Mrs Trunker and group at unveiling

Mrs Trunker’s makeover

By Fiona Wilkins - April 30th, 2024 | Posted in Article

Mrs Trunker, the elephant who welcomes visitors to St Philip’s School has had a makeover with the help of staff at Chessington World of Adventures. As many of you will know, Mrs Trunker has stood on the school grounds for 15 years but she was looking rather weather-worn.

So, we embarked on a project to give Mrs Trunker a refresh. The whole school got involved with pupils submitting designs, on the theme of unity as part of the I am Festival in 2020. Everyone then voted on the designs and Mrs Trunker was taken away her makeover.

Ben, a student at St Philip’s whose distinctive black and white people were incorporated into the final design explained the elements. He said, “The rainbow is to represent Pride and because people like the colours, the world is to represent diversity and the trees to represent the environment.”

We were very grateful to enlist the help of the art team at Chessington to make our designs reality and repaint Mrs Trunker. Whilst she was getting her repaint, the site team prepared a fantastic spot for her in front of the school.

Mr Walsh, the Principal, thanked everyone involved at a special unveiling ceremony. He said, “Unity for me is about being proud of each other’s talents and celebrating them. What has been really special is how this project has tapped into the talents of our students, of our teachers, of the site team and of the talented artists and Chessington World of Adventures.”

Mrs Trunker was installed in her new spot over the Easter break, ready for the summer term. She is one of the first things that people arriving at the school see and she can also keep an eye on pupils in the playground. It is lovely to have her back!