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A Reflection on the Hares of Hampshire Project


Seeing our three leverets installed in their perfectly framed windows at the Three Minsters House on Wednesday 15 June, has given me much to reflect on.

I am grateful to the PPA and Mr George Burnand for bringing this initiative to us. I am also amazed by their incredible fundraising achievements that will have such a profound impact on the lives of children in the care of the Southampton Children's Hospital through the Murray Parish Trust.

This project has proven to be a refreshing opportunity to engage every boy at Pilgrims' in a public Art initiative with a purpose.

From the initial whole-school Design competition, which gave every boy from Reception to Year 8 the opportunity to conceptualise and propose a design for our three leverets, to working with a committee of interested senior boys that were tasked with selecting a winning concept, to commissioning three outstanding Year 8 artists to adapt the winning concept by a boy in Year 4, so that a group of talented Year 7 boys could paint these three designs, to the two whole-school assembly presentations, it has been a fun and exciting journey getting to this point!

I am very proud of the work our boys have put into this project, and I encourage all of our parents to make the most of both the outdoor Art Trail and the indoor 'Leveret Droves' during this summer. Let us celebrate Hampshire's creativity and our place in a community that seeks to nurture and preserve the lives of our precious and beloved children.

The whole sponsored walk event raised £8,003.45 for the Murray Parish Trust. This included the sponsorship money, the money from the fête and the sponsorship of the Leverets.

John Walters
Head of Art





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