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HWA celebrates 'Peace Day' with local Primaries

High Weald Academy joined hands with the National Children’s Football Alliance to run a special ceremony in remembrance of the 1914 Christmas Day truce.

The project, which sees students learn about the 1914 Christmas Day truce, the troops playing football and learning about the power of sport, tolerance and understanding between cultures, encourages children of all ages to learn about history while having fun.

High Weald Academy celebrations began with High Weald students conducting a short assembly to pupils from five local primary schools (Sissinghurst Primary, Hawkhurst Primary, Goudhurst and Kilndown Primary, Frittenden Primary and Lamberhurst Primary). A heart-warming ceremony followed where members of the Royal British Legion and local vicar Reverend Ann Pollington, watched a special plaque, officially twinning the High Weald Academy Peace Field with Flanders Peace Field in Messines, be unveiled while students sowed poppy seeds in the academy’s special poppy field.

The celebrations continued with pupils from local primary schools taking part in a selection of sports, assisted by the academy’s own student Sports Leaders and a special War Horse exhibition was held place on the school farm.

Carrie Beech, Principal at The High Weald Academy said: “Participating in the Peacefields Project has been a valuable and hugely enjoyable project for everyone involved.

“It has been a privilege for our students and staff to take part in this national project, learning about history in an interactive, fun way.  It has been a pleasure to watch our students prepare for this fantastic event which has helped bring out community closer together”  

High Weald Academy is the local hub school for the Peacefields Project 2016. The Peacefields Project is supported by the Department of Culture Media and Sport, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Children’s Football Foundation. High Weald Academy was involved in the pilot last year and was invited to be the local hub school for this academic year (2015/2016). Pupils have visited Maidstone and Cranbrook Museum, attended a Kent University Lecture about the First World War and have taught activities on World War 1 to primary students from across the Weald.