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I hope that you guys are well and are staying safe.
This Friday marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. VE Day marked the end of fighting in Europe during the Second World War – which had lasted nearly 6 years. On 7th May 1945, Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio that Germany had officially surrendered and he announced that as of the next day, the 8th May, this would be a national (bank) holiday in Britain. People held parties, danced and sang in the streets. Huge crowds gathered in London, both on Whitehall to hear Churchill speak and outside Buckingham Palace where King George VI and the Royal Family appeared on the balcony.
Over the years people have celebrated and remembered this event in many different ways. Miss Read (History teacher at Crestwood) and I have been talking and think that it would be great if you guys could also celebrate this day- we certainly will (albeit in a safe, socially distanced way).
This year I have planned a VE day picnic in my garden and have made a window display out of paper poppies and soldiers. I even attempted to make some bunting using my sewing machine!
We have put together some information on the history of WW2 and VE Day and also some ideas of what you, your family and people at home can be doing/creating/watching/writing/baking/growing to commemorate this event.
Staff have also shared their ideas of VE Day activities and what they’ll be doing on Friday!
All of the History department are planning to have picnics in the garden with their families:
Miss Shelton has been making bunting. You can download instructions from:
Mr Weatherhogg has already created his window display. He has included bunting and pictures that he has downloaded from the internet.
Miss Davies is planning a picnic and video calls with her family. She is also planning to observe the 2 minutes silence from her front door.
There are so many things for you to try at home! Why not have a go and send us your creations and ideas?? We would love to create something from them! Staff will also be sharing their finished products. Feel free to upload any pictures to our Facebook page.
Enjoy VE Day and take care.
One of our amazing Year 8 students has been making mini-rainbows to be displayed in cars and windows to raise money for the NHS. She has raised £20 so far and she has been selling the rainbows for 50p each. Well done!
Big Brum Theatre in Education came to visit us on Thursday 27th February to perform for our Year 11 GCSE students.
Big Brum’s production of ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ adapted by Chris Cooper is a powerful drama, rich in imagery that illuminates the themes at the heart of Stevenson’s complex text. Themes such as identity, good and evil, love and hate knowledge and ethics, power and responsibility, and what makes us human. However hard you try to hide your feelings, you can never truly hide them forever…
The performance was arranged as a way of assisting the year 11 students with their understanding of the plot, characters and themes from the Victorian novella Jekyll and Hyde. This proved to be a highly beneficial experience for them in preparation for their forthcoming literature mocks and GCSEs.
The rise in the incidence of measles and mumps is directly linked to the fall-off in Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination rates. In order to address this worrying situation, NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced a school based MMR catch up programme. This will commence from March 2020 for children in school years 8, 9 and 10 who are deemed eligible by missing one or both doses of MMR.
The link below provides information about measles and the benefits of the MMR vaccine
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A group of our students visited a careers show at Stafford Show Ground ,taking part in activities to inspire and inform them about the 350 jobs within the NHS from dentists to paramedics and business administration.
Some of our students were taken to Rodbaston Campus South Staffs College To find out about courses in Equine and animal management/veterinary career paths. They were taken on a tour and were able to watch students applying bandaging to horses and see a variety of animals from meerkats to primates being cared for by students and they were able to speak to tutors about work involved in Equine and animal care with opportunities for work experience.