped collage, letters made out of hand prints and the simple phrase ‘thank you’.

It is just one of the creative projects the pupils have been immersed in during the daily sessions, which will even run on Easter Monday.

The school is acting as a hub for children of key workers and those classed as vulnerable. As well as Northwood Broom pupils, it caters for those from Grove Academy, in Northwood, and Hamilton Academy, in Birches Head.

Numbers vary on any given day, but five of the regular attenders decided to create the artwork to display on the school railings.

Merrilees Finer-Smith with some of the artwork

Eight-year-old Merrilees Finer-Smith said: “We wanted to say thank you to the NHS staff because they are trying to save us from the coronavirus.

“We painted our hands and put them on paper to make the prints. My other job was to paint the thank you. I like doing art for some reason anyway.”

The Grove Academy pupil enjoys mixing with children from the other schools and has been taking the younger ones under her wing.

Merilees is also proud of her mum’s role helping the public during the crisis. “She works at Morrisons and has a badge which says ‘key worker’,” she added.

“I feel happy coming to school. We’ve been doing lots of things. We’re going on an Easter egg hunt and we’ve been doing chalking. It’s fun.”

Ellie Dale, aged nine, looks at the display
Ellie Dale, aged nine, looks at the display

Across Stoke-on-Trent, around 70 schools are open on any given day during the Easter holidays, catering for 400 pupils.

Many are operating through hubs like the one at Northwood Broom. But the emphasis has been on providing a safe place, rather than formal lessons.

Teacher Cathy Lewis, who is the key stage leader at Hamilton Academy, is among the staff from Esprit multi-academy trust taking turns to run the sessions.

She said: “There’s been a focus on children’s well-being. We’ve been doing loads of crafts. It’s been lovely and the children have been getting really excited.”

Although other pupils from the three schools in the trust are staying at home, they have been given optional challenges to complete during the Easter break.

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