Local MP joins pupils at Benchill Primary School to unveil wood sculpture of its new school mascot

The beginning of October saw a large wooden ant arrive at Benchill Primary School.

Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East was on hand to unveil the ant, alongside competition winner Winston Tshuma to his fellow year six pupils.

Residential construction specialists, Gustav Bonnier challenged pupils at Benchill Primary School to put their imaginations into top gear and create story and a mascot that would represent the school for years to come.

The winner, year six pupil Winston Tshuma, was selected by the team at Gustav Bonnier. Winston aged 10 came up with The Benchill Ant. His inspiration came from how hard-working ants are and what they can achieve, in particular when they work as a team. Winston believes pupils at Benchill Primary should strive to be like the ant, work hard, be resilient and work together as a team.

Tony Lanzbergin, director of Gustav Bonnier commissioned award-winning Cheshire based chainsaw sculptor, Andy Burgess to create the Benchill Ant from wood to sit within the school grounds.

Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East said: “The sculpture looks fantastic in the grounds of the school and I hope Winston is really proud that the Benchill Ant will be there for years to come. It represents his inspirational story and I hope it will encourage his fellow pupils now and into the future to work hard as a team.”

Tony Lanzbergin, director of Gustav Bonnier said: “Winston’s take on the work ethic of ants was great, as it encourages children to work hard. They may be small but don’t underestimate them. Same with our local children. We were delighted to commission Andy Burgess to recreate Winston’s idea.”