Latest News as at 10th November 2017
Longdean remembers Passchendaele
The 10th November 1917 saw the final shots ring out in the Battle of Passchendaele; exactly 100 years later, the East Dacorum Cooperative Learning Trust commemorated those that had fallen. The remembrance ceremony which was held at Longdean school In association with the Hemel Hempstead branch of The Royal British Legion and attended by Sir Mike Penning MP, Governors, members of the military, Epson, Staff and Students, was the culmination of events that had been held across the school between the 6th and 10th November.
The commemorative events began with parents, staff and students making personalised poppies, individually dedicated to a soldier, traced using www.everymanremembered.org, Many poppies were dedicated to ancestors and family members. The poppies were than displayed throughout the atrium in Longdean’s new building along with commemorative wreaths and other insignia designed by the Art department and attached using equipment provided by Hemel Hempstead’s local Bunnings Store. Archive film footage from the Battle of Passchendaele had been played across the walls of the atrium throughout the week using giant projectors sponsored by EPSON, which certainly helped bring the events of the battle into focus. Many of the poppies and wreaths will be taken over to Belgium and laid at The Menin Gate close to the site of the Battle, when the History department visit Ypres in the New Year.
Throughout the week all subjects linked their curriculum to World War One, whilst soldiers from the Soldiers to Schools programme ran a series of workshops across all year groups, to show students the true nature of Warfare. Assemblies throughout the week were dedicated to educating students on the Battle of Passchendaele, whilst opportunities for students to handle exhibits from World War One had been available at break and lunchtimes.
As events drew to an end on the 10th November, students across the school read World War One poetry then gathered for the final Remembrance Ceremony. As the standards were lowered, the ‘Last Post’ was sounded and the ‘Ode to Remembrance’ was read aloud to the whole school. At 11.00am a bell rang and as silence filled the air, it became clear that those soldiers, who gave their lives in the Battle of Passchendaele, may have fallen but they will never be forgotten.
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No sooner was the school’s new MUGA completed and handed over to us, we had our very first external letting, in the guise of a local netball league who have relocated over to Longdean.
Hemel Hempstead and District League have been playing for over 25 years based at Adeyfield School, but from now on, will be based here at Longdean.
They have 3 Divisions - Premier, Division One and Division Two and there are currently 9 teams in each Division.
Games are played on a Saturday morning and there are 4 time slots: 09.30 - 10.30 / 10.45 - 11.45/ 12.00 - 13.00 / 13.15 - 14.15
Their website is www.hemelnetball.co.uk which will have contact details for anyone who wants to get involved. They also have their own League Facebook page.
Coordinator Sarah McClement reported ‘The season got off to a great start on Saturday and everyone seemed to really like the new courts’
The school is looking forward to opening its facilities to more community groups, for information about potential lettings please contact premises manager, Andy Wheeler.
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Longdean School Presents …
Longdean School has been working on a poppy display to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Students have been creating poppies and dedicating them to soldiers who fought in the First World War. Poppies are being made by parents, students and staff and every poppy made at home has been brought in with a donation to the RBL. The poppies are being displayed in the new school atrium and the joint project between history and art departments will culminate with a ceremony at the school on Friday, with events throughout the week.
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