Did you enter lock down optimistic about all this spare time you had at home? Did you plan to learn a new language? Organise your house? Learn a new skill? In reality, for most, lock down wasn’t as productive as we would have liked.
However, for one student, the national lockdown was seen as an opportunity to embrace new skills. After researching how diverse the stained-glass industry used to be in the Midlands, Waaiz Mufty in Year 11, decided he wanted to learn the dying art for himself. Every day during lock down, Waaiz set himself a task to complete a stained-glass representation of the Shirland Collegiate Academy logo, a symbol which graces the front of the Academy and is on every pupil’s school uniforms. The process involved breaking down the logo into segments, learning how to cut glass, how to stain glass, how to lead and solder and finally how to cement and polish the final piece. Waaiz and his family gifted the final stained-glass panel to Mr Irish on Tuesday the 20th of October, where it will be displayed with pride in a prominent position in the academy. We would like to thank Waaiz for his efforts and his incredible stained glass panel.