News from Homewood School
When we were asked to be involved in the Cavell Van Project we thought this would be a fantastic opportunity for students to be involved in a real historical project. This project has given our students an opportunity to research original historical documentation relating to Edith Cavell at the reading room in the Imperial War Museum. This was an experience that they really appreciated, by handling letters from and to Edith it made her a real person to them. In addition to building their historical skills it has also enabled students from different year groups and different subjects to work together for example graphics students created the headings. They have used our virtual learning environment to collaborate enabling them to make decisions and progress without always having to meet up. As a result of this collaboration we have been able to enter the students into a competition run by the British Interactive Media Association and we have just discovered we are one of five fianlists. We look forward to seeing the results of our students' hard work in the museum on completion of the project.
Lesley Munro – Principal Teacher History
Mandy Rutter – Librarian
Jack Tate and Sammy Foreman from Homewood School working on the Cavell Project
We were approached with the project last November but were a bit unsure as to what would be expected of us. As it turned out – a lot! We went to the opening of the Cavell Van Restoration Appeal and started our research there. We had been given the job of creating five information boards to go into the Cavell Van, as part of a museum. We needed more research and so we went to the Imperial War Museum and looked at some sources there – many of which had been written by Edith Cavell herself. This experience really brought her to life. After several weeks of more research we completed our first draft of board one, which was about Edith. We have now had feedback and have started to amend it to the stations wishes. As well as this we are now completing board two, which is based on Captain Charles Fryatt. We still have three more boards left to make but we feel that this is a truly rare opportunity and it's great to think that our work will be there for years to come.
Jack Tate, Sammy Foreman, Tarn Hall and Charlotte Earl-Sayers
Four history students attended Channel 4 last Thursday as finalists in the British Interactive Media Associaton Challenge. The brief was to combine creativity with technology for real social benefits. Tarn Hall, Jack Tate, Samantha Foreman and Charlotte Earl-Sayers had to give a presentation on thier idea to senior figures from industry, academia and government. They spoke about their concept of a digital museum to run alongside the museum they are working on which will open in November at Tenterden museum to celebrate three key figures from history; Edith Cavell and Captain Fryatt who were shot as spies by the Germans and the unknown warrior who represents all the young men lost in WWI. Their digital museum would allow people from all over the world to view the museum. All four students spoke articulately and with passion about their concept. After a short, but nerve wracking wait, they were declared winners. Mr Hanson and Mrs Munro were very proud to be workin with such talented students. Amongst their prizes was a tour of Sky studios so we are looking forward to that!