THE BIG STAMPEDE HIPPOS CHARGE INTO HAMILTON SCHOOL
Tunnock’s and The Regent Shopping Centre lead the pack as education sponsors
Pupils from Woodside Primary in Hamilton were joined in the playground by a few exotic friends as they launched The BIG Stampede’s exciting schools project.
The education initiative, which will reach over 15,000 pupils, involving over 80 schools and nurseries, is part of The BIG Stampede, a large-scale art trail organised by Hamilton Business Improvement District in partnership with Wild in Art. The sculpture trail will see a herd of elephants, tower of giraffes, pride of lions, band of gorillas and crash of rhinos stampede into Hamilton in summer of 2017 to raise funds for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
Pupils from across p1-p7 were joined by world famous confectionery brand Tunnock’s and The Regent Shopping Centre who have pledged their support as Safari Community and Education Sponsors, to provide school children across the area with the chance to get involved and decorate baby hippo sculptures. The newly decorated hippos will go on display throughout the trail.
The pupils were treated to a peek of what their hippos could look like with one of the visiting animal sculptures designed as a doctor complete with scrubs to represent the campaign’s charity partner. The colourful hippo was created by P2 pupil, Sam Nisbet’s, mother.
Over 30 schools in Hamilton and across surrounding areas have signed up to take part, including Chatelherault Primary School, Woodside Primary, Hamilton Early Learning Unit and Hamilton School for the Deaf.
As well as a hippo sculpture, participating schools will receive a selection of valuable education resources spanning a number of areas of the curriculum, from numeracy, literacy and art to conservation and the environment, that will help to engage pupils in the learning experience in a fun and practical way.
Alan Burnett, Export Manager at Tunnock’s, said: “When Tom Tunnock founded his small bakery in 1890 his business quickly became part of the local community. His bakery has since been transformed into an international business but the company has always seen itself as part of the community. We are therefore delighted to be associated with The Big Stampede in its worthwhile work in engaging the community, in inspiring schoolchildren, and in donating to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.”
Bill Reid, Centre Manager at The Regent Shopping Centre, commented: “The Regent Shopping Centre is delighted to be sponsoring the exciting BIG Stampede project and working with schools throughout Lanarkshire. It is a fantastic opportunity for pupils of various ages to put their artistic skills to the test while also learning all about the different animals and the valued work which is being carried out by Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.”
The Wild in Art event will bring businesses, artists and schools together to create a spectacular public art event through the streets, parks and open spaces of Hamilton and the surrounding areas and will positively contribute to the economic, social and cultural life of the town.
There’s still time for more businesses to become part of the pack and show their support for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity by sponsoring a safari animal as a Safari Trail Sponsor or a Safari Charity Sponsor.
Gareth Walker, BID Manager at Hamilton BID, said: “We’ve seen high demand from schools across Lanarkshire to participate in this educational initiative and we’re really looking forward to seeing some of the colourful designs from the pupils. The BIG Stampede is all about inspiring locals, businesses and tourists to celebrate the creativity of the area so to be able to capture the imagination of so many young people is fantastic.”
The school’s hippos will join a trail of larger safari sculptures that will be brought to life by artists, both local and national. At the end of the event, each large safari sculpture will be auctioned with surplus funds going to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity while the miniature hippos will be returned to the pupils to set-up home in their schools as souvenirs of the campaign.
Wild in Art is one of the leading creative producers of spectacular, mass-appeal public art events which bring together business and creative sectors with schools and local communities through the creation of city-wide trails of uniquely painted sculptures.
Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director at Wild in Art, said: “The educational element of The BIG Stampede is one of the key ingredients of the project and our education pack provides schools with a range of high-quality teaching materials to engage pupils in learning about a wide range of subjects.”
The BIG Stampede education initiative will build on the success of Hamilton BID’s inaugural project with Wild in Art in 2014, which saw 30 mini ponies decorated by schools canter into town, alongside 25 giant Clydesdale horses, as part of Ready Stead Gallop, which raised £67,800 for Kilbryde Hospice.