Remembrance DayOn Sunday 12th November Winston Churchill School played a key role in the community's Remembrance Sunday service in Jubilee Square, Woking. Our Head Boy and Head Girl, Eddie Day and Maisie Hopkins, lay the wreath underneath the memorial with representatives from cadet groups, the scout movement, local army barracks, military veterans, as well as religious and political leaders. We had our Senior Prefects Lyndon Khan, Jessica Wheeler, Nishant Vats and Charlie Wayne handing out the Service of Remembrance booklets to both organisations within the Square and members of the public. All dressed in their school uniform in a biting wind, they remained composed and professional throughout. It was lovely to also see dozens of Winston students dressed in their cadet or scout group uniforms standing around the Square, taking the time to show their respect for those who gave their lives, fighting for us.
This year we also provided the Service of Remembrance's poem. The English department held a war poetry competition in October and the winner chosen from a short list of four poems was Freya Edward's poem 'The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month'. It was incredible during the service how she confidently read her poem to a crowd of over three hundred people. Standing in the audience, Ms Elkington, Ms Perkins, Mr Johnson and Ms Strachan, felt proud to be associated with Winston Churchill School and would like to say thank you to all the students who shivered their way through the service, giving up their Sunday morning to help the local community remember.
Suffragette Radio Show8WG took a trip to the Surrey History Centre on Wednesday morning. Their aim was to find out about Suffragette's in Surrey to help them prepare their radio play which will be recorded in January. 24 of the students arrived at the Surrey History Centre at 9:30am and were greeted by Jane, the producer and organiser of the project, and Grant, the script-writer. Students took part in three different activities. Students were given a tour of the centre which was really exciting and interesting. They first visited the archaeology room and saw some artefacts from a WW1 and WW2 prisoner of war camp that had recently been excavated. The tour also included meeting Jeff who restored documents, and a visit to the archives where there were 6 miles of documents with the oldest document dating from the twelfth century. Students were allowed to handle and interact with some of the material from the archives. They examined it to try and gain a better understanding of the Suffragette movement in Surrey and the actions the Suffragettes took.
The rest of the students worked with Grant to start creating characters for the radio play. They were given copies of the 1911 census from Peaslake in Surrey and were invited to choose a person that they could build a character around. It was really interesting to find out the different occupations held at this time with 'cowman' being the most popular among the students! Students really engaged with the census' and realised that you could find out a lot about people from the time, for example the size of their house, and the fact that a men and boys had more of a chance of education than women and girls. The students had a fantastic time describing where their character lived and what secrets they might have.
Jane and Grant are coming back to work with us again on 22nd November where students will be developing their scripts. In history lessons we will continue with some other work, but will dedicate another lesson to a bit more research into the Suffragettes and Suffragists, and what life was like during the early 1900s.
Also we owe a massive thanks to Mrs Harper, Mr Smith and Mr Jennings for taking us there and back in the mini bus!