School Project Celebrating Scilly’s Church Windows

stained glass school projectPupils at the Five Islands School are embarking on a project to celebrate the glory of Scilly’s stained glass windows.

The project will coincide with the installation next month of the first of two new stained-glass windows, created by Oriel Hicks, in St Agnes Church.

Tresco and Bryher school teacher, Susannah Gates, said each school base will be exploring the windows in their community’s church, learning about the history behind them and the themes and stories that the windows depict.

Then working with artist Tony Minnion, the youngsters will create their own window designs, which will be printed, full size, onto see-through material for display in St Mary’s church and Truro Cathedral.

From Radio Scilly

Tresco pupil Jack Austin talks about the project

Susannah hopes the pupils will draw on real events from their own lives and local history when coming up with their ideas.

Tresco pupil Jack Austin says his class has been studying the parables depicted in the island’s St Nicholas church, and trying to understand the themes, such as jealousy, humility, loss, friendship and forgiveness.

He says each student has chosen a theme and created an image representing a modern version, which they’ve screen-printed with Tony. Jack says the class also visited Oriel’s studio on St Mary’s to see how stained glass windows are made.

And Jack is pleased with the end result, which he says looks just like a real window.