World War One Brought Back To Life At Wey Valley
10:55am 11th July 2014
Students at The Wey Valley School in Weymouth have learned how the First World War affected every aspect of life with a special day themed around the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war.
Every department of the school took part with activities aimed at telling the story of the Great War. Students were divided into four battalions with two “officers” from Year 9 in each battalion.
The whole school took part in an assembly with guest speaker from the Royal British Legion telling of the sacrifices of young people in the war.
Head of history Charlotte Guest, said: “Some of the soldiers in the First World War trenches were the same age as our most senior students. We felt it was important to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war and show how all aspects of life were affected.
“It was a great day of activities. Weymouth played an important part in the war, especially when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps arrived to be based here in 1915.”
The English department saw pupils drafting letters to an unknown soldier with a corridor decorated with bunting and playing period music; in maths students looked at currency conversions for the European currencies of the period.
The PE department staged a re-enactment of the famous Christmas truce football match between German and British soldiers, while in drama trench building was carried out as a role play.
Meanwhile, the dance and music departments staged singing and marching events in the dance hall and the modern foreign language department looked at propaganda.
Year 9 pupils Esther and Josh said the activities added variety to the school day and were “different and fun” while Alfred said: “We learned a lot of new things about World War 1”.
Naomi Turner from the Royal British Legion thanked students and staff at a whole school assembly and commented on the various student activities in recognition of work of service men and women during the war.