19th February 2018 — On many occasions over the past 4 years, pupils at Barfield School in Farnham have commemorated the centenary of The Great War, including some very poignant poppy displays on Remembrance Day. This year’s Arts Week was a wonderful opportunity in the final year of the centenary to further commemorate The Great War and to extend the children’s understanding of the wider impact of this defining period in British history.
Staff and pupils enjoyed a fantastic week of activities as they stepped back in time to find out what life was like 100 years ago. Through art, drama, design technology, dance, music and creative literature, the children – from the youngest in the Nursery to the oldest in the Prep School – enjoyed activities which focused on this year's theme of "British Life 1914-1918". Activities included cooking with rationed ingredients, learning about the work of Beatrix Potter who wrote prolifically during this period, researching and writing letters to loved ones away at war and a visit from a serving soldier!
The whole school worked collaboratively to create its very own Barfield quilt which commemorates the resourcefulness of life during The Great War. A second utility quilt was created using old school uniform and it is hoped that this will be used to fund raise in the future. The children’s commitment and sense of pride has been amazing to watch and the finished results of these, and all the children’s work, is now displayed around the school for all to see.
Mrs Christina Tupper, Director of Studies, said, “Arts Week is an important event in the school calendar. It is an opportunity for children to learn about social history and cultural influences. There has been a real buzz of excitement around the school and the children are very proud of what they have achieved.”