Caldicott Marks VE Day 2020 with Celebrations and Reflections

11 May 2020

 

Marking 75 years since the end of WWII in Europe, at 1100 on Friday 8 May the nation stood still for a two-minute silence in remembrance of the many lives that were lost during the conflict. To mark the two-minute silence Liam A (Year 6) and OC Sam M (2013-2019) both played the Last Post in videos honouring Old Caldicotians who lost their lives.

In the weeks leading up to VE Day, Ma'am Williams set Year 3 and 4 the task of making VE Day bunting in their Art lessons and also provided the boys with a recipe for scones. These two year groups also worked on a monologue called Evacuee in their Drama lessons and submitted videos of their performances which were edited together to create this short film. The older years were asked to design a celebratory VE Day poster and in PE boys were set a VE Day cricket task. In the daily bulletin boys were treated to some music from artists of the era, including the wonderful Glenn Miller Band and Dame Vera Lynn.

A number of boys spent time speaking to their elderly relatives or researching the role that their grandparents and great-grandparents played in the war. Alexander B (Year 6) was proud to remember his British great-grandmother, who was a nurse, and his great-grandfather who served in the armed forces. Alexander's great great-grandfather was a member of the Soviet army. He defended Moscow in 1941 but was captured and became a prisoner of war who spent time in three Nazi POW camps.

Head Boy, Archie W (Year 8), remembered his grandmother who was in the WRENS and Rafe G (Year 3) interviewed his great-uncle Byron over the phone. Byron provided a fascinating account of his experiences during the war which can be viewed here.

Throughout the day many Caldicotians and their families enjoyed the VE Day celebrations, some even getting dressed up for the occasion. Lockdown certainly did not stop anyone from celebrating with their neighbours from the safety of their doorsteps and gardens.

 

VE Day Celebrations from Caldicott

VE Day Celebrations from Caldicott School