History House Competition Winners Announced!

Gina Murphy / Categories: News

History House Competition Winners Announced!

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Following Government guidelines to shut down all schools, we in the History department became very acutely aware that we were living in historically significant times. We were also aware that supporting students' wellbeing, as well as their education, was vital. As such, we decided to offer our students the opportunity to portray their experience of the COVID-19 pandemic through a History House Competition. From poems to diary entries, each student was allowed to present their work in whatever form they chose, in order to create an entirely unique source into how the crisis had affected their lives. It was important to make this as personal as possible, not just for historical integrity, but to hopefully provide students with some catharsis and a chance to be honest with their feelings on the subject.

We had dozens of amazing submissions and it is clear we have a wonderful and passionate cohort of students, who have been extremely thoughtful and reflective on the COVID 19 pandemic, and it's impact on themselves and their communities. It was extremely difficult to select just one winner from each year group and, as a Department and School, we are extremely proud of all those who participated.

In times like this, it is important to communicate and embrace the collective emotions we are all feeling in our communities. With these wonderful pieces of work, WHGS has played an instrumental role in documenting primary source material on the most important event of our generation.

The winners are: 

Year 7 - Mahira in Byrom House

Year 8 - Aaliyah in Heywood House

Year 9 - Marsha in Dalton House

Year 10 - Tamia in Gaskell House


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