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COLYTON: Grammar school wins Lottery grant to mark WWI centenary

Thursday, 12 June 2014

COLYTON Grammar School has been granted a Heritage Lottery Fund Award of £3,300 to help commemorate the centenary of the the Forst World War later this summer. The school will mark the 100th anniversary of WWI with various events during the school day on July 1st, culminating in a joint concert with Sidmouth Town Band. The band will play wartime tunes and songs of remembrance, while students will also perform poetry, music and drama. Pupils’ usual timetables will be suspended as they take part in a variety of workshops during the day with teachers and guest speakers, with topics including wartime tchnology, music and the use of Dartmoor moss as an antiseptic. The school library will be turned into a field hospital and front line command post for the day and there will be particular emphasis on Colyton’s “Old Boys” with a permanent display being created at the front of school consisting of medals and other historical artefacts from local residents who fought in the war. The aim of the day is to make students more aware of the experiences and stories of those involved in the conflict, as well as to create a lasting legacy through the “Old Boys” display and by producing a record book of the events taking place on the centenary day. Furthermore, 50 students will have the opportunity to win a trip to the recently renovated London Imperial War Museum, tickets to which will be issued throughout the day. English teacher Fiona Harvey, who is jointly co-ordinating the events with head of history, Christopher Harris, said: “We are privileged to have received the National Lottery grant; it is really exciting to organise such a worthwhile event for students. “It is really important for students to be aware of the experiences and stories of those involved in the war.” The Heritage Lottery Fund aims to make a lasting difference through support for heritage, people and communities and since 1994 has supported over 36,500 projects, allocating more than £6 billion across the UK. The evening concert will be held in the school’s Cottril Hall and will be open to public. It will conclude with a performance by the school orchestra and choir of “Benedictus” from Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” – a moving finale to a day of activities. There will also be a chance to view an example of students’ work created during the day.  Tickets for the concert are £3 per person, and can be purchased by calling the school on 01297 552327. Any money left over from the event will be put towards creating the record book, and then to the Royal British Legion.  


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