Pupils tackle chalk challenge

May 30 2018
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PUPILS from Minerva Primary Academy in Fishponds have been taking to the streets in a chalk challenge.

All 300 pupils were sent home with a bag containing a piece of chalk and instructions on how to take part in a competition to draw their school's mascot, an owl called Thor.

The Thor Chalk Challenge was part of a collaboration between the school and Playing Out - an initiative to encourage children to play outside.

Jo Chesterman, Playing Out activator, worked with the children on the project.

She explained: "Minerva is the Greek goddess of wisdom who was often drawn with an owl on her arm - and the owl is the school mascot.  

"The school adopted an owl a few years ago and the chalk challenge was set to coincide with celebrating Thor’s birthday. The children were very excited about the challenge.

"The Thor Chalk Challenge was to give pupils an experience of chalking in their street, as it is one of the most popular activities during Playing Out sessions."

The scheme started in Bristol but is now nationwide. It aims to improve children's well being and build friendlier and stronger communities by organising road closures that allow children to play in the street.

Pupils who drew pictures of Thor on their pavement were then encouraged to email photos of their art work to Jo who then chose six winners - Amie Thorn (Kingswood class); Angel O’Rojy (Westbury-on-Trym class); Ivy and Robin Hughes (Hillfields class and Lawrence Hill class); Joshua Coryat (Fishponds class); Lacey Roderick (Redland class) and Megan Emily Brennan (Bedminster class).

There was also a group entry by Ava Curtis, Leo Curtis, Manha Fatma, Ranu Rebwar, Renwar Rebwah and Rava Rebwah.