Year 10 re-enact The Battle of the Somme
On Tuesday 18th October year 10 students took part in a re-enactment of the Battle of the Somme. The re-enactment took place in the sports hall and involved the whole year group, and two very special guest speakers.
The first guest speaker was Ray Risk. Ray approached the school following a concern that the important learning surrounding the Battle of the Somme was being lost through changes in curriculum.
Ray is a member of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch; the County Representative for Derbyshire and the appointed Poppy Appeal Organizer for the Parish of Eckington. As a school we were keen to ensure our students had the experience that Ray and his colleagues had to offer. The battle re-enactment gave students an insight into this important historical event.
Ray said "I feel it is vitally important that the sacrifice these men gave to maintaining the freedom we all enjoy today that we should always remember them. Not only is it important that those who gave their lives during WW1 are remembered; but also we must remember the sacrifice every lost serviceman and woman gave by laying down their lives in every conflict since - right up until the present day. A little known fact is that since 1945 there has been only one year in which we have not lost the life of a service man or woman. A meaningful line of the exhortation reads - "At the going down of the sun and in the morning - we will remember them". And they must never be forgotten."
Following the re-enactment, the Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Steve Brunt, delivered a well-informed presentation on the battle to year 10 students. The Mayor is a keen historian and an expert in the details of the events surrounding the Battle of the Somme.
The whole event gave a very powerful message to the students who came away from the event with a deep understanding about the impact this battle had on those present at the battle and those left behind following the disastrous result of the outcome.
Eckington School is very grateful to Mr Risk and the Mayor of Chesterfield for their time and expertise and the way they brought the events of the Battle of the Somme to life.