Oulder Hill remembers …
Oulder Hill Community School recognises the importance of remembering key events and people from the past.
At Oulder Hill Community School, we are committed to remembering and commemorating significant events from our History – local, national and international.
We have run a school History trip to Berlin to visit Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Gestapo headquarters, the Holocaust memorial, the Olympic Stadium and other sites of historical significance.
We have run school History trips to the Imperial War Museum in Salford.
We have run school History trips to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.
We have organised World War One workshops in school with Jason King, who brings his collection of World War One artefacts for the students to handle and experience.
We have run school trips to the World War One battlefields of France and Belgium, visiting memorials, cemeteries and museums and laying a wreath on behalf of the staff and students at the Last Post at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium.
We have participated in the Government backed World War One battlefields trip for which we won a legacy award for our project.
We have participated in a World War One battlefields trip in conjunction with Manchester City Council to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Manchester Hill. As a follow up to this, we attended the memorial service with the Duke of Lancaster Regiment at Manchester Cathedral.
We created a legacy project inspired by our centenary visit which sits in our pupil entrance at school. It is a 6-metre x 3 metre map of Rochdale from 1918 with an individual poppy placed on the address of each Rochdale soldier who fought in the First World War. There are 1,486 poppies in total. This project was created by our two Year 10 students who participated in the battlefields visit, along with a History teacher and our design technician. This project has won a national award for remembrance and our students collected their award and gave a presentation at the ceremony at the tower of London.
The legacy project was unveiled officially by the Mayor of Rochdale on 9th November 2018 and wreaths were laid by our head boy and head girl – on behalf of the students, and by our chair of Governors – on behalf of the school. Two buglers played the Last Post at 11:00 to mark the minute silence in school. https://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/123793/oulder-hill’s-world-war-one-legacy-project-unveiled
The project has also been visited by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, the MP for Rochdale, The president of the Rochdale Branch and the County Youth Officer of the British Royal Legion.
Smaller displays of the project map were on display in Rochdale Town Hall and in Touchstones – Rochdale’s local History museum. We were then invited to speak to veterans about our project at the Veterans’ breakfast in Rochdale Town Hall and were awarded with a certificated from the Mayor at the Mayor’s thank you for our work on remembrance.
The students have also won awards from the Royal Society of St George and the school is now affiliated with the British Legion due to our work on remembrance.
A year 8 student wrote a poem about remembrance which was framed by the British Legion and is now on display in the Mayor’s Parlour at Rochdale Town Hall.
We invited a Holocaust survivor, Joanna Millan, into school to speak to our Year 9 students about her experience. The students then attended workshops delivered by a Holocaust educator.
There are annual assemblies delivered to each year group on Remembrance and on Holocaust Memorial Day.
Tutorials are created to delivered to form groups on significant events in our History and bookmarks have been given to students to mark anniversaries of particular events of significance in History.
Respects are paid at the war memorials in Rochdale Cemetery by GCSE History students on key events in the History of World War One and World War Two.
Schemes of work in History in all year groups are designed to commemorate and remember, allowing our students to develop their skills of empathy and understanding of the world around them.