Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey
Event: Peace Fields
Date: Thursday 15th June 2017
Venue: Oasis Academy East Campus
On Thursday 15th June 2017, Oasis Academy commemorate the first anniversary of our twinning of our Academy Peace Fields with the Flanders Peace Field, Messines, Belgium; site of the World War One Christmas Truce in 1914. In the week leading up to Christmas 1914 groups of German, British and ally soldiers stopped fighting to sing festive songs, and ventured into what was known as “No Man’s Land” to exchange gifts and play friendly games of football.
With the help of Oasis Primary School Games Organiser, Melanie Tsangarides, primary school children from the island and Sittingbourne had the opportunity to participate in a Peace Tournament where they experienced various sporting activities and games on the Academy’s Peace Field. Supported and marshalled by student helpers from Oasis Academy, children joined us from Eastchurch Primary, Minster in Sheppey Primary, St Peter’s Catholic Primary in Sittingbourne, Iwade Primary, Regis Manor Primary, Bobbing Primary, Rose Street Primary and West Minster Primary.
Dr Suzanne Lienert, Associate Principal welcomed our young visitors and explained the importance of this occasion and of Peace, reflecting on the recent attacks that has taken place across the country. A minute’s silence was held to remember all those lives lost during the conflict, and also from recent terror attacks. Sixth Form student Emily Collins signalled the end of the minute’s silence by playing the Last Post on the trumpet.
Father Frank Moran from the Catholic Church in Sheerness led prayers, and informed us that the letters IOSA on the side of our sports building, which stands for “Isle of Sheppey Academy” means Jesus in Gaelic.
Friendly games took place on our Peace Field to strengthen team spirit and friendship. All children received medals to remember the occasion, which they wore with pride.
Wednesday, 15th June, 2016
Oasis Academy is now officially twinned with Flanders Peace Field, Messines, Belgium.
The signing of the Declaration of Peace followed Dulce et Decorum by Wilfred Owen read by P Kowalska, A Thwaites and A Leslie. A prayer by Rev Jeanette Mclaren and then the Last Post by E Collins.
Oasis Academy PFP Team
Twinning Ceremony Programme
Salute to the soldiers of the First World War
What the pupils said.
‘It has helped me learn about families and weaponry that was used in the First World War’. ‘It was very in-depth’. ‘We learnt more about how the soldiers lived in the First World War’. ‘It was fun’. ‘I learnt a lot more thinks about the First World War’. ‘I learnt things I didn’t know and we got to see what the army used’. ‘It was fun and you could see and touch the objects’. ‘There was good information’. It was interesting and enjoyable’. ‘It was interesting and very informative – extremely enjoyable’. ‘It was interesting and enjoyable to learn’. ‘Loads of facts’. ‘I have learnt a lot more’.
Gateways to the First World War
Lecture by Dr Emma Hannah
At University of Kent
Oasis Academy attended the Gateways to the First World War lecture given by Dr Emma Hannah. The lecture was an important part of the school’s Peace Fields Project. Students will use their notes to help research and compile an exhibition of their work which will be displayed at their Peace Field twinning ceremony in June 2016.
Kent County Council’s, Libraries, Registration and Archives
Oasis Academy kicked off their Peace Field Project last week with a work shop facilitated by NCFA and Kent Libraries.
A video of the school commemorating the First World War was uploaded to help inspire other network schools Peace Fields Projects in their cross curricular work.
These questions were given to the participants before they started their projects
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE FIRST WORLD WAR?
‘It started when Arch Duke Ferdinand was shot while visiting Serbia. A group called the Black Hand Gang tried several times to kill him each time failing. If they didn’t succeed they would try and kill themselves before they were tortured’
K Neilson. Age 14
‘I know that the war started in 1914’
N Francis. Age 14
‘It lasted 4 years . 1914 – 1918’
T Petruk. Age 13
‘It was one of the most bloodiest wars and to date.
V Gerec-Rowg. Age 14
WOULD YOU GO TO WAR FOR YOUR COUNTRY, IF SO WHY AND IF NOT, WHY NOT?
‘Yes because it is my country and it would be an honour to fight for my country’
S Smith. Age 13
‘I would because I would always want to protect the place I love and it would help protect people who can’t physically do it themself’
O Chapman. Age 13.
‘I wouldn’t because I would want to die with my family’
C Marsh. Age 13.
‘Yes, I would rather die a hero than a coward’
G Sharpe. Age 14
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO PREVENT ANOTHER WORLD WAR EVER HAPPENING AGAIN?
‘Eliminate violence forever and teach equality and care to every school.’
T Petruk. Age 13
‘I would make sure every country is equal so there is no disagreements’
N Francis. Age 14
‘I would help make world peace’
B Haddy. Age 13
‘I would have every country’s leaders attend meetings for keeping the peace through discussion’
J Stevens. Age 14
‘I would help make peace throughout the world’
C Marsh. Age 13