14.05.18

Norfolk schools decorated leveret hitches a ride on open-top sightseeing bus

A leveret decorated by children at a north Norfolk school for this summer’s GoGoHares trail hitched a ride on Norwich’s open top sightseeing bus.

This summer’s GoGoHares trail will see a trail of 50 hares to celebrate the 50th birthday of Norfolk children’s charity Break and its 50 years supporting vulnerable children, young people and families.

Norfolk schools, community and sports clubs are involved in the GoGoCreate project to decorate a leveret, the name for a young hare, which will be placed around the city in a wide range of locations from July 2 to September 2.

Corpusty Primary School’s leveret is called Dandelion, and, thanks to Norwich’s open-top tour bus operator David McMaster, it enjoyed a ride last week, stopping off at The Forum, in preparation for the trail.

The school and nursery has just 89 children on roll but they were delighted to create designs for their very own hare.

Inspiration for the design came from the village’s bonfire night event every November.

After a long winter, the village green looks rather sorry for itself, but the children took their inspiration for Dandelion hare from the carpet of golden dandelions that return every spring followed by a drifting mist of parachutes as the seeds spread. It’s a spectacular sight, much-loved by the children.

All the children’s designs began with a circle and feature not only dandelions but also parachutes, moths and stars.

Meanwhile, a team of steady hands worked on painting the background with essential support from parents. Pupils have also been learning about hares – collating factual reports and writing some incredible poetry.

Headteacher Dan Buddle said: “Our leveret was purchased with money raised by the children and parents and we were determined to make the very most of their investment.

“At the same time as helping Break, I think we’ve really benefited with children, parents and staff united in the task of realising a design that is totally about us and our immediate environment.”

Peter Marron, GoGoCreate co-ordinator, said: “The creativity shown in the sculptures for the educational element of the project have been outstanding and this school is no exception.”

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