Commemoration of the Centenary of the end of World War One

 A group of students from Sheldon School have been working, since January, with teachers Judith Owen and Richard Page on events to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One. Whole school competitions were launched in April requesting commemoration poems, short stories, art work, photography and performance pieces. Some entries were read out in the school’s commemoration service on the afternoon of the 9th November. Winning art work  will be displayed for parents to see. Every student in the school has made individual poppies to say ‘thank you’ to a relative who fought during the war, and in turn, these poppies have been made into wreaths for each year group which were layed during the service. Throughout the week beginning Monday the 5th November all students had assemblies providing information about Chippenham’s involvement during the war, and ‘ghost soldiers’ appeared throughout the week, with their characters - the soldiers who were last to die in the war revealed during the service. A Japanese Red Maple Tree will be planted in a new memorial garden and the service was attended by the Royal British Legion and local army regiments. The school received a grant from Chippenham Borough Lands to fund their commemoration events which Judith Owen said she was “extremely grateful for, or our event would have been much smaller in scale”. Sheldon students have also been involved with creating poppies and tapestries for the Chippenham Town’s commemoration too.