Pupils marked war’s centenary with events

Katie Morgan, left, and Alice Thompson, right, are bandaged as part of the armistice events SUS-141118-093938001
Katie Morgan, left, and Alice Thompson, right, are bandaged as part of the armistice events SUS-141118-093938001
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BANDAGED students were one way in which Ormiston Six Villages Academy marked this year’s centenary of the first world war.

The ‘injured’ pupils filled the Westergate academy’s science rooms in sessions called The Human Body at War. These were a series of exercises looking at the injuries the soldiers would have sustained, how they were dealt with and their treatment.

Tracy Clayton, the academy’s marketing officer, said it was proud to have commemorated Armistice Day in the centenary year of the war’s outbreak.

“The day began with students watching a short video in tutor time which explained the tradition of wearing poppies as a mark of remembrance.

“They were then asked to think about either their hopes and dreams for the future or the freedoms they are grateful for in their lives and write these down on paper poppies, which will be mounted and displayed around the academy.

“During the day, lessons were planned around a first world war theme, giving students cause to think and reflect on many aspects of war. Our students seemed really engaged with the lessons that had been planned for them. Those that I spoke to thought that it helped with their understanding and appreciation of the meaning of remembrance.”

Art lessons involved painting remembrance poppies, English featured Wilfred Owen’s poem Dulce et Decorum Est, PE classes drilled students in the military fitness regimes of a hundred years ago and religious studies included a thought-provoking discussion about how the dead are remembered.

Graphics, cooking, geography, history, music, drama and maths classes also looked at the 1914-18 war and its impact.