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Kings Norton Girls' Mark WW1 Centenary with Cross Curricular Day

As we approach the centenary of World War One, Kings Norton Girls' School students mark the occasion and enjoy an immersive Great War experience on Cross Curricular Day.

Pupils were treated to an in house exhibition provided by Dave Vaux, an archivist for the Royal Warwickshire Regiment whose collection will soon be displayed at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, forming part of the 'Soldiers' Stories: Birmingham and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1914-1918' Exhibition. Kings Norton Girls' School were honoured to see the collection in it is current form for the first time anywhere! Mr Vaux said: "The exhibition gives pupils an interactive experience. Being able to see and hold the artefacts and hear true stories from the time prompts pupils to ask questions and discover more. It is fun, but the message of war really gets across."

Pupils were particularly moved by visiting speakers, Reg Wyncol, a local veteran and local resident Daisy Glenn who also lived through WW1. Daisy captured imaginations with tales of terrifying Zeppelin raids while Reg told girls about his brother , the first man to jump from a plane with a parachute.
Cross Curricular days take the girls' off timetable for a day and allow them to enjoy intensive projects, across the curriculum. Following the theme of WW1, activities included an in-depth look at the use of Gas in WW1, gas masks and the ethics of using gas in modern warfare in Science, WW1 Infographics in Mathematics, a look at War correspondence in Media Studies, the role of women in maintaining the football league during WW1 in PE and a huge temporary installation of handmade poppies spelling out 'Remember' in Art alongside many more activities in every subject area.

A big thank you to everyone involved for making the day such a success and a special thank you to our visitors, Terry Carter, Dave Vaux, Daisy Glenn, Jeanne Glenn, Tony Fox, Ray Fortey and Reg Wyncol.

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