Pupils at Mowmacre Hill Primary School got an early Christmas present this week when they took delivery of a gift wrapped rocket!
The rocket, or Junior Jet, is a mini version of the full size rockets which make up Rocket Round Leicester, a free, fun, family-friendly art trail landing in July 2021.
LOROS Hospice is working with leading art event producers Wild in Art to create the trail and bring the people of Leicester together to share in the biggest art event the city has ever seen.
Mowmacre Hill Primary is amongst the first schools to sign up for a Junior Jet which will form a key part of the art trail.
The children will be able to design and decorate their own rocket, making it unique to them and their community before it goes to join its big brothers on the rocket trail across Leicester’s key landmarks, streets and open spaces this summer.
Matthew Peet, Headteacher at Mowmacre Hill Primary said, “Our pupils are passionate about their local community, helping and supporting others who live within their neighbourhood. This is a fantastic way for the children to work together as a school and part of the community of Leicester in order to fundraise for a deserving cause such as LOROS.”
There are just 100 Junior Jets available so schools, colleges and community groups are being urged to sign up soon to ensure they can share in this out of this world opportunity.
Laura Betts, coordinator of the Rocket Round Leicester learning programme, said “We’d like to invite schools, colleges and community groups to join Mowmacre Hill Primary and become part of Leicester’s biggest art event.
“Students will love the space theme and learn whilst having a blast! In addition, it’s an amazing opportunity to support young people’s creativity and wellbeing at a time when it’s needed more than ever.”
Supporting schools and colleges to blast off is a comprehensive learning pack, developed by education experts at the National Space Centre, Leicester City Council and Leicester City Football Club in the Community and filled to the brim with great ideas to help teachers bring this project alive in their (virtual) classrooms.
They will also be able to use their Rocket to apply for arts and science awards such as the Artsmark Award, the Crest Award and the Eco School Award.
Funds raised by Rocket Round Leicester will go to support LOROS Hospice patient care.
Click here for more information about the learning programme.
Image: Beth Walsh Photography