short article below was sent to us by Jennifer Loy who helped the
pupils of St.Finbar's Primary School to realise this fascinating
FINBAR'S - WITHIN FAITH INTO THE COMMUNITY
idea of the mosaic developed from St. Finbar's Primary School in
Sans Souci, Sydney, being keen to mark their Jubilee celebrations
in a permanent way.
design is based on the idea of the relationship between an individual
and the school community, providing a direction for life in the
wider community. The school has 220 pupils and the mosaic is situated
in the playground.
the centre of the mosaic is a small, glass pebble, which is set
into the jubilee symbol, hand cut from sheet glass. Each child made
a fish from vitreous glass and they were all set into a ceramic
background. Each fish had an eye made from a single glass bead to
echo the central feature. The jubilee themes radiate out from the
photographs show the children of St. Finbar's during a week long
workshop at the school.
The mosaic was an interesting project on several levels, not least
of which was the enthusiasm of all the children, including the boys,
to take a creative part in the workshop. The practical aspects of
the medium enabled them to feel comfortable with the artistic side
of the work.
It was a very enjoyable project to be involved with. The children
love the idea that the mosaic will be permanent and are justifiably
proud of their achievement."
appears that this project was a family affair, as Jennifers mum
was available to keep the children in order. She even learnt a few
things herself and was confidently cutting tiles herself by the
end of the week.