A ‘REAL’ Exhibition of Learning - An Intergenerational Community Cohesion Event

On Tuesday 26th June Kingsmeadow school hall was transformed into ‘A WWII inspired Afternoon Tea dance’. Our ‘Then and Now’ event brought invited senior citizens from our local area into our school to be entertained by our students with an exhibition of their learning. Our guests were taken on a whistle stop tour of WWII through the mediums of drama, song and dance and every one of our Year 7 students took part.

The students began by looking at the devastating Nazi persecution of German Jews, including the holocaust, before moving on to the evacuation of children in our country during the war. The purpose of the event was to bring our seniors from the local community together with our youngest students and to give our students the opportunity to showcase and share their learning with an authentic audience whilst demonstrating how members of a community can come together in a morale boosting and uplifting way as was the case during WWII.

Our ‘REAL’ staff worked tirelessly, along with the school caretakers, to transform the hall and set up an authentic afternoon tea with triangle sandwiches, fresh cream scones and a selection of cakes and pastries all served on authentic, vintage china. Our REAL staff were even dressed in 1940s fashion to make the event as authentic as possible and our drama teacher Miss Pirie wowed with her WWII songbook medley, singing classics from Dame Vera Lynn and The Andrews Sisters.

Before leaving our guests were all given Ringtons’ sample packs provided by Simon Musgrave from Ringtons Tea Merchants. This successful local business has community at its heart and provided the tea and coffee served at the event.

The feedback from both the students and the guests who attended was extremely positive and this is certainly an event that will be put into the school calendar again next year.