News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Anna and Alex off to the Tower for special award!

30th January, 2019 by Anna Littlewood-Hillsdon, The Kings and Queens News Team

Year 10 students Alex Cramp and Anna Littlewood-Hillsdon at The Kings of Wessex Academy have an extra special memory of the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Anna and Alex were invited to the Tower of London in November to receive an award from UCL in recognition of their work on their World War One Centenary Battlefields Tour Legacy Project. The dynamic duo were chosen to represent Hugh Sexey Middle School following their trip to Belgium - way back in 2016 - in which they visited many sites where they learned mostly about the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Ypres where former pupils of Hugh Sexey lost their lives. Anna and Alex collaborated on the project with Head of Humanities at Hugh Sexey, Mrs Roberta Adair, who accompanied the group on the trip to Belgium, and also former teacher at HSMS Mr Adam Broad.

As one of only five projects from across the UK to win the National Award, Anna and Alex were proud to present their work in front of dignitaries in The Banqueting Suite at the Tower and worked hard in their own time to complete the project. They also represented Hugh Sexey to a high standard during the trip to Belgium and were even invited to present a wreath at The Menin Gate during one of the daily evening services.

Anna described her experience at Menin Gate as “one of the most memorable experiences of the trip. I was filled with a sense of respect and was very moved as I walked next to walls filled with the names of soldiers that had lost their lives and whose bodies had never been found during WW1. I felt very privileged to participate in the ceremony and it will be something that I will never forget.”

The Legacy Project is a ‘choose your own adventure’ story in which pupils and other users are encouraged to navigate through the project at their own pace. It uses an interactive, touchscreen board to enable users to discover different aspects of Ypres and The Somme through a wide range of media. Photos and video clips that were taken during the trip are featured, combined with iconic and moving media from other sources. It can be seen in the Hugh Sexey School Library, and it was on view in Wedmore Village Hall during Remembrance Week.

With grateful thanks to Mrs Adair and Mr Broad for all the hard work and time they gave to help Anna and Alex achieve this award as part of this special centenary anniversary.