Children fly the flag

Published on: Friday, 17-July-2015

Pupils from Kirkby put their artistic skills to the test to design a flag which reflects how proud they feel to live in Knowsley. 

Children aged 7-11 from Park Brow Primary were invited by their local MP, George Howarth, to submit a flag to represent their local area for the Parliament 2015 Flag Project. Alongside schools across the UK, they were challenged to design something to mark two significant historical milestones - 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta and 750 years since Simon de Montfort’s 1265 Parliament.

The children worked on their designs during art club, talking through their thoughts and feelings about both their school and local area. Their chosen design is inspired by the Knowsley Council logo, but with the inclusion of a green star and the borough’s official crest.

Head teacher Miss Valmai Roberts, said: “The children spent a lot of time thinking about how they could best represent Knowsley through the artwork for a flag and we are all very proud of all the designs which they came up with.

“Taking part in the project prompted the children to think a lot about their local area and what being a good citizen is all about. It was also a really exciting opportunity for them to create something which will be displayed with pride for years to come in the school.”

The chosen design was by 10-year-old Isabel Whitelaw from Year 5. Isabel included green on the flag to represent being kind to the environment and recycling, while the star is personal to the school, symbolising its values of respect, pride, potential, caring and happy.

Since the competition the school have been supported by Knowsley Council to have Isabelle’s design made up into a real flag which the school now has on display in pride of place for all to see.

Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Well done to the children involved who have worked so hard creating this artwork to reflect our borough. It is great that the children of Park Brow feel so proud of their school and local community.”