All week at Marden we have been building up to the centenary of the end of the First World War.
This has culminated in our History Detectives reuniting for one last ceremony. The group were part of an ambitious project back in Year 7 when they ‘adopted’ local soldiers and carried out research about the fallen men from Cullercoats who never came home.
Now in Year 11, the History Detectives have returned to Cullercoats, along with students from Monkhouse Primary and Cullercoats Primary, to take part in a special ceremony. They wrote the names of local soldiers in the sand and then listened to a reading by Fr. Adrian Hughes of St. George’s Church, all in the shadow of the remembrance board that they designed at the beginning of the project, and just round the corner from many of the houses that they adorned with blue plaques in collaboration with the Northumbria WW1 Commemoration Project back in 2015.
The waves then washed over the names as Fr. Adrian said a prayer and there was a moment of reflection as ‘The Last Post’ was played by former Marden student Calum Hartwell.
Many other special projects have been devised across the curriculum this week, including assemblies and Personal Development lessons delivered by the Year 9 History student leadership team on the theme of remembrance.
This will all culminate in the school observing a two minute silence at 11am on Friday to remember those who have fought in all wars.