PUPILS at St John’s School marked the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster by travelling back in time.
The children, aged from five to 11 years, got dressed up in their finest 1910 clothes for a day of Titanic-themed activities.
The children decided what style of clothes from the era they would wear, and were sorted into classes accordingly, which resulted in ‘lots of first class passengers’, according to teacher Sara Ayres, as everyone wanted to dress up nicely!
The fun began at 9.30am, as everyone boarded the ‘ship’ where they were greeted by the captain – who happened to look a lot like head teacher Nigel Bennett – and, after being welcomed aboard the RMS Titanic, the children began the morning’s activities.
Among other things, the pupils got a chance to play deck games, including croquet, skipping and hoop-and-stick. They then moved inside to play some parlour games that would have been popular at the time; playing with diablos, yo-yos and the card game ‘Happy Families’. They also wrote postcards to people back home.
After break for lunch, dancing was next on the agenda for the busy children. The 1st class passengers performed an elegant waltz, whereas the children in 3rd class demonstrated their country dancing talents.
Then it was time to retire to the parlour, for a relaxing afternoon of being served tea and ‘cocktails’ by waitresses.
Mrs Ayres, said: ‘The children are very excited about it all, and the whole Titanic project has been a great experience for the Year 6 children to work with Years 1 and 2 on focused tasks.’
Prior to the special day, the children did work on the Titanic disaster, with younger children examining the social side of it – passengers, the ship itself – and older ones doing projects, including marketing holidays onboard Titanic 2, which is being built by an Australian businessman.
The billionaire in question, Clive Palmer, has almost finished the designs for the vessel, with work due to start on the ship in China by the end of this year.
The new vessel will be 98 per cent the same as the original, the only differences being safety-related as well as extra-comfort such as air conditioning in the cabins.
Titanic day was a success for St John’s School, and the perfect way to remember the historically significant event in a fun and informative way.