A few weeks ago, some of the members of the Birtley Heritage Group visited our school to work with our Year 4 Class to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The children helped to make poppies and also learnt about Elizabethville, a self-contained village in the town of Birtley which became home to 6000 Belgian refugees escaping persecution and the devastating effects of war in their own countries.

The children were invited to take part in a competition to design a commemorative bookmark, along with children from all of the other schools in Birtley, and they produced some lovely work. A few weeks later, the Heritage group got in touch again to tell us the wonderful news that the winning bookmark, which was to be printed and distributed to all pupils, was designed by one of the children in our school – Kate. Her very clever and touching work can be seen in the photos below.

Kate was presented with a prize, and an enlarged copy of her winning design, in our school assembly by members of the Heritage Group who were also delighted to be treated to the whole class singing a war time favourtie ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’.

“That was so touching,” said Joan from the Heritage Group, “they sang the song beautifully and were a joy to work with in the class.”

Later this month the class have been invited to go to the opening of an exhibition put together by the Heritage Group at Birtley library and to sing their song again.

Well done Year 4 and special congratulations to kate! 

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