They’re model stu­dents!

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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.

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