An ‘udderly’ fantastic opportunity!
Little Paxton Primary had the privilege of taking part in a world class creative event! Wild in Art came to Cambridge in summer 2021 (after a year delay due to Covid restrictions), with ‘Cows About Cambridge’; it was the largest creative event ever held across the city. The children at Little Paxton Primary raised the money to adopt a mini-moo sculpture (to design and paint) in order to be a part of this public extravaganza. 45 mini moos, representing schools and community groups from across the region, joined some 44 full-size Cow sculptures, sponsored by local businesses and designed by artists, to create a world-class public art project that is became the talking point for the city between 28th June – 4th September 2021.
We launched our mini-moo project with a ‘ca-moo-flage’ day on Friday 27th September, 2019, when e invited the children to dress-up for a day with a difference, and wear clothes that had some animal print on or camouflage for a donation of £1. This money went towards adopting our mini-moo and our fabulous PTA helped us with the remainder of the balance – excited to ensure every child had this opportunity to be involved in a world class art trail across Cambridge.
Every child in the school submitted a design idea which was to celebrate everything we love about Little Paxton. This meant that together the children created a sense of ownership, participation and pride towards the place we live and our school within their design. A panel of children then identified common themes, ideas and selected their favourite elements, including our school logo, positive messages, the local environment and 14 birds to represent our 14 classes at Little Paxton Primary.Names for our mini-moo were requested and then every class voted on their favourite name. MeMoo was the winner, as there is a little of everyone in her overall outcome and she feels very much part of each of us. Meaning everyone felt she was their mini-moo.
Facilitating every child and every adult the opportunity to paint MeMoo was some logistical undertaking! She was carried from class to class and each child was given a small section to paint. The staff had just 1 day to outline the children’s painting! The staff thought this was brilliant and very therapeutic and asked for more projects like this.
Children, parents and teachers alike could not wait to get to Cambridge and explore the trail to find our MeMoo and the rest of the herd. We had to wait a whole 14 months before the trail went live, due to the global pandemic.
After the art trail was over, our mini moo found her forever pasture back at here at Little Paxton Primary school. The full-size cow sculptures have been auctioned to raise vital funds for the charity Break.
“Having the opportunity for the children to be involved in such a creative event was not to be missed! We have had lovely feedback from the children and staff! The whole project has brought smiles to everyone’s faces.” – Mrs McAuley-Eccles, Subject Leader for Art & Design.