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New artwork – new school

Published: 30/09/2014

A new school has celebrated a new term with some fantastic artwork created by the pupils and a local artist in residence. Pupils from the new £6.4m development, Ysgol Ty Ffynnon in Shotton which opened its doors at the beginning of September had the opportunity to work along side professional textile artist Cefyn Burgess. The junior children designed and created material collages representing stories inspired from the tales and folklore of ‘Taliesin’ which was the name of the original junior school on the site that was knocked down to make way for the new building. The infants shared their special memories of Shotton and of their Infant School The Leader of the Council, Chair of School Governors and council officers visited the school to see the artwork and take a look at the new building in action. The modern school replaces Shotton Infants and Taliesin Junior School and accommodates 245 primary and 30 nursery pupils and has been designed to Welsh Government 21st century school standards by Flintshire County Council’s Property and Design Consultancy staff. The school was funded jointly by Flintshire County Council and the Welsh Government and was built by Read Construction Holdings Ltd of Brymbo. Headteacher Helen Hughes said: “The pupils have worked really hard to create these lovely pieces of art which greet visitors in the reception area of our new school. The subject of folk tales of ‘Taliesin’ and ‘Shotton’ links the history of the area and the two schools in the new building together.” Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council said: “Despite times of austerity we’re very proud to deliver this new school. It’s a fantastic building and an inspiring space for pupils to learn. Artist Cefyn Burgess has created some wonderful art with the pupils who were pleased to show us their work and their new school.” The artist residency has been part funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Flintshire County Council and coordinated by the Arts, Culture & Events Section of Flintshire County Council. Photo caption 1 L-R: Artist Cefyn Burgess, John Prichard-Taylor Read Construction Holdings Ltd, Claire Homard Flintshire County Council, Ian Budd Chief Officer Education and Youth, Cllr Aaron Shotton, Leader of Flintshire County Council, Trefor Lloyd Roberts Flintshire County Council, John Donnelly, Chair of Governors and Helen Hughes Headteacher with school pupils. Photo caption 2: Cllr Aaron Shotton Leader of Flintshire County Council and artist Cefyn Burgess with pupils from Years 1 and 2.