Hartismere School

Est. 1451. An outstanding coeducational secondary school & sixth form college and England's first academy

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

History Learning at Home - Week 5 (Covid-19)

Bury St Edmunds

Sunday 10 May 2020


Dear pupils and parents

History Learning at Home

After a short but nevertheless busy teaching week and training day on Thursday we all really enjoyed the build up to and celebration of VE Day on Friday. Despite the current restrictions the country certainly marked the 75th anniversary in style and our school community played its part magnificently. We were thrilled to see the efforts you all made, going the extra mile to get into the swing of things. Thank you to everyone who sent us photos and videos to show what you had been doing. Some of the personal stories were amazing and it was great to see the lives of some truly inspirational men and women being remembered with such love and respect. I think I've managed to share everything that came through but if you still have something you'd like us to put up on Instagram then please do let us have it. 

VE Day was undoubtedly a hugely significant moment and rightfully a time of celebration but as an old friend reminded me on Friday there were of course many people awaiting news of their loved ones still serving overseas in the campaigns against Japan or languishing in POW camps. It was going to be several months before these families could truly share in the celebrations as it wasn't until 15 August that VJ day marked the final end to all hostilities. No doubt there will be a similar effort over the summer to ensure that this anniversary is also marked appropriately. 

So, with the Early May Day Bank Holiday/VE Day behind us we're into the last two weeks of school work before Half Term! Stay safe and stay in touch.


With best wishes, 

Richard Miller