Following the huge success of 2016’s Snowdogs, this autumn will see a herd of brightly coloured elephants stampeding across the North East for Elmer’s Great North Parade. One of those Elephants will belong to Wingrove and we need you to design it.

The public art trail, in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice, will be made up of 170 imaginative elephant sculptures based on the beloved and iconic children’s character: Elmer Elephant. The sculptures, together with an app or map, will take visitors on a tour of the region from the beaches to the city centre via forests, parks and attractions. 700,000 visitors are expected to see the trail that runs from 19th August to 27th October, providing a perfect opportunity to showcase the amazing talent we have here at Wingrove.

In preparation for designing our sculpture, children across the school have been learning about Elmer and discussing the important themes of the series, such as diversity, the environment and health and well-being.

A competition was held over the Easter holidays to design our own Elmer. It was won by Zeynab and Harchardneep and you can see their designs below. In addition, we held a competition to name our elephant. The winning name was Salma, which means safe, peace and tranquil. Well done to Ayesha and Saniya for choosing the name.


The Tyne and Wear Metro are also holding a competition of their own to design a Metro carriage in preparation for the trail. Please find details below: