Centenary of the First World War: Never Such Innocence Poetry and Art Competition

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, Never Such Innocence is holding an annual poetry and art competition. Never Such Innocence is a registered charity (number 1156148) in England and Wales and is a unique project fitting into the wider series of 2014-18 centenary activities. The aim of the charity is to ensure young people nationally are inspired, informed and most importantly included in the centenary activities. They are producing a series of educational initiatives and a specially commissioned theatrical production to mark the centenary of the Great War. Never Such Innocence is also raising funds for smaller military charities .

The charity takes its name from Philip Larkin’s famous poem MCMXIV, which reflects on the changes caused by the First World War. The driving force behind Never Such Innocence is Lady Lucy French, great-granddaughter of Field Marshal Sir John French who commanded the British Expeditionary Forces from 1914-15.

They are inviting students of the Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls to send Never Such Innocence, poems or artwork inspired by the events of the First World War. Choose a topic that interests you and produce a piece of art or write a poem expressing yours thoughts and feelings.

Never Such Innocence has produced a resource pack to stimulate responses to the competition which explores the different stages of the First World War and aims to provide young people with an objective and insightful account of the events that unfolded between 1914 and 1919. There are poems and artwork from the War period incorporated throughout the resource and we have included some handy thinking points to help motivate you. The Never Such Innocence resource pack is available to download for free on-


Themes to consider: Motivation, Experience, Consequence and Legacy.

Don’t forget to check out the other resources on the website to get you thinking.

The art competition will be judged by Dr Anthony Wallersteiner , Caroline de Peyrecave , Tim Betjeman and Charlie Barton, and the poetry competition by the Ambassador of Ireland, H.E. Dr Daniel Mulhall , Dr Martin Stephen, Stanley Johnson , and a panel of experts TBC.

How to Enter

Postal entries should be sent to:

Lucy Kentish
c/o Cubitt Consulting
West Wing, Somerset House
Strand, London

Deadline: Friday 30th January 2015

A full set of rules for the Never Such Innocence poetry and art competition can be found on the website address above. We would like to encourage student members of the Frances Bardsley International Club to participate in this competition.


Lest We Forget




Come and hear Emily Green of Year 9 address student members of the Frances Bardsley International Club – sharing a personal story of her grandparents fighting in two Wars – World War I and World War II on Thursday 13th November 2014 at 1.05 pm in F07. FBIC is commemorating the Centenary of the First World War. All students are welcome. You may bring your lunch with you. Please be prompt.


For further information please see Mr. Corea (Teacher-in-Charge), Mollie Pye (President) and Sarah Pearson (International Dimension Prefect).

Rose Sixth Form Centre

Mr Julian Dutnall, Headteacher along with The Revd Father Roderick S P Hingley BA, Chairman of Governors welcomed the Deputy Mayor and Consort from The London Borough of Havering and other honoured guests to the formal opening of the Rose Sixth Form Centre.


In his speech, Mr Dutnall said “Frances Bardsley have had a 6th form for many years and due to the resilience, commitment and hard work of past and present teachers and governors we are now able to boast a Sixth Form of approximately 200 students. We now offer a huge range of courses including Sociology, Psychology, Law, Media Studies and Btec in Business, Law and ICT as well as E3 where students gain enrichment and extension. Our buildings offer dedicated ICT suites for personal study, larger classrooms, a common room with modern kitchen facilities and a purpose built lecture theatre.”


Consultants on the project were Mark Hatley and his team from PCH Associates Ltd and Contractors were Steve Payton and his team from PHB Construction.


Mr Dutnall went on to say “We have renamed the Sixth Form “The Rose Sixth Form Centre” and the Lecture Theatre has been named “The Rose Gaughan Lecture Theatre” as a permanent reminder of the school’s longest serving member. Rose was a student and Head Girl here then a teacher who went on to become Deputy Headteacher. Rose embodies innovation, caring about the school community and the achievement of all students which we, too, value at Frances Bardsley and so it is fitting that we name this building after her.”

Halloween and Fireworks


As we approach Halloween next week people will naturally be in high spirits, enjoying, “trick and treating” and going door to door. Remember the simple rules to only go to friends that you know, if the house states “no trick or treat”, please be respectful to their wishes. Throwing of eggs and flour can not only cause a mess but could be considered as criminal damage if it seeps into the brickwork or removes paint from vehicles. This is also anti-social behaviour.


Havering Police will be working closely with trading standards to prevent fireworks getting in to the hands of irresponsible people. If we encounter incidents where fireworks are misused we will take the strongest action. Please be safe when being involved with sparklers and all fireworks. Please be aware that it is an offence to purchase fireworks under the age of 18 and possess them in a public place.

Be safe over the forthcoming weeks. If a child is found acting in an anti-social manner they may be stopped by the police and their details taken, brought home to a responsible parent or guardian, and where appropriate dealt with in a robust manner.


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