Budding historians investigate the life of Nelson Mandela

Worcester News: Nunnery Wood High School year 8 student, Sam Causley, 12 with fellow students from years, 7, 8 and 9 show off some of the art work they have created to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela as part of a history competition. Picture by John Anyon. 0514510901 Nunnery Wood High School year 8 student, Sam Causley, 12 with fellow students from years, 7, 8 and 9 show off some of the art work they have created to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela as part of a history competition. Picture by John Anyon. 0514510901

PUPILS at a Worcester school have been looking at the life of historical figure Nelson Mandela as part of their school work.

The history department at Nunnery Wood High School decided to run a competition about Mr Mandela following his death, aged 95, at the end of 2013.

History teacher Bee Speechley said the pupils at the Spetchley Road school were encouraged to undertake their own research into the life and times of the former South African president, to look at positive and negative opinions and to decide whether he was a hero or not.

They were then asked to produce a piece of work and entries included displays of photographs, artwork, poetry and written descriptions of Mandela's life with prizes awarded for the best ones.

Miss Speechley said: "We wanted the students to have the chance to develop another part of the curriculum.

"We asked them to draw on their historical skills of enquiry and interpretation.

" We wanted them to form their own opinions.

"It was in the news so there was lots of information they could refer to.

"We had a phenomenal number of entries, well over 100 from years 7, 8 and 9.

"The range of work they produced was quite incredible."

The winners of the competition were Harry Church and Dan Rickman, from year 7, Jade Bedford from year 8 and Ali Ahmed from year 9.

They all received a £10 voucher for their efforts.

Runners up included James Dec, Darian Murray, Maddie Kinnersley and Hannah-Jo Pass from year 7, Charlotte Cooper, Sam Causley and Ella Sutton, from year 8, and Olivia Saunders and Georgina Last, from year 9.

The runners up received a £5 voucher.

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11:00am Fri 7 Feb 14

willing says...

I would think this was a good thing, if it wasn't for the fact that our kids appear to spend a lot of time learning about a variety of cultures and religions, yet seem to know worryingly little of our own, like Brunel, Nelson, Dickens, Shakespeare, Gladstone, and all of the successes that helped to put the 'Great' in Great Britain. Ever wondered why we seldom hear the Great anymore?
I would think this was a good thing, if it wasn't for the fact that our kids appear to spend a lot of time learning about a variety of cultures and religions, yet seem to know worryingly little of our own, like Brunel, Nelson, Dickens, Shakespeare, Gladstone, and all of the successes that helped to put the 'Great' in Great Britain. Ever wondered why we seldom hear the Great anymore? willing

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