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Last Updated: Friday, 24 September, 2004, 06:38 GMT 07:38 UK
Teachers star as Old Masters
Julian Boyce as the Mona Lisa

Schoolmasters at a south Wales comprehensive have turned into 'Old Masters' for a charity calendar.

Teachers at Hartridge High School in Newport have been transformed into some of art's most famous faces.

Staff took the Mona Lisa and Henry VIII as special subjects for portraits of themselves for the calendar.

The school hopes to raise 10,000 for cancer research after a colleague was diagnosed with the illness.

Jimmy Stokes, one of the featured teachers, said: "One of our colleagues is ill with cancer and the art department had created these pictures to try and cheer her up.

"But when I saw them, I thought they were so good that we should do something with them. So we came up with the idea of a calendar.

"The school always has a charity fundraiser every year, but this year we decided it would be for Cancer Research UK.

"It has been a lot of work organising the sponsorship and we have been working with the charity and it has turned out so well.

"Everyone has done such a brilliant job of it, we are hoping that we can raise 10,000 from it."

Mr Stokes, who features as Adam with head teacher Goff Davies as God in Michaelangelo's Creation of Adam, said that 15 staff members starred in the calendar.

Head of art Kelly Booth said: "It took about an hour and a half to create each picture because it was a bit fiddly, but the results are great.

"The kids really love it - they think it is really funny to see the senior members of staff in the pictures.

"There's been a lot of interest already and it is for such a good cause, everyone is touched by cancer," she said.

The school has printed 2,000 calendars and will sell them for 5 each.

Cancer Research UK will benefit from all the proceeds after the school got sponsorship from Boehringer Ingleheim to pay for the printing costs.

A spokesman for the charity said: "This calendar is a fantastic fundraising opportunity which Hartridge High School have come up with.

"We hope that it manages to raise the predicted 10,000 for the vital work which Cancer Research UK carries out on researching the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer, as this will be a significant contribution," he added.

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