Rhymney Comprehensive School – Rhymney Remembering the Fallen
This project is part of the Welsh Government’s Remembering the First World War – £1000 grant for secondary schools in Wales scheme. Every secondary school in Wales has the opportunity to apply to receive up to £1,000 to develop creative and innovative projects to commemorate the First World War. For more information and guidance on how to apply, click here.
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Pupils will visit the Imperial War Museum commemorative display before designing and creating a mural to be displayed in the school and local community. Pupils create a website detailing the lives and final resting places of 37 ex-pupils of Rhymney Middle School, killed during the war. Pupils will use a twitter account to keep members of the local community up-to-date with the progress of the project and enable members of the local community to contribute to the website and mural. The project will take 6 months to complete with the unveiling of the mural taking place in early 2015.
The mural produced by the pupils with the qr codes at the centre of the poppies
We had the idea for the project when we looked at the brass memorial plaques which are on the wall next to the tennis courts entrance to the school. The plaques list the names of the 37 men who were killed in the Great War and were pupils of this school when it was called the Rhymney Middle School.
To commemorate the lives of the soldiers we’ve built a website which can be viewed at www.rhymneyrememberingthefallen.com. The website has photographs of most of the men and information about where they were born, lived and where they died and are buried. As we found out more about each of the men we updated the website. To make sure that as many people as possible can find out about the soldier’s lives we designed an interactive mural to put on display in the local community. First Campus at the University of south Wales found out about our project and then Teresa, Dom and Glenn came to meet us to tell us how they could help in producing the mural. With Dom and Glenn we drew out a design for the mural and decided what we wanted to include.
We wanted maps to show where the men had lived and died, we wanted as many photos of the men on the mural as possible, we wanted yellow and red poppies to represent the soldiers, we wanted to show ourselves and other young people in the mural too and we wanted to add qr codes to make the mural interactive.
The qr codes are in the centre of the poppies and when you hold a smart phone or table over them each poppy takes you to a different page on our website. Some pages tell you about the lives of the men, some have interviews with our local historian, some have films of ourselves and other young people reading famous war poems and some poems we’ve written, some tell you about how the War started and ended, some show use reading letters aloud from soldiers at the Front and the replies they got from their families.
To reach as many people as possible when the mural is finished we are going to photograph it and then send copies to local schools, community centres, and anywhere else where lots of people meet. We’ve set up a twitter account (@rhymneyremember) where we tell people about a different soldier or sailor each day and ask people to send us any information they have about them that we don’t know about so we can add it to our site.