03:50PM, Monday 23 March 2015
A retiring headteacher has come ‘full circle’ to finish her time at her school with the same project she started with 21 years ago.
Oakfield First School in Imperial Road was one of three schools in the Royal Borough chosen to design the artwork to decorate Legoland Windsor’s Hill Train ride ready for when the park first opened in 1996.
The three schools, Oakfield, Homer First School and Clewer Green First School, have now designed new drawings to go on the ride and these were unveiled on Friday, March 13 – the day the park reopened for the 2015 season.
They were based on what children thought they might see in the park and what they would like to see there.
Dr Roz Sendorek, who retires as Oakfield’s headteacher at the end of the academic year, recalled the first time her school took part in the project.
She said: “I started [at Oakfield] in January 1994 and on the day I started there were two pieces of post on my desk. One was from my predecessor saying good luck. The other was a letter saying you can deal with this if you want!”
The letter was an invitation from Legoland asking if the school would like to help design part of the park.
Dr Sendorek remembered how the school got to see the models being made in a workshop under the arches in Windsor.
The whole school was also invited to the park the day before it first opened.
The pupils who created the new artwork were invited to see their designs on the train on Friday.
“It has very much developed since then. It has completely changed,” said Dr Sendorek. “It is like coming full circle.”
Lauren Moss, Legoland spokeswoman, thanked all the children for creating the designs, which she described as ‘wonderful’.
“We’re looking forward to all of our guests seeing them when they next take a trip on the train,” she said.
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