Newhaven Schools Remember
November 2014 saw all the Newhaven schools actively involved in remembering those who had lived and died during the First World War. On 7th November, year six pupils from Harbour Primary School took part in a First World War Activity Day and on 11th, year six pupils from all three primary schools took part in a literacy event run by Seahaven Academy. Here they imagined themselves back in 1914 and wrote letters, diaries and poems. Jenny Flood, the project’s Project Officer, was pleased to take part in both these events. On 12th November, Jenny also gave a talk to year six pupils at Denton Community Primary School, on what life was like in Newhaven and Denton during the First World War.
On Remembrance Sunday, all the schools took part in the town's Remembrance Day service at Memorial Green. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, students from Seahaven Academy read out the names of the six Newhaven Soldiers who died between August 1914 and December 1914, whilst children from the primary schools planted crosses by the town memorial, in memory of each one.
Jenny was delighted to be invited to Seahaven Academy's Foundation Day on 26th November and see their World War I Memorial Installation, showcasing their work on Remembrance. The exhibition included artwork, poetry and music. Students also shared memories and photographs of their recent trip to the First World War battlefields. Later, as part of the Foundation Day ceremony, year 7 pupils performed a moving musical piece they had written, inspired by First World War poetry.
By Jenny Flood. Photograph by Amanda Wilkins for Newhaven Town Council.