Salisbury pre-schoolers take inspiration from Cathedral's peregines

Salisbury pre-schoolers take inspiration from Cathedral's peregines

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:09am 11th June 2019. (Updated at 8:22am 11th June 2019)

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A new mural's been painted at St Osmunds Pre-School as the children watch the falcons flying overhead each day.

The 2 to 5 year olds have been fascinated by the family of peregrines while they've been nesting just across the road from them.

They've been watching the live webcam from Salisbury Cathedral and asking loads of questions about the birds.

St Osmunds Pre-School Peregrine Mural June 2019
Salisbury artist Paul Hawthorn working on the peregrines outside St Osmund's (picture from Trudy Surman-Roper)

The children have also been asking for the outside of their pre-school to be brightened up a bit.

That prompted St Osmund's to approach local artist Paul Hawthorn and ask him to paint the peregrines onto their building, in the shadow of the Cathedral.

He's created three falcons, with the words 'Nurture', 'Learn' and 'Grow', to provide some inspiration to the children.

St Osmunds Pre-School peregrine mural June 2019
The new artwork outside St Osmund's


Following their interest in the four peregrine chicks that have hatched at Salisbury Cathedral in recent weeks, the children submitted a suggestion to name one of them Perry.

A special draw was held yesterday (Monday June 10th) to choose the names the little ones will be given.

Perry was one of the four name picked out of the hat!

The pre-school say they're delighted to have had their idea included.

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