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Marshland High School

Marshland giraffe ‘best of herd’

Artists from Marshland High School took to the streets of Cambridge for a giraffe safari on 16 April.

The 15 students were members of our school’s Art Council and had been taking part in Cambridge Standing Tall, the latest art project from Break – a charity working to support young care leavers in the community.

The initiative entailed schools and businesses in the region sponsoring, designing and decorating a total of 31 large giraffe sculptures and 60 ‘Mini Gs’, which are currently on public display as an art trail around the city.

Marshland’s Head of Creative Design, Vicky Harris, and Creative Technician Nick Swann accompanied the group as they walked the trail, finding the school’s giraffe, ‘Marsha’, on show in the Grafton Centre, where the Year 11 to 13 students were able to admire their handiwork.

“They thought she was the best of the herd,” said Mrs Harris.

It is the fourth time that our school, which is part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, has been involved in the Break Art Trail, with previous sculptures including a hare, a cow, and a dinosaur – all of which now have a permanent home near Reception.

This year’s design was created by Zuzanna Wilkon, who is in Year 7, while Key Stage 3 student Amy Locks came up with the name for the giraffe.

Among those implementing the design were Sasha Maskova, Daniel Rust, Olivia Dudek, Inga Mojecka, Julia Didzus, Roxann Wallington, Ola Wojciechowska, Ksenija Hvesjuka, and Faith Elleray.

The Cambridge Standing Tall Art Trail continues until 2 June, after which many of the giraffes will feature in a charity auction sponsored by Graduate Cambridge and Alan Boswell Group to raise funds for Break.