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BVC Remembers

BVC students marked Remembrance Day 2018 in a variety of ways, with everyone agreeing that the effects of war will never be forgotten. Staff and students alike contributed to the college's various remembrance projects, from making poppies and writing poems to painting stones and researching local war records. Tutor groups worked collectively to make individual poppies and to choose their favourite war poem. Those who wished to could write their own. The BVC History Club looked at the individual WW1 solders from local villages who had died during the war, along with creating a box of typical artifacts from the period. GCSE History students visited the WW1 battlefields last month in the lead up to the Armistice celebrations. Where possible they visited the memorials and searched for the names of Bassingbourn men who had lost their lives during the First World War, along with any men known personally to them. Their photographs and personal accounts were formed a thought-provoking display. The individual stories of Bassingbourn and Kneesworth men who died during the fighting 100 years ago were researched and displayed alongside photographs of the memorials in France and Belgium. Researching personal details of the men was particularly poignant for many students who recognised local family names and locations of where the men had grown up. The BVC Craft for Mindfulness group also produced individual pebbles with hand-painted poppies and the names of each of the fallen painted on them as an everlasting keepsake. The display of remembered soldiers and the battlefields trip were displayed in…

Cambridge award for William

Year 10 student William Pack has been praised for his work on women's suffrage as part of a competition run by a Cambridge college. William was one of a small group of BVC students chosen to attend the inaugural Millicent Fawcett Humanities & Social Sciences workshop hosted by Newnham College, Cambridge, during the summer. The workshop explored suffrage through a range of humanities and social sciences subjects, and gave students the opportunity to practice researching, writing and presenting their own project. Following the workshop, students were invited to create their own research project based on the theme(s) they found most interesting. Students were then invited to attend a Project Exhibition showcasing all entries which took place last Friday in Newnham College. William's project - an in-depth essay looking at the illustrated propaganda used by the suffragettes, such as postcards, banners and posters - earned him a Highly Commended award plus a runner's-up prize of book tokens and a signed book by Newnham Fellow and classicist Mary Beard. Organiser Sophie Parry said: "We designed the Millicent Fawcett workshop not only to commemorate Vote 100, but also with the aim of introducing young people to the interdisciplinary world of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. "As a college, we think it is incredibly important to work closely with pupils and schools in our local community, and it is amazing to see the outstanding levels of hard work and creativity that can come from this work. "William’s research project on the impact of art in achieving suffrage was…

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