Archive for June 5, 2018

European schoolchildren set to unite for First World War spectacular in Gosport

Youngsters from France, Germany and Gosport feature in a previous rendition of Where Have All the Flowers Gone?


SCHOOL CHILDREN from a trio of nations will join forces for the finale of a touring show. Bay House School in Gosport is gearing up to host the final two outings of the production Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Featuring pupils from Lille in France, Garmisch-Partikinger in Germany and Bay House School, the performance has already wowed audiences at a host of prestigious locations – including the National Theatre of Bavaria, in Munich.

It is centred around a theme of the First World War – as this year marks the centenary of the conflict’s 1918 conclusion – and focuses on the question ‘why wasn’t it the war to end all wars?’. As he prepares to welcome the touring show’s finale in Bay House’s Main Hall tonight and tomorrow afternoon, executive headteacher Ian Potter said: ‘We are delighted and excited to have been part of this ambitious and significant project. ‘I feel privileged to have seen first-hand how the camaraderie has developed between the youngsters from the three schools. They have made friends for life. ‘Apart from their standing ovation in Germany at the premiere, the moment that stands out for me was the touching scene of youngsters from all three nations cleaning the graves of the soldiers in the cemeteries of France. ‘I could not have been more proud of them all.’

The show was pulled together in 2016, off the back of its would-be company’s visit to a number of First World War sites and museums. It has been helped by funding from Erasmus and the EU, with additional sponsorship from Luckett’s and the Rotary Club.

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Walk to School week is a huge success for pupils

One of the students from Gomer Junior School found a number of 'Gomer Rocks' during Walk to School week. Picture: Sarah Bottriell

HUNDREDS of primary school pupils ditched their parents – and their cars – for Walk to School week this month. The event, which is held every year, aims to get students out of their parents’ cars and putting feet on the pavement.

According to the organiser of the event at Gomer Junior School, in Gosport, Walk to School week was a major success. Learning mentor Sarah Bottriell said:

‘The pupils have really got stuck into the event, which was great to see. ‘This year we put a new twist onto Walk to School week by adding rocks with the school logo on around the area – and had prizes for whoever found the most. ‘We would all meet on the beach before school – with a few children being dropped off by their parents – and would all walk together as a group.
There’s been a big difference in the number of cars parked outside the school. ‘It was nice to not only make the most of the fresh air, but also spend some quality time together before school.’

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