13 Nov

This week’s blog is dedicated to Remembrance Day and the many activities that have been going on at the Learning Centre to mark this important national event.

I’d like to start by saying a huge thank you. We would of course normally hold the two minutes silence in the hall with everyone together. This is not possible at present, therefore we had to be more creative and hold the event virtually. A massive thank you and well done to Miss Kindon and the Nurture Group students who took the assembly streamed live to the rest of the Learning Centre.

Firstly, to our E-Base classes. Here’s a report from Mrs Thornhill..

This year, on Remembrance Day, the students in E-Base 1 discussed why we wear a poppy. Kausar showed that he was very knowledgeable by telling all the students and staff all about Remembrance Day. In Kausar’s words, “Unfortunately, lots of soldiers died in the First World War”. Great knowledge Kausar!

Sarah, Kausar and Mason made a beautiful wreath..

Believe it or not…. these poppies are made from cupcake cases. Don’t they look good?

Suleman and Louis helped to make a lovely picture to put on our classroom door.

Well done E-Base 1

What an amazing display guys, really beautiful!!

Mrs. McDonald’s group enjoyed decorating their poppies, they used glitter, felt, card and pencil crayons to create different textures. They especially enjoyed using the glitter. We then put all the poppies onto a round disc and created our poppy wreath which is now taking pride of place on our classroom door.

Here is the finished poppy wreath..

Now to our regular Year 12 slot from Mrs Keane..

We began our work on Remembrance Day by looking at the Royal British Legion website (click here to visit it). It had lots of interesting information on it.

We made a display of poppies using laminated sheets and tissue paper to create a stained glass effect.

We were very fortunate this week to be able to see and hold some real historical artefacts. Mrs Robinson brought in some of her Grandad’s medals, photos and papers from when he served in the army during WW2.

Arthur Harlock, shown in the family photo, was a Battery Sergeant Major in WW2. He served in Singapore, Burma and India for four years. In the 1930s and 40s, troops had very little entertainment, no TV, cinema and certainly no internet or iPads! To make life in the army a little more fun groups were set up to do songs, dances and plays to entertain the troops (staff might remember the tv show ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’). Arthur was part of an entertainment troop. Luckily for his family, Arthur came home safe and well after the war.

Mr Thompson has been very creative with the Year 12 group who upcycled different items to creative this wonderful poppy wreath which has had pride of place on my office door! Many thanks guys.

In addition to preparing and leading the Learning Centre assembly, the Nurture Group have also been busy creating their own Remembrance display in their classroom.

Mrs Peacock’s Employability Group decided to combine Remembrance Day with the need to wear masks every day. The students decorated their masks with poppies. Each student decided on the way they laid their poppies on the mask.

The students then laid their decorated masks in the form of a wreath around a cross they had also produced.

Mr Blackman’s Year 14 group produced a wonderful poppy mural which was used as a backdrop for the Learning Centre assembly. This is now displayed above the doorway within the main hall.

In our IB base staff and students also entered into the 1940’s spirit, dressing up for the day.

Mrs Knox was really impressed with everyone, reporting: “All the class painted poppy fields and made individual poppies. We all had a dance to war time classics.”

Mrs Brierley’s class have also been very creative producing this wonderful Remembrance Day display.

I will be sharing all or Children in Need news next week so for now. Thanks for an amazing week everyone, you’re all absolute stars.

Take care and stay safe,


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