Diocese of Portsmouth

    School honours WW1 hero headteacher

    17 Dec. 2018

    WHEN the children of St Matthew’s C of E Primary School in Liss discovered that previous Headteacher Tom Adlam had served in both WW1, in which he won the Victoria Cross, and WW2 they decided to hold a banquet to honour him.

    The local village hall, which used to be the old school, became the venue for the banquet and celebration on November 20th, and local veterans were invited to join. The children had been studying WW2, as well as thinking about the 100-year anniversary of the end of WW1. The school was thrilled to have Tom’s son and granddaughter, Clive and Hazel Adlam, who live in Essex, in attendance. The children were able to talk to the veterans and hear all of their stories.

    LIstening to local veterans' stories of WW2
    LIstening to local veterans' stories of WW2

    The banquet was organised by the Year 5 and 6 children, who did all of the cooking, decorating and entertaining themselves. Current Headteacher Catherine Lee said, “It was a wonderful opportunity for them all and they loved hearing all the stories from their guests. The children have already exchanged letters with Clive Adlam and we are planning another visit very soon.”

    Preparing the dessert
    Preparing the dessert

    Reverse Advent Calendar supports local foodbank

    With Foodbanks growing not only in media attention but also in the numbers of users, the children of St Matthew’s decided that this year they would do something to help resource their local Foodbank. They have joined with a large number of schools across the country by hosting a Reverse Advent Calendar, collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries in each class to boost the stocks of Bordon Foodbank, which helps people in Whitehill, Bordon and surrounding areas.

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