Commemorating World War I
The Cheadle Academy is currently compiling a calendar of commemorative events 2014 – 2018. These will raise awareness amongst students of the events of 1914 – 1918. As the Imperial War Museum reminds us:
‘One hundred years on, we are all connected to the First World War, either through our own family history, the heritage of our local communities or because of its long-term impact on society and the world we live in today.
From 2014 to 2018, across the world, nations, communities and individuals of all ages will come together to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.’
The Cheadle Academy has pledged that all students will take part in a commemorative event(s) over the period of remembrance and reflection.
A lecture from The Curzon Institute on 18th March began our programme of events. This allowed students from The Cheadle Academy, Moorlands Sixth Form and the wider community, to experience, often through harrowing accounts, the role of The Commonwealth in WWI.
17th and 18th June Year 10 Gifted and Talented History students will undertake research with Cheadle Historical Society and Royal British Legion, at The Heritage & Discovery Centre, Lulworth House. The focus will be on searching for citizens of Cheadle who returned from the War. Students will then present their findings to the local community. They will also compile a short, educational film detailing their experiences of historical research that can be shared with peers.
13th and 14th July Year 9 and Year 10 students to visit Battlefields and War Graves at Ypres. This is our first visit to Ypres, we will return in 2015 with Y9 students (current Y8) and in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
27th July representatives from The Cheadle Academy and the local Cadet group will attend the Commemorative Church Service in Cheadle. (Please see the open letter from Michael Collis of The Royal British Legion.)
5th September Y11GCSE History students to visit The National Trust’s Stamford Military Hospital at Dunham Massey. This importantly links to the ‘Medicine through time’ Unit of their GCSE Examination. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey/
September – November 2014 The Cheadle Academy will be hosting a Poetry Competition for all students (Y1 – Y13) in The Staffordshire Moorlands with the overarching theme of ‘Commemoration’. Schools will work together and benefit from Workshops and ‘poets in residence’ - generously funded by an Arts Bursary for Young People, from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
Armistice Day. Head Boy, Head Girl, Senior Prefects and students who are Cadets, will represent The Cheadle Academy at Remembrance Day Services and Marches.
12th November Students at The Cheadle Academy,
who are Cadets, will host a lunch for representatives
of all Cadet groups in The Staffordshire Moorlands,
to be attended also by members of The Royal British
Legion and The Cheadle Historical Society.
12th November An Evening Concert ‘In Commemoration . . .’ to be held in The Cheadle Community Theatre and hosted by students of The Cheadle Academy. Further details to follow.
January 2015, Year 9 students visit RAF Cosford. Students will spend time with veterans of WWII, listening
to accounts of their war.
Further details will appear on our website, together with notification of events planned for 2015 and so on. Students are particularly looking forward to creating a World War I mural in The Cheadle Academy and to creating and participating in ‘installation drama’ in Cheadle’s Market Place.
Thank you and we hope that you will be able to share in some of these events with us.
An Important Open Letter from The Royal British Legion:
Church Service 27th July Centenary of World War 1
A Church Service will be held at St Giles the Abbot Parish Church on Sunday 27th July at 2.30pm.
At this service commemorative medals will be presented to those families whose relatives were killed in the First World War.
Everyone is welcome, but particularly we would like to see representatives of uniformed organisations (Cadets, Scouts, Guides, Brownies, St John’s Ambulance, Police etc.) present at Church, if possible attending at Church at 2pm.
Some families have already responded to the Town Council with details of their relatives, but if there are any more families, who have not yet responded and would like a medal, would they please get in touch with Cheadle Town Clerk at the Town Council Offices, The Lodge Tean Road tel 01538 754288.
RBL is also looking for details of men and women who served in the war and survived. If anyone has details of a relative we would like to put their details in a booklet which will be printed next year. If you have any details of a relative or a person you know of would you telephone me on 01538 753417?
President Cheadle Branch Royal British Legion
Primary Music Festival – Thursday 12th June
The concert will be a celebration of Primary Music making in Cheadle and the Moorlands, with up to seven schools taking part in an evening event which promises to be a wonderful mix of choral, instrumental and solo items; culminating in a brilliant joint finale!
TCA is proud to play host for the evening of Thursday June 12th starting at 6.30. For further information please contact a local primary school.
On Friday 7th March, Jim Chadwick, English Teacher and Leader of Literacy and Primary Transition here at The Cheadle Academy, had his head shaved for the charity Narcolepsy UK. There was a very good reason for this and for his decision to run in the London Marathon this year, for the charity.
Last year, Jim’s special boy, Jack, was diagnosed with narcolepsy. Jack is only 5 years old. Every day Jack battles with exhaustion. He gets cataplexy which means his muscles become weak. He gets angry, frustrated and confused because he is too young to understand why this is happening and he doesn’t get any respite at night; his sleep is disturbed by vivid dreams and terrifying nightmares.
Jim says, ‘Jack faces these challenges with bravery and courage and that’s why he’s my hero! If he can tackle all this, I can run a marathon’.
If you would like to support Jim, it’s not too late