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Diss Church of England Junior Academy unveil T-Rex sculpture ahead of GoGoDiscover Learning and Community Programme



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Primary school pupils have finished designing a giant T-Rex sculpture, which is to go on display across Norwich this summer.

Year 4 and 5 children from Diss Church of England Junior Academy unveiled their finished hand-painted wonder piece – the undisputed king of the dinosaurs.

It is set to be exhibited in cultural and leisure hubs across Norwich as part of the GoGoDiscover Learning and Community Programme.

Staff from Dipple and Conway Opticians joined pupils at the school for a picture with the new dinosaur. Picutre: Plain Speaking Agency (55131167)
Staff from Dipple and Conway Opticians joined pupils at the school for a picture with the new dinosaur. Picutre: Plain Speaking Agency (55131167)

Since the autumn term, the budding artists have been busy painting the sculpture, which had been donated to them by a nearby opticians, which has sponsored the programme.

Jane Gooch, art teacher at Diss Church of England Junior Academy, said: “We’ve loved working together as a school community on our T-Rex. It’s been a real team effort and has sparked everyone’s imaginations.

“The finished result features hazel, acer, elder, birch, pine, sycamore, poplar, juniper and cherry leaves, which are the names of our classrooms, so it feels very connected to our school.

The dinosaur will be returned to the school after it has been displayed in Norwich later this year. Picture: Plain Speaking Agency (55131169)
The dinosaur will be returned to the school after it has been displayed in Norwich later this year. Picture: Plain Speaking Agency (55131169)

“The children can’t wait to see it on public display this summer.”

Once the sculpture, named Breakasaurus, has been exhibited, it will be returned so that it can be put on display in the school.

The sculpture was one of three paid for by Dipple and Conway Opticians, based in Market Place, to schools in the area – the other going to schools in Swaffham and Norwich.

Just before the half-term break, managing director Matthew Conway and manager Sally Philips visited the school to see the finished dinosaur design for the very first time.

Mr Conway said: “We decided to donate three dinosaur sculptures to schools in our local communities to give children the opportunity to sink their teeth into this brilliantly fun and educational programme; something that generates lots of smiles while learning about art, science and working together as a school community to create something they can all be really proud of.

“It’s clear to see the children have worked so hard on their sculpture, and everyone has been able to share ideas and get creative.”



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