St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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WWI Football Remembers Competition

14 July 2014

The school has entered a competition to design a WW1 memorial for the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Our design was produced by one of our Year 5 boys after a school competition to enter designs from Year 4 and 5G children. We had to produce a original design and research material with Mrs Shakespeare to write a 500 word essay on the Christmas Day Truce.

Our winner's design shows a large pair of hands holding a football, helmets and rifles and boots and a wonderful inscription. We feel it is a wonderful entry, and on 14th July 2014 we heard that he is now down to the last 35 finalists.

British Schools Council/Football Association Press Release.

Prince William has thrown his support behind a commemorative project aimed at encouraging schoolchildren to mark the centenary of World War One. The Prince is asking pupils to design a memorial in honour of the 'Christmas truce' football game of December 1914. The match, between German and Allied troops, is remembered for bringing the war to a temporary halt.

More than 30,000 schools/football academies will also be sent an education pack to help them learn about the history of the game and encouraged to enter the competition. It would be seen as a great honour for the winning school to see their entry made into a permanent memorial. A detailed design/inscription and 500 word essay are part of the competition and the hard work of the pupil/s and staff involved would be greatly encouraged to remember this important historical event.

The winning memorial design, which will be chosen by Prince William and Arsenal and England footballer Theo Walcott, will be built at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and officially unveiled in December. A shortlist of entries will be reduced to 35 and the winning school notified in mid September. The winning school will work alongside a designer to produce the final memorial for the Arboretum.