Case Study: Northampton NS -Old Letters
“I think probably I was at a bit of an advantage in comparison to yourselves in that when the children are seven and eight years old it’s difficult for them to articulate when they go home, “This is what we want and this is why we want it.” Our children were able to pick up the phone and ring grannies or granddads or an uncle somewhere and say, “This is actually what I want.”
And when they came back and saw each other’s photos and read each other’s letters…
There’s a letter –it’s just amazing: it would bring a tear to your eye –a letter from the First World War from the trenches with a guy writing back to his daughter and enquiring after his daughter that he hadn’t met and the daughter’s name was Meabh and the girl sitting in the class, her name was Meabh –the girl that brought in the letter –and the man never saw his daughter. Never came back. And they’ve got the recording of the letter and the recording of the note that was sent home to inform them that he had died…
And I think that’s kind of the exciting part of the project when you take it and you tie it all together from a personal point of view, you kind of realize that regardless of where you were from or what corner of the island you were from you were still flesh and bone and heart and had the same losses.
I’m sure that’s one area we can really appreciate and certainly that very strongly resonated through the children in our class. And we began to talk about modern wars and even war games on Playstation and things like that, and how we don’t see that it’s actually blood and guts and bone and sinew at the end of the day, what that comes down to in war.”
Shane Mc Donagh, Teacher, Northampton NS, Kinvara