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WW1 Centenary Celebrations

Published Monday 3rd of November 2014 02:59:52 PM

Ware in the trenches during the First World War was brought home to children at St Margaret's Preparatory School, Calne through theatre, art and song.

Culture Week at St Margaret's Preparatory School was a culmination of a half term of studying WW1 as part of the centenary commemorations.

Children had the war brought alive by a performance of 'Quest for the First World War' by the Freshwater Theatre Company. They were taken on a trip through the home front from fighting in the trenches to the Christmas truce, which was made poignant by the playing of Silent Night.
Later in the week the children took part in a workshop where they found out about life as a solider and learnt wartime favourite songs such as Pack Up Your Troubles and It's a Long Way to Tipperary.

St Margaret's parent and local artist Juliet Fooks visited the school to run Poppy art workshops. She said: 'My aim was to focus on poppies as a basis of study using pencil, pastel, paint, print, textiles and collage. Congratulations go to all who took part. I have been delighted with the results from such talent across the year groups. They were a pleasure to teach.'

Girls from St Mary's opera ensemble gave a performance of other WW1 songs and there was also a rendition of a specially commissioned work for choir, narrator and flugelhorn based upon poetry written by the girls.�
The week closed with the showing of films with a First World War theme, including an animation of the book 'War Game' as well as the BBC television drama 'The Wipers Times'.

Headmistress Karen Cordon said: 'Culture Week provided an excellent focus for the culmination of our studies on WW1 and helped children of all ages to gain an understanding of what it was like on the front line and the home front.'
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