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By Tristan Harris Thursday 15 November 2012 Updated: 22/11 00:40
ALMOST 100 people, including residents and war veterans, went along to Lickey End First School’s Remembrance event last Friday (November 9).
The school’s year four dressed in wartime outfits and were issued with ration books they had made themselves.
The visitors on the day were able to use ration book tokens to get their cup of tea, slice of bread and dripping, humbug sweet and slice of sponge or orange cake - all made by year four children.
Some of the residents brought along their original ration books and WW2 postcards and spoke to the children about their wartime experiences.
And the children were able to showcase their wartime-themed items they had made, which included gas masks and anderson shelters, along with blitz paintings, Spitfire and evacuees posters, photographs and letters they had written to their fathers as if they were at war.
All of the school came together at 10.50am, when members of year four read out poems they had written themselves and then ‘In Flanders Fields’, ‘Lest we forget’ and ‘They shall grow not old....we will remember them’ was recited.
And, after a two-minute silence, the school’s ‘Hummingbirds’ choir led a series of wartime songs and all visitors joined in and sang along.
Deputy headteacher Rebecca Cleugh said: “It was an extremely moving and emotional event - one we are exceptionally proud to have hosted as it is so important to us that children do remember those that gave, and continue to give, their lives for us all.”
And headteacher Mrs Hill added she was very proud of the year four class and staff who led the event.
“The Remembrance event is greatly valued by the school and community.
“Many parents, grandparents and local visitors were extremely impressed by the childrens’ sensitivity and emotional response, as well as their knowledge of WW1 and WW2 - a theme they have been studying this term,” she said.
For more pictures of Lickey End First School’s event, visit www.bromsgrovestandard.co.uk
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