St Mark’s School were invited to attend the Armed Forces Day ceremony at the Guildhall in Bath on Monday 22 June to present a film project that they had worked on, in partnership with St Saviour’s Junior School, in commemoration of World War II and VE Day.
Following a film-making workshop with director and producer, Will Sansome from Close Range Films, students and teachers, from both schools, came together to work on a collaborative project, celebrating the community’s history.
The community, consisting of local dignitaries, serving forces personnel and local residents, were moved by St Mark’s School Year 8 and 9 students’ speech on their project as well as the presentation of their film itself. The students were congratulated on their work by Ben Howlett, newly elected Member of Parliament for Bath.
St Mark’s students Rosie and Dylan commented: “Being able to talk to our local residents allowed us to gain a deeper understanding of their past so that we may learn from this and influence the future. It is our responsibility as students to learn from those who have lived through such times to make sure the lessons of history are not forgotten and live on. It was a very humbling experience and we thank those who gave their time to create this film.”
Headteacher, Mr Barnaby Ash, commented: “We are extremely proud of our students’ dedication and team work on this project. The project highlights how we value our meaningful partnerships with local primary schools as well as partnerships with businesses, providing our students with a wealth of experiences and opportunities. St Mark’s School and students were honoured to be able to present their project at the ceremony; we look forward to further opportunities to support our local community.”