Amidst preparations for the terrible battle of Aubers Ridge, the men organised three games between Cornish and Devon soldiers in the Field Ambulance after Camborne Rugby Club sent out a ball. The school last Friday (6 December 2019) commemorated these matches by playing a seven-a-side game between teams representing Devon and Cornwall. Click here for more.
To create the exhibition, English students, with the help of their teacher Anne Debette, corresponded with Alison Pooley, the granddaughter of Leslie Pentecost who had played in the matches.
Their beautifully presented display showed the school's commitment to this history. Very impressive indeed.
It also presented messages - written in French - from St John's Catholic Primary School in Camborne, which is just started to correspond with the school. They were very impressive and a credit to Camborne!
Links with EstairesOur work in Estaires started in 2017 when we forged links between Cornwall and the town having discovered that Cornish miners from Dolcoath were stationed in Estaires. Camborne Youth Band visited the town in 2018; Corey Williams, the great great grandson of Fred Negus, one of the miners, was in the Band and played Fred's 100-year-old bugle.
In November that same year, we visited the town again on Armistice Day with Alison Pooley and her sister Carmen Saunders to honour these historic links. The school pulled out all the stops then, too, with a fantastic exhibition, musical performance and play.