ACADEMY OF ST FRANCIS ASSISI WW1 STREET PARTY
The Giants visited Newsham Park and the Academy of St Francis of Assisi celebrated this momentous occasion with a week of special lessons culminating in a spectacular World War One ‘Street party’. For one week the Academy collapsed its normal timetables as the students and staff got ready to welcome the giants with a host of events. Students learnt about the early days of the war; the hopes of a nation on the brink of its first major conflict for more than 50 years, the excitement of the youngest generations as they prepared for the adventure of a lifetime and the fears of those they were leaving behind that perhaps it might not be ‘over by Christmas’ as everyone expected.
Students took part in a number of lessons with the following themes:
Sociology – ‘Live’ recruitment posters behind a giant picture frame
Drama – a production of ‘Archie Dobson’s War’
Geography – flags of the Allied Nations with details of how they contributed to the war
History – the role of women in the war
English – Script writing based on ‘War Horse’ plus poetry competitions
RE – postcards and newspapers from the war
ICT – Radio Broadcasts
School Choir – Performance at the party
For the party, the school was decorated with pupil’s art work and bunting, displays of flowers and vegetables from the schools garden and WW1 inspired food was served including pink lemonade, corn beef sandwiches and wonderful cakes. Everyone agreed it looked amazing. Pupils and teachers dressed as Lord Kitchener, there were shows of propaganda posters and slogans. The drama group performed ‘Archie Dobson’s War’ and songs from the WW1 era were sung by the schools choir alongside members of the ‘Singing for the Brain Choir’ from the Alzheimer’s Society. The event brought different generations from around Newsham Park together to celebrate a very special occasion.