As a member of the Art Teachers’ Forum, Ashfield School Art teacher Jessica Hinett-Barker was moved by a project proposed by the forum following contact with the Art teacher from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the scene of the horrific recent school shooting. As a gesture of support for the tragedy-hit school, the Forum asked its members to work with their students to create message-bearing paper hearts which will be sent to their colleagues in America to be displayed in the school’s halls. Miss Hinett-Barker is pictured here surrounded by some of her students’ hearts, which will be sent off to the High School after Easter.
Miss Hinett-Barker said of the experience: “After watching and reading the students’ accounts of what they experienced on the day of the shooting I was absolutely heartbroken. I felt for the parents who waved their children off to school that morning, the courageous teachers who sacrificed their lives to protect their students, and the loved ones of all those who lost their lives. When I heard of this initiative to bring colour and hope to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I knew our students would love to contribute. Like me, they were really moved by the events and loved the idea of decorating the hallways of the school with messages of support for the students. Ashfield Students and staff have shown great kindness, compassion and creativity in supporting this challenge.”