Chepstow School Remembers 100 Years
As a school community, we felt it important that we pay tribute to such a significant event. During the weeks preceding Armistice Day, all of our staff and students made poppies and dedicated them to those who lost their lives in the Great War.
In addition, pupils across several curriculum areas were engaged in learning activities which directly commemorated the centenary. These activities culminated in commemorative services held for all staff and pupils in our school. We were also privileged to have had members of the British Legion, parents and ex-service men and women join us.
Lisa Griffith, Y10
Going from class to class I filmed the students creating their poppies for Remembrance Day before they were hung from a net over the Arts Hall.
Using a pipe cleaner for the stem and some red card for the petals, the students created at least one poppy each ( as well as a lot of mess!).
I edited the photos and videos to match the length of the music which, along with the other videos, was played at the beginning and end of the services and throughout the afternoon for all to see.
Mr Rhidian Phillips
I was truly honoured to be involved in the memorial services on such an important occasion. We honour our heroes, remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication, and say "thank you" for their sacrifices.
I read one quote that said that, “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.”
It's this level of bravery and sacrifice that we must ensure is never forgotten.
I introduced Evan and Rhys Kennedy. It came to our attention during Mrs Mellen’s recent year 9 English lesson with Rhys, that his and Evan’s great grandfather fought in World War I. He was 18 years old when he left to join the Machine Gun Corps. Rhys informed Mrs Mellen that his family had a poem which their great grandfather wrote to his wife Ethel whilst he was away at war. Rather than reading it out, we decided to create a short film to present the poem.
Lisa Griffith in year 10 helped to create the film, with the accompanying music composed by Callum Spooner in year 13.
Lisa Griffith, Y10
I was asked to put together a video based on a poem that Rhys and Evan Kennedy's great-grandfather wrote for his wife whilst in the trenches during World War I, using the recordings of five students reciting the poem, along with a series of images linked to remembrance and a piece of music called "Remembrance Peace," compsed by Callum Spooner.
What I thought would be a simple task turned out to be quite the opposite, with editing at late hours and various technical problems, but of course it was all worth it in the end for the amazing outcome.
Mrs Rachel Jeffery
Our Y10 students were tasked with the project of producing a very personal piece of digital art within the Remembrance theme, using their own photography.
Photos of students were taken on the school iPads and they brought in photos from home of their family members who fought in the war. The whole class used photoshop to create the work. Niamh Goodwin and Eve Wilkinson helped with the animation of the digital images via Powerpoint and projections on to silk. Lisa Griffiths edited the sound track.
These are the results; we hope you enjoy them.
Lisa Griffith, Y10
This project highlighted the amazing work that the Art and Graphics students produced using Photoshop. My job was relatively simple: to overlay some music to the series of artwork. The finished result was beautiful and highly rewarding.
Mr Dave Rawlings
To commemorate the centenary of the Great War, Year 9 students in history delved into their own past to discover the personal experiences of their families during the war. Our students were concerned that, if these stories weren’t recorded, they would be lost forever. At the same time they raised a desire to share the accounts of their ancestors daring and bravery with their peers and the wider community.In order to fulfil this brief students have created a QR code trail around Chepstow Town Centre and School. Scanning these QR codes reveals the story of a relative of one of our Year 9s, with exploits ranging from zeppelin raids to acts of heroism on the Western Front. We urge you to get hold of a QR code app and discover the voices of Chepstow’s past.
Miss Victoria Roach
I wanted to share with you the fantastic work completed by Year 8 this term. Obviously understanding how important it is to truly grasp and understand the impact of the First World War and with it being 100 years since the First World War started; we wanted to do something special. Year 8 did a big research project at the start of term and we read texts inspired and influenced by the First World War. We then read the famous war poems by poets such as Wilfred Owen. We wanted to create something specific and emotional from us so the most appropriate and fitting was to create our own war poems. We were fortunate enough to work with a local poet, Matthew Hutt who did a workshop with students to help them emotionally engage with poetry and explore its significance. Some students chose to write from their own point of view looking back over the last 100 years and others tried to imagine what it was like to be a solider and wrote from their perspective.
This is a book of remembrance for former pupils of Larkfield School who died in World War II