SSFC commemorates WW1 with students from across Europe

As part of the college’s strategic plan to embed a greater degree of internationalism into the curriculum, Principal Martin Ward, and the staff and students of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College have welcomed ten students and three staff from Le Cateau in France, and Walldorf in Germany, to a week-long series of events and activities to commemorate World War 1 and in particular to learn lessons from the war and the benefits that we have all enjoyed from the years of peace in Europe since World War II.

The week-long visit involves a very busy programme of educational, artistic, poetic, historical and dramatic events which focuses in mid-week on the development of a piece of collaborative digital artwork based on the messages and work of local poet Wilfred Owen.

Under the guidance of local artist Carl Jaycock, the European students will be joined by students from SSFC, to develop individual, and then a collaborative piece of art work which will commemorate World War 1 and be displayed in the new museum in Shrewsbury from the end of November.

Other highlights of the week will include, the Remembrance Day Service at St Chad’s, Meeting the Mayor, Visiting Stokesay Court (used as a hospital during WW1), Wilfred Owen Walk, A visit to the regimental museum, Accrington Pals at Theatre Severn, A visit to the imperial War Museum in Manchester, Bookfest Remembers (at SSFC on Saturday 15 November) and a visit to the Theatre Severn to see Michael Morpurgo’s Best Christmas Present in the World.

Such an exciting and interesting programme has only been possible due to the funding from and the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Arts Council.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Shrewsbury students and staff, and the students from Le Cateau and Walldorf to reflect on the momentous events of 1914, and to consider the messages that future generations will want to carry in to the future.  We are very grateful to the support we have received from the national charities, and the local people and officers of the local authority.  Most importantly I hope it is great fun for the students, and an important learning experience.” – said Martin Ward (Principal).

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