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Ranelagh Year 8s Remember the First World War

150 Year 8 students at Ranelagh School developed their Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) in a day of creative thinking and teamwork commemorating the First World War entitled “Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards”.


Combining the expertise of the History and Religious Education departments, the students were encouraged to reflect on what the First World War meant to them.  Echoing the evolving ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper at the Tower of London, the students recorded their own messages of remembrance on poppies which were then combined to form a display in the School Hall.


In the afternoon the students worked in groups to create two separate images, titled “Looking Back” and “Looking Forward” to remember the importance of the Great War and think about the lessons which can be learned from it today.  Acting Headteacher, Mark Williams, said, “It was wonderful to see the pupils working together on such a solemn but significant topic.  They produced some incredibly poignant and thought-provoking pieces of work.”


With Ranelagh alumni counting among The Fallen, the annual service of remembrance at the school is an important event in the school calendar.