On Wednesday 7th November, we held our Annual Legacy110 Awards event at the Tower of London. This event showcases some of the very best First World War Centenary school projects completed in 2018. We also announced an update to the total communty reach of the Legacy110 projects to date.
This year, six schools received National Awards. Below is the list of schools with a brief summary of their award winning Legacy110 project.
Global Academy, Hayes, Hillingdon. The students recorded audio and video footage whilst on their battlefields tour in February 2018. They carried out additional research, edited their recordings and added detailed commentary once back in school to create a highly professional audio podcast documentary and several short video films. Two independent radio stations were so impressed with the audio podcast that they have accepted it for broadcast during the Remembrance period this November.
Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School, Wedmore, Somerset. The pupils designed and created an interactive virtual tour of the Battlefield sites they visited. Users of the platform could use the touch screen to navigate through the multimedia experience. The pupils imbedded photo and video footage from their visit as well as other famous or relevant media. The Legacy project was launched to the community at the school Remembrance Service last year, when the two local Legion branches attended. They were moved by the pupil’s efforts. The legacy Project was then installed in the school library for pupils to enjoy and experience during their free time.
Henry Tyndale Special School, Farnborough, Hampshire. Students pledged to take one step each for every soldier who died - approximately 4.5 million steps - and to engage 5x110 people in their task. Students shared the pledge with their peers during assemblies, staffed a stall at the school fair, spoke on local radio, and set up a Facebook page. Companies, individuals, groups and other schools all ‘donated’ steps to the cause, resulting in over 23 million steps being taken, with contributions from as far afield as Canada and Australia. A ‘whole school’ Poppy Wave was created after visiting Fort Nelson to see the Tower Poppies on display.
Oulder Hill School, Rochdale, Manchester. The students created a map of Rochdale in 1918 which now covers the length of the school entrance. A poppy marks the address of every soldier who died in the First World War. The school is holding a remembrance ceremony on 9th November where the project will be unveiled by the Mayor of Rochdale and the President of the Rochdale branch of the British Royal Legion. The Last Post will be played and following a one minute silence observed through the school, two wreaths will be laid.
Fearns School, Bacup, Lancashire. Students who attended the Manchester Hill Commemoration tour in March 2018 video recorded their tour. On return to school, further research was completed and the video material was edited into a highly professional, informative, thoughtful and sensitive film.
Walton High School, Stafford, Staffordshire. Inspired by their visit to the battlefields of Belgium and France, the school decided to construct a Remembrance Garden at school to not only act as a focus for the annual remembrance ceremony but also to provide a space in which students could reflect, relax and enjoy a sunny day. The school sourced a piece of slate to act as a memorial and built a garden using plants and flowers associated with remembrance and witnessed on our tour. The Garden was officially opened in November 2017.
The total Legacy110 communioty reach now exceeds 15 million people across the globe!
In this special centenary year, we also decided to recognise four projects which have made a significant contribution to the Legacy110 initiative. The following special awards were given to;
Best International Community Award 2014 – 2018
Chatsmore Catholic High School,Worthing, Sussex for their Battle of Boar’s Head and Richebourg partnership projects
Best Partnership Community Award 2014 – 2018
York Independent and State School Partnership for a project which brought together schools from across York to create their stunning exhibition ‘1916: More than just the Somme’ which was hosted at York Castle Museum.
Best Remembrance in the Local Community Award 2014 – 2018
St. John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Gravesend, Kent for a multi-faceted project which had involved publishing nine volumes of memorial books, creating fields of remembrance and being at the centre of all community remembrance activities.
Best Overall Remembrance Project 2014 – 2018
Vale School, Tottenham, Haringey for the inspiring project ‘My Mate George’ - a song, which grew into a musical and captured the imagination of a global audience!
Congratulations to all our award winners!