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Issue No. 121 - 15th November 2006
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Egyptian Decorative Art at JKHS

A fantastic new Egyptian mural, which now decorates the entrance area to the Art block at John Kyrle High School was unveiled by School Governor, Mrs. Joyce Thomas MBE DL on Friday evening, 10th November. Artist in Residence, Claire Milinczuk worked closely with Year 10 pupils at John Kyrle High School, who designed and made the mural during an 'Activities Week', which took place in in July.

Staff at the school took a very active part in the project and Head of Art, Mr. Neil Carroll praised all of the work and effort put in by his staff, Miss Trixie Williams, Miss Julie Richards and Mrs. Wendy Brann, who all put in many hours of their own time to see the project through to its conclusion.

The project was kindly sponsored by Helen Vine and Maxine Williams at Hereford College of Art and NADFAS, the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies, Mrs. Frances Clarke and Eileen Mather from Ross-on-Wye DFAS, Mrs. Pat Harries and Mrs. Paddy Johnson from the West Mercia Area DFAS.

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In the photograph above, taken at Friday's unveiling are Pottery Teacher, Julie Richards, Student Matt Higton, Technician, Wendy Brann, Pat Harries from NADFAS, Students Rees Williams and Becky Waldis, Karen Frost, Chair of Governors, Governor, Joyce Thomas MBE DL, Artist in Residence, Claire Milinczuk, Mayor and Mayoress, Phil and Chris Cutter and Art Teacher, Neil Carroll.

The project began with Claire Milinczuk showing the pupils inspirational imagery from Egyptian culture and explaining meanings within the work. The next phase was to explore various 2D and 3D processes and techniques and both pupils and staff threw themselves into this learning through experimentation with great gusto and enthusiasm.

Temperatures at the time were close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, which was probably hotter than Cairo. This allowed pupils to work both inside and out and certainly aided drying times.

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Claire led discussions in front of the allocated wall space. The Egyptian absorption with death was a central theme and pupils were given a section each and asked to design and make an individual contribution around a central sarcophagus image, in their own chosen media.

Claire wanted pupils to create a border of tiles across the top of the wall space using Egyptian lotus flower shapes. This gave students and staff alike the opportunity to produce their own designs within a common framework. Head of year, Mr. Mark Croad and Head of Education, Mr. Dave Chatwin both joined in with the creative process and made their own tiles. Technology technician, Mr. Howard Jones gave invaluable help, particularly in cutting out the 'flying figure'. Cartouches were made out of clay and contained pupils' names and also the school name in hieroglyphs as a way of 'signing' the wall.

What was once a drab, grey entrance has now been transformed into a vibrant and visually stimulating mural at which all pupils will gain pleasure for years to come.

Pupils involved in the project were Josh Barley, Anita Bedford, Nicola Bennett, Bryony Collins, Kieran Cooper, Faye Coyle, Amy Doughty, Matthew Higton, Sam Morgan, Robyn Powell, Jessica Rice, Rebecca Waldis and Rees Williams.


The Korean Veterans Association Remembrance Service

The Korean Veterans Association Remembrance Service took place at The Prospect, Ross on Wye on Thursday, 9th November. 'Not one of them is Forgotten before God.'


John Norton, Standard Bearer.

John Wilson, Chairman with John Norton, Standard Bearer of the Hereford Branch of the Korean Veterans Association.

Betty Tye, widow of Korean war veteran Clifford, laying poppies at the Ross memorial on behalf of the Hereford branch.

Home Start Are Asking . . .

According to the National Centre for Volunteering, 11 million people say they would volunteer if asked and family support charity 'Home Start' is asking. Home-Start Herefordshire is asking people with professional skills to step forward and be volunteer Trustees, to help guide and oversee its work supporting local families with young children.

The charity, one of 337 local Home-Start Schemes across the UK, helps families with children under five. Parents may be finding it hard to cope because of bereavement, or a multiple birth or due to the disability or illness of themselves or a chid; or even because they are very young, or separated from their own families are helped by Home Start.

The appeal is part of the charity's UK-wide 'We're Asking' campaign, which aims to recruit a further 500 volunteer Trustees.

Jill Hiscox of Home-Start Herefordshire said: 'We need people with a broad range of skills to become members of our Board of Trustees: from managers of small businesses and lawyers, to people with an understanding of information technology, human resources, finance or accounting.

Being a Home-Start Trustee is all about governance. The Trustees don't run the Scheme on a day-to-day basis – that’s the job of paid staff - but are responsible for the vision and strategy of the scheme as well as its finances, staff and property. Whilst this is a serious commitment with legal and financial responsibilities, they have no personal financial liability as each Home-Start scheme is either already a company limited by guarantee or is about to become one.

In return for volunteering for up to 10 hours a month, Trustees will be able to enhance their own skills, knowledge, self-confidence and professional networks and know that they have made a real difference to families in their own community.'

For more information about becoming a Trustee and helping your community contact Jill or David at Home-Start Herefordshire on 01432 371212 or email homestart.hereford@virgin.net. You can call into the office in Phoenix House, 83 Widemarsh street, Hereford, visit www.homestart.org.uk/findus or call the free national information line on
0800 068 63 68.


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