For the fifteenth time, the History Department took 42 Year 10 students to the Battlefields of France between July 9th and 14th. This year, we chose to focus onNormandy and theSomme to support work we will do at GCSE around the two World Wars. As well as seeing important D-Day locations, we visited places closely associated with the traumas of 1916 and the closing stages of the First World War in 1918, especially the Hindenburg Line and the Armistice Clearing just outside Compiegne. The students were fantastic in not only their response to the sites they visited but also in their conduct everywhere we stayed. They really were a credit to the school, their community and, above all, themselves. An online blog with photos and accompanying information has been created to show some of their experiences.
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Friday and Saturday saw the Wombourne Games take place. The event attracted hundreds of people and over 500 people took part in the games which was a fantastic success. Participants ages ranged from age 1 -90. Medal winners from age 3-72 – our table tennis final was contested by two gentleman over 70 years old
The Wombourne Games covered traditional sports such as athletics, football and swimming. We organised table tennis, netball, pool, fishing, bowling, patchwork quilting, the great Wombourne Bake off, flower arranging, cake decorating, computer games and many other sports and activities. We also showcased other activities such as martial arts, fitness, dance and the Arts – we had have our fantastic Wombourne’s Got talent competition which took place throughout the entire day on the event stage – as well as entertainment from Wombourne’s own ‘Different Class’ and Sam and Ryan who presented on stage and sang their own set of family songs.
Got to Dance (Sky One) finalists ‘Antics’ were literally mobbed at the end by enthusiastic fans following their breathtaking performance. To complete the fantastic family day the rock choir Fusion which had around 100 members sang songs such as Viva La Vida and We are the Champions with the audience singing and taking part!
The night finished with a fantastic firework display
Perhaps the impact created can best be summed up by a few quotes from some of the participants from the day…..
‘I thought I was past it! This has given me a new lease of life’
‘I won, it was my daughter who entered me into the event. Wouldn’t have done it myself’.
‘what a fantastic way of bringing everyone together!’
‘So much talent, where do I start?’ judge WGT
However, as one spectator summed it up…….
‘So many people, so many smiles, a community that has a real sense of pride’.
What a great community event! It was wonderful to see so many young people inspired to take part alongside all members of the community. There certainly was ‘something for everyone’. A great success ….
Wombourne, a place where we share our success, try our best and aim to be ‘the best we can be’. Thanks to everyone who took part, attended and contributed to the Wombourne Games. It was a truly memorable event for all the people of Wombourne – we hope you have many happy memories?
Dave Meageen and Paul Isherwood