Saint Martin’s has good links with both the School of Jewellery and the Pen Museum and this was evident in the Year 9’s recent visit.
This is the third year that the School has been fortunate to have students from the School of Jewellery coming in to work with some of the Year 9 girls in their Design and Technology lessons, creating unique pieces of jewellery.
At the School of Jewellery the girls were introduced to the Deputy Principal of the SOJ and shown around by some of the students to the Gemmology Department and the Horology area which is sponsored by Cartier. They saw students at work in the workshops and viewed a laser cutter in the process of cutting out badges, as well as visiting the casting shop.
The girls also had a special treat and viewed the final degree show, which is only on for one week, showcasing the very best of the students’ work.
Mrs Winnett, as Secretary of the Birmingham Calligraphy Society, has excellent links with the Pen Museum. The visit gives the girls a unique experience of the pen nib manufacturing trade in the Jewellery Quarter where over 75% of all the world’s nibs came from in the late 19th century and the early part of the 20th century.
At the Pen Museum the girls enjoyed the opportunity to operate the Braille machine, which embosses dots for each letter of the alphabet, and is able to be felt by a blind person and recognised. Also, they were able to use an amazing array of pens, quills, reeds and even slate pencils in an old school room.