The school commissioned me to make a commemorative sundial with inset mosaic panels, to mark the 150 years since the school was founded. I worked with a small group of Year 5 children to make the mosaic panel inserts, which were made in reverse on sticky back plastic.
The panels depict the following:
- St Michael's school badge & the 4 school house symbols.
- The Victorian school building entrance and Church of England Cross.
- The London Olympics
- The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
St Michael's was built in 1862, but when the new term started in September 1863, the log book shows that there were several children missing because they were still at work. The school day was regularly disrupted by absence for reaping and potato picking. A school inspection in 1868 found the writing to be excellent, the reading fair and the discipline perfect.