Important Historical Anniversaries in December

1st December: Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 Rosa Parks: Bus Boycott, Civil Rights & Facts – HISTORY

6th December: 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, abolishes slavery in 1865. 13th Amendment – Abolition of Slavery | Constitution Center

9th December: Genocide Convention signed by the UN in 1948 United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

16th December: Boston Tea Party, 1773 Coming of the American Revolution: Boston Tea Party (masshist.org)

18th December: 100 year anniversary of the Irish Free State Irish Free State declared – HISTORY

27th December: 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Pasteur Louis Pasteur | Science History Institute

30th December:  100th anniversary of the formation of the USSR Soviet Union – Countries, Cold War & Collapse | HISTORY – HISTORY

First World War Knife

Last year, Caitlin’s research of her ancestor, Joseph Anderson MacPheat, who fought in the First World War, led to the unlikely discovery of his war knife in the north of Scotland. This was after Muriel Murray from the Castletown Heritage Society stumbled on her PGHS newsletter article from last November. Mr Dever has spent a considerable number of hours researching and documenting the story of the war knife, and has now interviewed all of the people involved, which included a visit to Castletown – a 9 hour drive from his home! You can read and hear the full extraordinary story here: https://matthewdever.co/a-war-knife

Mr Herbert

Curriculum Leader for History

St Mary’s Church War Graves

Last Friday six of our students visited St Mary’s Church in Penwortham to clean up the First and Second World War graves that had unfortunately fallen into a poor condition. Armed with buckets sponges and brushes the students demonstrated a fantastic work ethic to scrub the headstones clean despite the torrential rain! Ron Drakeford, a local veteran, had noticed the poor condition of the graves when visiting them before the Remembrance weekend, and had requested help in cleaning them. The students were eager to offer their support and were a real credit to our school. An extra thoughtful touch, Isabel Wrennall placed white roses on each of the graves as an additional mark of respect.

Mr Herbert

Curriculum Leader for History

Remembrance

Last week, students from our school took part in a number of Remembrance events in the local area. The Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl, Olivia and Lola, laid wreaths at Penwortham War Memorial on behalf of the school on Armistice Day and on Remembrance Sunday. At the Remembrance Sunday service, they also read the names of those soldiers from the local area who lost their lives during the First World War. It was fantastic to see so many students from school at the event, whether they were representing other organisations such as the Scouts, or those who had come with their families. In school, the Year 7 charity council have raised money for the British Legion by selling poppies, and assemblies focussed on the local men who fought and died during the First World War. Students who belong to services and scouting groups wore their uniforms in school and at 11am on Armistice Day, a two-minute silence was observed by all in school. This was followed by a recital of the Reveille by Mrs Little on the trumpet.

Mr Herbert

Associate Assistant Headteacher

Literature and Languages Festival

Our Literature and Languages Festival took place from 10th October to the 21st October. A variety of activities, competitions and events took place and it was a huge success. Please click the link below to view the newsletter articles about the festival.

History Department Library

The History Department Library has recently been updated with some superb new books. Titles include winners and nominees from the Historical Association’s ‘Young Quills’ awards, such as ‘Race to the Frozen North’ by Catherine Johnson, a story of African American explorer Matthew Henson, and ‘Sky Chasers’ by Emma Carroll a story about the flight of the first hot air balloon in Paris. Feel free to browse the titles in the library and if you spot one that you would like to borrow, please see Mr Herbert or Mr Bretherton.

Mr Herbert

Curriculum Leader for History

History Competitions

The History Department are running two competitions in October for students in years 9-11. The popular ‘History Haiku Challenge’ is returning during the Languages and Literature Festival in October. Last year there were some fantastic entries on a diverse range of topics. Here are two winning entries from last year’s competition:

They are changing us

Normans forcing us to build

Their castles of wood 

Sian K 

 

Waiting in the lines

Trapped by the German forces

But then came the boats 

Lottie J 

 

There is also another opportunity for Year 10 students to participate in national Smart Law Bar Mock Trial Competition. Last year the team lost by one point in their heat of the magistrates mock trial. This year, it will take place in Preston Crown Court and is a criminal case. The first meeting to prepare the case will take place next week.

Mr Herbert

Curriculum Leader for History

Black History Month

Black History Month takes place during the month of October each year. This year’s theme is ‘Actions Not Words’, Catherine Ross the editor of Black History Month UK describes the event as follows: “To get to a better tomorrow, we can’t just focus on the past. The past is in the past. We can acknowledge and learn from it, but to improve the future, we need action, not words. We need to come together around a shared common goal to achieve a better world for everyone.”

During October there will be form time activities and assemblies which will explore black history, however if you would like to do your own research the following are good resources:

 

History Department Library – Diver’s Daughter by Patrice Lawrence

BBC iPlayer:

Witness History – Black British History

Horrible Histories – Series 9: Black British History

BBC Teach Website – Black History Month – Teacher Resources

www.Blackhistorymonth.org.uk  

Mr Herbert

Curriculum Leader for History

Year 7 History Trip to Sawley Abbey and Clitheroe Castle

Earlier this term, over the course of two days, all of our year 7 students had the opportunity to spend the day visiting two impressive historical sites located in our area. In the morning, students visited Sawley Abbey, which has been ruined since its dissolution under Henry VIII in 1536. The monastery was founded in the 12th century and students conducted a full site survey, discovering the location and function of each of the rooms. This complemented the students’ classroom study of monastic life during the Middle Ages. The students were then treated to a play in the grounds of the abbey, performed by our students, which charted the significant moments in the monastery’s history., This included its founding in 1149, the arrival of the Black Death in 1348 and its eventual dissolution. Using props and costumes, the students gave a lively and entertaining performance!

In the afternoon, the students made the short journey to Clitheroe Castle. Here, they were divided into groups and attended four workshops on castles and castle life, led by the museum staff. The students participated in medieval games such as quoits (a primitive version of badminton) and a medieval board game. They enjoyed an engaging practical demonstration from a blacksmith who quickly made a nail and an arrowhead. In the keep was a very memorable talk by a knight in armour, who allowed the students to wear medieval helmets and wield swords. The final workshop was led by a cook who showed the students the duties of a castle servant and the different types of food that the lord of the castle would have eaten. The finale of the day was a fight between two knights in different types of armour and the blasting of the castle cannon.  The students had a fantastic time learning about medieval history in both Sawley and Clitheroe and conducted themselves superbly during the trip. I would like to thank the staff who volunteered to help supervise the students on the trip and become honorary members of the history department for the day! 

Mr Herbert

Curriculum Leader for the History Department

Year 9 Mock Trial Competition

As part of the mock trial that year 9 students participated in earlier this term, Heather and Maisie submitted entries to the Court Reporter and Court Artist competition. Heather has written a fantastic piece using the trial as a means to explore the issues of appropriate online behaviour and culpability for crimes committed on the internet. Maisie contributed by completing a superb sketch of a key moment of the trial and the prosecution’s examination of key witnesses. Here is the article along with the artwork.

Mr Herbert

Curriculum Leader for History

  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider