It sounds like an April Fools joke but there actually has been a giraffe in the classroom at a school in the Fens.
Pupils at Marshland High School in West Walton created Marsha who will have pride of place as part of a sculpture trail featuring the animals being created in Cambridge to support the charity Break’s work with young care leavers.
Marsha will join dozens more who will have a new home on the city’s streets next year.
“Marshland has been involved with the Break sculpture trail for many years,” said Vicky Harris, Head of Creative Design at Marshland, a member of the West Norfolk Academies Trust.
“Our relationship with the charity and the project has grown, and we are now part of the promotional material to introduce new sculptures and projects to all. Our first sculpture was the Hare and we have been part of the Hare, Cow and Dinosaur sculpture trails.”
With the Cambridge Standing Tall trail scheduled to take place in March, the Marshland students have been working on their giraffe, implementing a design that was chosen via an in-school competition.
“There was a whole-school opportunity to design the themed giraffe sculpture,” continued Mrs Harris. “Students were given a template that they could then design as they wished. They also had a chance to name the giraffe. The winning design was then selected by our Arts Council.”
Zuzanna Wilkon in Year 7 had her design chosen for the sculpture, while Key Stage 3 student Amy Locks came up with the name Marsha for the Marshland giraffe.
The young artists working on the project also include Sasha Maskova, Daniel Rust, Olivia Dudek, Inga Mojecka, Julia Didzus, Roxann Wallington, Ola Wojciechowska, Ksenija Hvesjuka, and Faith Elleray, all of whom are in Key Stage 3 at the school.
The work is expected to take several weeks, and is due to be completed by the end of this month.