MJPS Send Festive Cheer to the Armed Forces
The Children have been busy preparing for the forthcoming festive season. As the children prepare to celebrate festivals including Hanukah and Christmas they have taken time to reflect on one of their key topics this term – Remembrance.
To reinforce their class-based work to mark Armistice Day the children undertook a special trip to the Wimbledon War Memorial. During this trip the children learnt about Paul Mervis, a member of the South London Jewish Community and soldier of the 2 Rifles Battalion. Sadly Lieutenant Paul Mervis died during a foot patrol in Afghanistan in June 2009.
Seeing Paul’s photograph and hearing his story brought the reality of remembrance to life for the children. As their school term draws to a close the children have been busy making a range of festive cards and they wanted to share their work beyond their immediate families and friends. So the children decided to make cards for soldiers in our armed forces. With the help of Paul’s family they have been able to send their beautiful creations to Paul’s former colleagues in 2 Rifles.
2 Rifles are currently serving in Afghanistan, based in Kabul as the last remaining UK troops due to return home in the spring.
Headteacher, Kate Baum, commented on this special project, “We are immensely proud of the children for their thoughtful and creative work. We hope that the members of 2 Rifles enjoy the children’s cards and being remembered during the festive season when so many members of our armed forces are far from their loved ones.”