WWI Memorial Garden

Our WWI memorial garden.

Our WWI memorial garden.

Barry Comprehensive School has been successful in winning a prize in the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative annual competition for the second year in a row.

The aim of the initiative is to encourage pupils across Wales to take a greater interest in their heritage, and invites all schools in Wales to enter heritage projects in a nationwide competition.  The project requires research, collection of materials, analysis and evaluation, and communication skills.  All schools entering the competition are visited by judges who assess the project, taking into account the appropriate level of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

Barry Comprehensive School was represented by a group of Year 10 pupils – Aaron Bollingham, Rhys Evans, Joe Heppenstall, Taylor Hinchly, John McAllister and Gethin Stuckey.  The group decided to link their project to the centenary of the First World War by commemorating the ex-pupils of our school who were killed during the conflict.

The main aspect of the project was the memorial garden that the boys designed and helped to build.  The boys created 53 poppies to hang from the tree above the garden to represent every one of the ex-pupils who died; each being engraved with the name of one of the ex-pupils.  The memorial garden is now to be used during whole-school events marking the centenary as well as every November from now on for Remembrance Day.  The boys also worked extremely hard throughout their investigation into the context of the Great War and the significance of Remembrance.  This also included researching the family history of three of the ex-pupils and creating a wall display celebrating their lives before the war.  Additionally, the group delivered a lesson to a Year 7 class, emphasizing the messages that they had learnt themselves in order to encourage other boys to participate in the upcoming commemoration events.

The WHSI awards ceremony took place in the Caerleon Campus of the University of South Wales on 7th July and prizes were awarded for the best projects in each category: infant, primary, secondary and special schools.  These prizes were presented by the sponsors who donated them – Aaron and Gethin collected our prize from the Association of History Teachers in Wales on behalf of the school.

The History department is extremely proud of what the boys have achieved and commends them for the effort that they have put into the project throughout the year.  Well done!


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