Pupils learn about wartime life

PUBLISHED: 20:00 16 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

RATIONING, air raids and evacuations were brought to life at Holywells High School as teenagers met with pensioners to learn of their experiences of the Second World War.

RATIONING, air raids and evacuations were brought to life at Holywells High School as teenagers met with pensioners to learn of their experiences of the Second World War.

The pupils asked pensioners to recall their wartime memories as part of their history studies.

Rosie Boreham, 87, was one of the group who joined the students in the classroom for the project which will forms part of their national curriculum course.

Mrs Boreham, of Bucklesham Road, recalled how a bomb landed at the Murray Road recreational ground which blew out the back of her house in St Leonards Road in September 1942.

Fortunately her family escaped injury but lived in the front of the house while repairs were being carried out.

It was her second visit to the school. "It is important for children of Ipswich to know what went on and the difficulties and hardships we encountered," she explained.

"Things are so easy for young people today. They need to realise how fortunate they are and appreciate the good things they have is down to what we went through in the Second World War. You didn't know from minute to minute what was going to happen.

"The children were very interested and well behaved and enjoyed listening to the stories."

Mrs Boreham lost five good friends in an air raid following a direct hit on a house in Hamilton Road in 1942.

She also recalled a German plane crashing in Gippeswyk Park on 21 August 1940. Four Germans parachuted out of the plane and were confronted by women wielding saucepans.

In August 1942 an air raid shelter was hit by a German bomb killing eight children in Nacton Road. "You heard all the stories through the gossip at the time," said Mrs Boreham.

Pupil Kerry Hynes, 14, of Clapgate Lane, who quizzed Rosie on the war years, said: "I really enjoyed today. I think it was really horrible what people had to go through. It is a good way of learning and makes us realise how lucky we are."

Their work is due to be exhibited at the town library and at St Augustine's Church.

It is also hoped to create a website to be used by other schools.

Meanwhile the school is looking to create a permanent memorial to the 53 people killed by bombings in Ipswich during the second world war which may be sited in the Ravenswood area of the town.

Year nine history teacher Marion Kirkham said: "The idea was that the pupils should study the home front in the local area and how people were affected during world war two.

"It brings history alive and gives the children awareness of the community they are in and the experiences of older people.

"The students were motivated, polite and interested. I wanted to raise awareness that not every student causes problems but produce good quality work."

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