They’re model students!
Excited pupils at a Wearside school created their own mini vessels for the Tall Ships event in Sunderland.
Fulwell Junior School celebrated the visit with two projects delivered with support from arts project the Cultural Spring.
Pupils at the school, in Sea Road, made 3D models of ships, working with North East artist David Wilkinson to produce watercolours, pen and ink drawings and cardboard models of the stern and bows of ships.
Lucy Hill, deputy headteacher at the school, explained: “The arrival of the Tall Ships has provided a perfect stimulus for this, with us being one of the closest primary schools to the sea.”
Teaching assistant Nick Hughes led the construction of the 3D models, which were designed by University of Sunderland student Gary Booth and produced at the city’s FabLab.
Mr Hughes could talk about the Tall Ships with genuine authority – he completed a two-week voyage with the Tall Ships in 1987, sailing the Sir Winston Churchill through a Force Ten gale from Hartlepool to Esberg, in Denmark, and then home to the Tyne via Grimsby.
“The children were really interested in what I had to say, particularly about me being up a mast while a Force Ten gale roared around me,” said Mr Hughes.
Pupils from Fulwell Junior School with teacher Angela Avery and teaching assistant Nick Hughes.