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#61 Dafydd Humphreys

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 10:04 AM

Dafydd - this is brilliant - very powerful and such a good balance. The two videos at once at Tyne Cot are particularly powerful. Thank-you.



Not my work that scene, I found that on Youtube with a search on 'Tyne Cot'. Thanks for the compliments.
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 06:53 PM

ok, so my next lesson will be in working out how to use video in movie maker, and edit stuff I have ripped from youtube.. who would like to start a thread on movie maker for beginners...??

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 06:59 PM

Get hold of Serif MoviePlus - it's better than Windows MovieMaker.
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 06:32 PM

I did this year's assembly based on the "red poppy or white poppy or both or neither?" theme.

The hall had no chairs in it, and after my main assembly (see attached notes) all the students had to stand up and move into one of the four corners of the room which represented what they would wear (red, white, neither, both).

Four teachers (based in the corners of the hall) then read out "In Flanders Fields". The students then moved again to reflect where they think the poet would have positioned himself.

My final point was that the important thing was for students to reflect on what they are actually remembering tomorrow: be it noble sacrifice, senseless waste or whatever, to draw some sort of meaning out of the bloodshed.

I think it went pretty well - there was a lot of discussion as they moved around into their "zones" and there was a real spread of opinion displayed which we can follow up in a PSHCE Worksheet.

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#65 Dafydd Humphreys

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 07:09 PM

I've never seen a white poppy ever - is it a media myth?
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 07:49 PM

Dafydd, I have only ever seen one once - at a Mark Thomas 'gig' many years ago, sported by Tommy Sheridan of all people. That said, knowing Tommy he probably had it specially made to contrast with his tan.....

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 08:38 PM

Apparently the Quakers can supply them (from a colleague who has one)

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 05:13 PM

I have just updated my Remembrance Video from last year, to devote a large section to Harry Patch, and included pictures of the latest bunch of teens to be killed fighting for god knows what in Afghanistan.



Comments welcome. It's about 10 minutes long.


I passed this on to our Head who was doing this year's Remembrance Assemblies and he hass expressed gratitude to the 'History fraternity' (don't know about the sorority!) for it. Our morning assemblies are only 10 minutes so he started at the frame with Harry Patch's name and dates which was up on the screen as the kids came in, and he finished with the pictures of poppies and the British legion frame - but he has put the link on the school website as several staff have asked to see and use the whole thing - especially English for war poetry. So thank you from me as well! It was very well received by the year 8 class who I took directly after the assembly who seemed to have got the messages pretty well. I moved on pretty quickly to the day's lesson once they asked me why we were actually fighting in Afghanistan!

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 05:25 PM

re. white poppies - have to say it's not personally my thing but White poppies - interesting issues and worth discussing with students perhaps...

Edited by larochelle, 11 November 2009 - 05:26 PM.


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Posted 11 November 2009 - 06:00 PM

You're very welcome. I'm showing the video all week to all our year groups. It was very emotional today with my own Year 10 group as I told them to look out for young Jimmy Major whose body arrived back yesterday.
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Posted 11 November 2009 - 06:58 PM

All tutor groups were asked by the head to play my video this morning. It is undoubtedly powerful but some staff apparently felt it was 'too sad' and emotional. Most of my hums colleagues disagree but I must admit it did leave my tutor group silent for 10 minutes afterwards - nobody moved. If you have time to have a look I would appreciate some honest feedback about whether it was 'too much' or appropriately sad so I can learn for next year. I should add that I have equally received some positive feedback too, and am pleased it made an impression anyway. The link is here is you get a chance video. thanks

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 09:08 PM

All tutor groups were asked by the head to play my video this morning. It is undoubtedly powerful but some staff apparently felt it was 'too sad' and emotional. Most of my hums colleagues disagree but I must admit it did leave my tutor group silent for 10 minutes afterwards - nobody moved. If you have time to have a look I would appreciate some honest feedback about whether it was 'too much' or appropriately sad so I can learn for next year. I should add that I have equally received some positive feedback too, and am pleased it made an impression anyway. The link is here is you get a chance video. thanks


Very moving and most appropriate. It was very similar to one we led where we made the contrast between the last veterans and thsoe who are currently dying. It provoked a real discussion amongst a group of girls about Afghanistan at break time

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:04 AM

Bumping this excellent thread again as I prepare for tomorrow's assembly.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:15 PM

Hi all,

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to this thread. Some fantastic ideas which have really helped me with putting together my assembly for next week.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:00 PM


I have just updated my Remembrance Video from last year, to devote a large section to Harry Patch, and included pictures of the latest bunch of teens to be killed fighting for god knows what in Afghanistan.



Comments welcome. It's about 10 minutes long.


I passed this on to our Head who was doing this year's Remembrance Assemblies and he hass expressed gratitude to the 'History fraternity' (don't know about the sorority!) for it. Our morning assemblies are only 10 minutes so he started at the frame with Harry Patch's name and dates which was up on the screen as the kids came in, and he finished with the pictures of poppies and the British legion frame - but he has put the link on the school website as several staff have asked to see and use the whole thing - especially English for war poetry. So thank you from me as well! It was very well received by the year 8 class who I took directly after the assembly who seemed to have got the messages pretty well. I moved on pretty quickly to the day's lesson once they asked me why we were actually fighting in Afghanistan!


It's been deleted because of copyright infringements, it seems....




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