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Youngsters to get involved in World War One Day commemoration

On March 28th schools across Great Britain will take part in a national event to commemorate the outbreak of World War One. Abbeywood Community School has been chosen to lead a pathfinder event and has teamed up with neighbouring College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud, to make the day a success.

With many activities taking place throughout the day, SGS College’s Public Services Department will help to facilitate an interactive day for learners within the school’s sports faculty.

The event is an acknowledgement and commemoration of the outbreak of World War One and will provide learners with an insight into the nature and structure of life in the Armed Forces as well as the demands.  It will provide opportunities to explore teamwork, leadership, communication skills, technical skills, fitness and have fun, whilst learning about military life and aspiring to achieve.

Staff from the Public Services Department, together with members of the Level 3 Public Services BTEC programme will assist Abbeywood learners to undertake and experience various group activities that would be reflective of elements from the induction process into the Army.

The day will commence at 9am with an interactive experience which will show learners the impact of war and particularly the First World War  The group of 90 students will then be broken into five ‘platoons’ which will be subdivided into 3 sections with a Lance Corporal for each and a Corporal overseeing the whole platoon.  A member of the SGS Level 3 BTEC Public Services course will join each group as Sergeant and will lead the group through the day’s events.  Each platoon will undertake five activity stations on a carousel basis throughout the day; Team Building Activities, Drill, Interaction with Service Veterans and Fitness. At 2.30pm all learners will regroup for a passing out parade where the best platoon and recruit will be acknowledged.

David Carlyon Head of Public Services commented: “This is an excellent opportunity for collaboration between our two organisations which will bring benefit and enrichment to the younger members of our community, both as learners and volunteers.”

Richard Baker Head of Sport at Abbeywood commented: “We are delighted to have the support of the Public Service Department as it will enable our students to have a real insight into army life and have a deeper understanding of what happened in WW1. It will also be the start of an ongoing collaboration between both organisations and really inspire our students working with the Level 3 students.”