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Poignant Start for New Art Teacher Kelly

Kelly Smith’s debut project as new art teacher at Ramsgate Arts Primary was a tribute to “our inspirational Queen.”

She worked with girls and boys from all year groups to creative a poignant collaborative art work memorial to The Queen that now is proudly displayed in the school.

She said: “It was inspired by the Queen's favourite flower - Lily of the Valley. Pupils from Years 1-6 each produced content for the tribute from a range of styles including print making, drawing and collage.

“I loved putting all the different outcomes together and really think the piece makes an inspirational impact within the school.”

Beside the work is a silhouette of The Queen with one of her inspirational comments in ornate lettering on a gold background. It reads: “The best attributes are universal, encouraging people to combine their efforts, talents, enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”

Kelly is now looking forward to helping enhance RAPS’ creative reputation in the community. She added: “I look forward to making an impact and have lots of creative ideas and projects in the pipeline.”

A teacher for 13 years, she has previously worked in secondary education as an art/design technology teacher and photography specialist. She said: “I decided to make the transition to primary as I've always been very interested in the freedom and creativity that primary art education offers to students.”

Head of School Nick Budge said: “The work for the display montage is representative of girls and boys of all ages. It was painstaking created, with work beginning within days of the announcement of Her Majesty’s passing. Over the weeks it has come together a fitting memorial.

“As a creative arts specialist school we are looking for many more exciting, interesting and thought-provoking projects involving our children under the guidance of Kelly and the art team.”

For more information contact Nick Budge on 01843 582847