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OUR ELMER,'LITTLE BERTHA', AND HER HEATH SCHOOL JOURNEY

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Everybody at Heath is very excited to be involved in Elmer's Big Parade, Summer 2019.  This fantastic project, in support of St Elizabeth Hospice, will see over 100 indivdually painted elephants pop up across Ipswich.  Our very own Young Elmer's journey started at the beginning of January in a secure Elmer warehouse in a secret location.  Under the cover of darkness, Mr Whatley collected Elmer and transported him back to Heath in a special elephant transport carrier. 

COMING UP WITH A DESIGN FOR OUR YOUNG ELMER

In order to come up with a design for our Young Elmer, we decided to ask our school community to send in their design ideas.  We were inundated with a plethora of amazing ideas and it was great to see that in many cases whole families had worked together on their Elmer design.  In the end, we decided to amalgamate all the design ideas that we felt best represented Heath School and create one final design.  It was Mrs Whatley's job to produce the final colour version of this design.

THE DESIGN PROCESS

THE BIRTH OF 'LITTLE BERTHA'

When creating our final design, we also came up with a name: 'Little Bertha', after Bertha Moorfield, who was the first headteacher of Heath Primary School.  The design itself incorporates a number of the ideas that were sent in by our children and families, and reflects the many aspects of school life at Heath Primary.  The trunk of the tree on our school logo starts on Little Bertha's trunk and the spreads out onto her head with the branches extending out towards her middle.  The leaves on the tree will be made by children's thumb prints, meaning that every child in school will contribute to the finished design.  Little Betha's back end is divided into 4 jigsaw pieces, a symbol we use a lot in school to signify the importance of working together as a community.  Each jigsaw piece represents one of our Houses: Dragon House, Griffin House, Pheonix House and Thunderbird House.  Little Bertha is also wearing a super hero mask to represent the super hero learners that champion the different Learning Powers we use in school.  Finally, in a respectful nod to David McKee's original Elmer, Little Bertha is wearing patchwork socks in the Heath School colours.

THE FINAL DESIGN

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