Year 6 historians learn about WWI at St George's College

On Monday 12 November 2018, a day after Remembrance Sunday, 14 budding historians from Year 6 were chosen to go to St George's College to take part in a special History workshop to learn more about World War One and the part St George's played during this war.

Year 6 pupil, Jake, was one of the lucky pupils who got to participate in the workshop and he has written a report about the afternoon's activities.

"When we arrived we were greeted and shown into the College by the Head of History, Mr Barham. He started the afternoon by showing us two big memorial stones outside the College Chapel with the names of all those from St George's who fought and died in WWI. He also told us about a former Head boy, GF Gradwell, and how he had bravely led his team out on the final stretch. He sadly died in the battle. We were all amazed that he had been involved in WWI even though he was only 17 years old.

Later on, Mr Barham showed us to one of the College History classrooms, where he gave us six pages from a book that had the names of all the Georgians who had fought in the war. We scoured the pages and learnt about a few people who were awarded medals of honour, we learnt about some of the injuries people received before they sadly passed away, and we even heard about brothers from the same family fighting side by side. 

After a quick snack break, we had to work in groups to design a new memorial that would make more people stop and look and remember those who fought and gave their lives so that we could live in peace. 

Working with an unlimited budget, each group designed their own unique memorials and then presented these at the front of the classroom. It was a fun activity that really got everyone thinking.

As the afternoon came to an end, we were all very sad to leave, but everyone had a really enjoyable afternoon and learnt so much more about St George's involvement in WWI. I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Barham and Mr Harold for organising the workshop."

12 November 2018

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