SET Saxmundham School’s ‘Shine a Light’ Mask Trail around Saxmundham has over 25 businesses displaying masks that students have designed, decorated and painted. The trail runs until 30 June, including half term week to allow families to enjoy the trail.

Businesses in the town have been approached personally by the students and have been keen to display a specially designed board featuring one of the masks in their window.

Inspired by the past and to Shine a Light on people who helped others in difficult situations, the Mask Trail also represents people who are helping others today; highlighting things that are relevant to us all. The students were inspired by many of the incredible people that shone out during the pandemic such as NHS key workers, shop workers, the fund raising efforts of Sir Captain Tom Moore and the work of Marcus Rushford supporting children living in food poverty.

The ‘Shine a Light’ Mask Trail has been delayed due to lockdown, but students are pleased that the trail that they have created can hopefully play a part in attracting visitors to Saxmundham businesses.

SET Saxmundham students have also produced a beautifully drawn map to help everyone find all of the masks and this has been distributed to local primary schools and is also available to pick up in many locations in the town.

Mrs S Thompson, Higher Level Teaching Assistant at SET Saxmundham School, who has worked with the students on the project said “From the initial start of the project, our students have thought about and taken this beyond anyone’s expectation.”

Dora Love Prize
Dora Love, a Holocaust survivor, spent much of her life raising awareness of the attitudes which made the Holocaust possible – intolerance, discrimination and outright hatred of those who are regarded as ‘different’ for whatever reason. Dora Love died on 26 October 2011, but the Dora Love Prize continues her work encouraging school children to campaign against these attitudes that are sadly still far too common. The Dora Love Prize is awarded each year for the best Holocaust awareness project by a school in the East of England. This year the Dora Love project is using the theme set by The UK Holocaust Memorial Day Trust ‘Be the light in the darkness’.

SET Saxmundham School’s project has been featured in the EADT and on Mark Murphy’s BBC Radio Suffolk Show – you can listen to Mrs Thompson and some of the students involved at approx 2 hours 35 minutes in to the programme.