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Oulder Hill World War One project wins award

Date published: 11 March 2019


Three students from Oulder Hill Community School attended the AGM of the Royal Society of St George, on 17 February, where they were awarded with medals and certificates for their outstanding work on remembrance.

The ceremony was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Warren Smith as well as members of the Royal Society of St George, plus Miss Clarke and Mrs McCarry from Oulder Hill.

 

Students from Oulder Hill Community School at the Royal Society of St George, where they were awarded with medals and certificates for their outstanding work on remembrance

 

Mrs Rebecca Tarran, Teaching and Learning Director of Humanities at Oulder Hill said: “Jenna Holt and Jake Idiens, both Year 10, were awarded for their work on the Oulder Hill WWI legacy project which has already won a national legacy award.

“The project consists of a 1918 map of Rochdale with 1,486 poppies.

“There was one poppy placed on the address of each soldier from Rochdale who served in the Great War.

“The project was nominated for this award by Wing Commander David Forbes, President of the Rochdale Branch of the British Legion.

“Jake and Jenna talked about their trip to the WWI Battlefields to mark the centenary of the Battle of Manchester Hill and what inspired them to create this project.

“Miss Clarke, our design technician, used the students' research to create the map which measures six metres by three metres and runs the length of the wall in the student entrance.

"The project was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Rochdale on 9 November 2018.

 

Rebecca Tarran (Teaching and Learning Director – Humanities); Jenna Holt and Jake Idiens (designers of the legacy project); Wing Commander David Forbes (President of the Rochdale branch of the British Legion); the Mayor Of Rochdale; Lily Mangan (Head Girl); Alex Peckitt (Head Boy); Mr Lawson (who played the Last Post on the bugle for us)
Rebecca Tarran (Teaching and Learning Director – Humanities); Jenna Holt and Jake Idiens (designers of the legacy project); Wing Commander David Forbes (President of the Rochdale branch of the British Legion); the Mayor Of Rochdale; Lily Mangan (Head Girl); Alex Peckitt (Head Boy); Mr Lawson (who played the Last Post on the bugle)

 

“Zara Shaukat, Year 8, was also awarded for her remembrance work as she sold a staggering number of poppies around school in the lead up to 11 November and wrote a poem about remembering the Rochdale soldiers of WWI, which she has performed at the town hall and in the unveiling ceremony.”

Wing Commander Forbes added: "This is an excellent project which has been very well thought out. It really brings home how many people died in Rochdale. The pupils have done exceptionally well with this and are being associated to the Rochdale British Legion."

A plaque and framed certificates will be presented to the students by the Wing Commander at a later date in a special ceremony.

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