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.
Marden High School’s History Detectives would like to invite members of the local community to St George’s Church in Cullercoats this Sunday 8th November at 9.30am for a dedication service for the new memorial to the fallen WW1 soldiers of Cullercoats.
Friday 10th July marked the end of our Cullercoats WW1 Memorial project, and our History Detectives have been hosting an all day Show and Share event, presenting projects about their ‘adopted’ soldiers of Cullercoats.
On Saturday, our History Detectives walked around Cullercoats and placed blue plaques on houses where fallen soldiers had lost their lives during the First World War.
On Friday 7th November, Marden’s History detectives spent the day at St. George’s Church Hall in Cullercoats, interviewing members of the public to gather more research for their World War One Commemoration Project. This short video shows a flavour of the day.
Only a few weeks away from Armistice Day, we’d like to take the opportunity to invite members of the public, parents, carers, neighbours and friends to our special Community Memory Day, as part of an ambitious Key Stage 3 project.
We are researching the lives of Cullercoats residents who fought in World War One, see our attached poster for more information or click this link to go to our specially dedicated page.
Our intrepid Year 7 History detectives have taken their first steps as they embark on their ambitious World War One Memorial Project – they have visited St. George’s Church to see the restored war memorial and learn more about the fallen soldiers of Cullercoats.
The students have ‘adopted a soldier’ – each taking the name of a Cullercoats soldier killed in World War One, and on Tuesday they took a walk round Cullercoats village, visiting the houses where the soldiers lived, and in some cases, died.
The students delivered letters and flyers advertising our upcoming Community Memory Day on the 7th of November.