Westbury Junior School celebrate St George’s Day

11:30am Sunday 4th May 2014

The tradition of celebrating St George’s Day continued this year, when the children enjoyed a bouncy castle and making a toast to the Queen led by the Westbury town crier, Sean Price.

He came to the school in English-themed fancy dress and enjoyed yummy St George biscuits.

Being the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, the school also focused the learning of the day around ‘bravery’ and the children found out what life was like for soldiers in the trenches.

They were very lucky to be able to work with Steve Williams, who came to school dressed as an English soldier and brought his replica of a trench.

He taught them all about the weapons that were used and some children were lucky enough to try on helmets and experience how heavy some of the guns were.

They were keen to learn about some of the unsavoury aspects of trench life – rats and lice, trench foot and how 100 men shared one bucket as a toilet.

Steve’s enthusiastic manner inspired the children, helping them understand this landmark event and how horrific it was for the soldiers.

Rounding off the day, they could share details and photos of their own family who fought in the war, giving a chance to reflect on the human side of this conflict.

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