Hartismere School

An outstanding coeducational secondary school and sixth form college

Unveiling of the Hartismere Glass Mosaic :: July 2015

Hartismere Art Department proudly unveil the new mosaic stained glass window. Pupils, Parents and staff welcomed members of the National Association of Decorative& Fine Arts Society or NADFAS to school to celebrate the completion of our fantastic new stained glass window. This project was totally funded by the generosity of the locally based arts charity Diss DFAS. 

Initially, we were contacted by Jane Fishwick from DFAS and she asked us if we would like to get involved with a community-based art project. Jane had only two specifications on how we had to spend the money and what the project should be.  Firstly, we had to get as many students as possible involved with the making of the art work. Secondly, Jane asked us to create a legacy piece of art to be on public display and remain in school for along time to come. We came up with a plan to make a stained glass mosaic window.    

This has been a wonderful opportunity for our students to work with Teri Lockton a local glass artist to create a beautiful piece of art work that will displayed in Hartismere School for many, many years to come. Our pupils have thoroughly enjoyed this experience and are very proud of their contributions to the making of the window. This has been made possible with the fantastic generosity of Jane Fishwick and Diss DFAS. The window really looks stunning.  

 Teri Lockton said that after initial consultation a plan began to emerge about how to proceed.  The theme chosen was the school shield and the school colours blue & gold.  Because the school shield is a circular shape, and the windows where the work was to be fitted were tall and narrow, a design solution was not immediately obvious.  It was such a pleasure to work in the school as the students were a joy to work with.  They showed real interest in the different techniques and materials, asked intelligent and thoughtful questions, and were at all times well-behaved and courteous.  In fact, I enjoyed my week in the school so much, that I stayed on for another 2 weeks, over the Easter break, and was very sorry to have to take the panels home to finish them off!   The windows constantly change colour depending on the time of day and the light. We are already looking forward to watching how they will reflect and absorb the different types of light in the many seasons ahead. 

At the unveiling last night pupils presented flowers to both Jane Fishwick and Teri Lockton to say thank you for all they had done to make this project happen. Well done to all the pupils and staff involved in making the window it is simply stunning.

P Hayward-Nicholls :: Head of Art