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Highfurlong Hattie

Highfurlong School are excited to be taking part in Elmer's Big Parade Blackpool from 13th April until 9th June.

Elmer promotes positive messages about inclusivity, courage and friendship, we knew we had to be part Elmer’s Big Parade and this amazing opportunity to have our very own Elmer that would become part of the Highfurlong family. 

The free, family-friendly art trail – a collaboration between Brian House Children’s Hospice, Wild in Art and Andersen Press, brings David McKee’s popular children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant to life.

The trail will be open to all from Saturday 13th April until Sunday 9th June  where over 30 large Elmer sculptures can be seen. These have been decorated by artists from all over the country to include the celebrity Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen with his ‘Elmer Elaganza’.  The smaller Elmer’s, a herd of 30, have been decorated by some of the Fylde coast’s children and young people, each designed and painted by local schools and youth organisations from across Blackpool. Each of the smaller Elmer’s have raised a minimum of £850 each for local Charity Brian House. 

Hattie's Story

All of the children at Highfurlong were asked to come up with a design for Hattie. There were so many beautiful designs, lots that included the traditional squares associated with Elmer, the Teachers found it very diffcult to choose just one but they knew that we had to stick to Elmer’s routes  and make sure Highfurlong Hattie included squares but also be inclusive of what Highfurlong is all about.  

Our design is inspired by our school and our pupils. Each of our children are unique and this is reflected in the design. Hattie’s skin, like Elmer’s, makes her one of a kind. Hattie’s patchwork will be made of symbols inspired by the communications boards we use in school everyday. Communication boards are part of our total communication approach that supports our children to connect in the right way for them.  Elmer is loved by his herd for his uniqueness, Hattie will be loved for being one of a kind too! She will reflect what makes our children amazing, unique and strong.

Hattie Christmas!

Hattie visited all the children before the Christmas holiday to thank them for helping them design her new colourful skin. 

The making of Hattie - The communication Champion

After some careful consideration the key phrases and words were chosen that would be placed on Hattie’s skin. These included all of the class names, our school motto, Inspire, Challenge, Believe as well as other words that the children and staff associate with Highfurlong School. The background colours chosen represent the five curriculum areas, green for Think and Explore, purple for Create and Inspire, blue for Move, pink for Play and yellow for Communication. 

Highfurlong Hattie can be found at the Solaris Centre Blackpool from Saturday 13th March until Sunday 9th June. 

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See you all again soon! Highfurlong Hattie