OUR SCHOOL VALUES
RESPECT, TRUST, RESILIENCE,
COMMUNITY, KINDNESS, INCLUSIVITY
Finchale Remembrance Day Commemoration
Dedication of the Finchale Memorial Garden 10/11/17
We Remember in 2017…
Our Remembrance Day commemoration was very special this year because we also held a dedication for our newly opened Memorial Garden. We had some special guests in school who talked with the children about their own experiences of war. Year 2 pupils read the poem In Flanders Fields and Year 6 pupils, who had analysed the same poem read out, in their own words, what it really meant to them. Wreaths were laid in school and at the foot of the Finchale Soldier in the Memorial Garden. The children found the service very emotional and poignant. Mrs Sleeman also explained that it was the 100 year anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele. We spent time reflecting on how lucky we are to have benefitted from the selfless and heroic acts of others during all wars. People, many of whom were still young, gave their lives so that we could live peacefully today.
Finchale Memorial Garden
I am delighted that our Memorial Garden is very nearly finished! This project came about when we secured funding to develop something that could be enjoyed by the local community and it has been in the development stages for more than 2 years, from when we first planted trees in the site. The photographs below show some of the stages we went through.
The Finchale Memorial Garden is to honour soldiers from World War I and all subsequent wars. Pupils were keen to have a sculpture and seating for visitors. Willow was chosen so everyone could be involved in the building process. Ruth from Sylvan Skills listened to our ideas and gave us design suggestions. She passed on her willow-work skills and expertise when we joined her to build shelters for the seating. Anna helped us to build our very own Finchale Soldier who you will see is sitting writing a letter home. Although we are planning an official opening, the garden is now open to visitors from
7am - 6pm during term time.
Please come and enjoy the garden.
Armistice Day Assembly
Many thanks to all who made our Service of Remembrance such a special occasion. I mention particularly the veterans: Jean, Harry, Mabel, Jim, Anne, Malcolm, Renee, Thelma and Audrey who joined us and shared so much knowledge and gave us a true sense of why we must continue to say our thanks to the many people who gave their lives so that we may live in the comfort and freedom we so take for granted these days.
Year 2 led our assembly, supported by Year 6, they spoke so well and showed true respect when laying the poppy wreaths they made themselves. It was emotional for both children and adults. We then spent time in true conversation with the veterans who also joined us for lunch.
The BIG Classroom - June 2016
We have subscribed to a project called the BIG classroom. This is an on-line community of thousands of schools across the UK, who are dedicated to promoting British values by giving snapshots of their day-to-day lives. We are connected to five other schools in different areas of the country, and will share what we have been learning.