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  • Women's History Month 2024

    Published 19/03/24

    International Women's Day
    Friday 8th March

    Please click on the link here for an inspirational Women's History Month calendar for March.









    Celebrate International Women's Day
    with some of these suggestions 

    Cinderella is Dead by Kallyn Bayron

    It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery.

    Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step-sisters.  Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all.


    This Book is Feminist by Jamia Wilson and Aurelia Durand

    'This Book Is Feminist' is a vibrantly illustrated introduction to intersectional feminism for pre-teens and teens.

    Discover the history and meaning of the feminist movement through 15 reasons why feminism improves life for everyone.


    My Brothers Have Not Read Little Women
    by Scarlett Curtis

    We sailed to Treasure Island,
    Became Lord of the Flies,
    We saw ourselves in Holden C,
    Damaged, sad and wise.

    We gave our time to Oliver.
    Our hearts to Spider-man.
    Followed Charlie to the factory,
    Took flight with Peter Pan.

    Your words are universal.
    Your characters are true.
    Your stories transcend gender,
    But women write books too.

    Popular Culture

    Moxie - Netflix

    Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school, who thinks the football team can do no wrong.

    Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

    Please click here for further reading materials and other useful links.

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  • A Black British Hero: Walter Tull 1888 to 1918

    Published 11/11/21
    Early Life and Background

    Walter Tull was born in Folkestone Kent in 1888 being the grandson of a slave with his father having arrived in the country from Barbados in 1876, although his mother died when he was just 7 years old and Tull & his brother Edward were sent to a Children’s Orphanage in Bethnal Green.

    The reason why this decision was taken was because it was believed it would prevent the family from becoming destitute as Tull’s stepmother was struggling to cope with a large family as he had four other siblings & the two older boys were seen as liabilities that the family could not afford.

    At the time Tull and his brother were sent to the orphanage there was always the option that he could return home although in the event the two boys stayed in the institution which was a relatively safe environment until their teenage years and were starting to think of life beyond the home.

    Tull completed his education whilst in the orphanage before getting a job at a local printers which he was hoping would provide an opportunity for him to have some kind of career as a reporter on a newspaper & in his spare time he played football on a regular basis as this was a real passion for him.


    Career as a Professional Footballer

    Walter Tull showed himself to be a talented footballer and when he was 20 in 1908 he had a trial for local amateur team Clapton in the East End of London and was picked to play for them and after just one season he had made such an impression that he was spotted by talent scouts who were looking for new players and signed up by Tottenham Hotspur from the First Division (top flight of football in Britain at this time) For this he received a signing on fee of £10 and a wage of £4 a week.

    At this time Tull was the only second black man to play professional football in Britain, and he soon settled in at Tottenham making a significant impression on the club who had just been promoted to the First Division, although he often had to deal with racial abuse from opposition fans at away fixtures.

    After just seven games for Tottenham however Tull was dropped and during the following season he joined Northampton Town and played just three games but after this he did become a regular player for the team and began to generate interest in other clubs notably Glasgow Rangers who wanted to sign him.


    World War I and Career in the Armed Forces

    The move of Walter Tull to Rangers never took place because of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 resulting in his decision to join the army as a member of the Football Battalion and within a relatively short period of time he was promoted to the rank of sergeant indicating his leadership potential.

    Walter Tull was not posted to the Western Front until November 1915 and once here he found the situation in the trenches challenging and suffered from shellshock particularly after being involved at the Battle of the Somme which started in July and was sent home in order to recover from his condition. Within a relatively short period of time Tull returned to the Western Front, but he was sent home again suffering from trench fever although in spite of this he continued to impress his military superiors who recommended that he should be considered for further promotion as an officer.

    Career as an Army Officer and Death in 1918

    Walter Tull was sent to the officer training school at Gailes in Scotland and in spite of military regulations which stated that “any negro or person of colour” could not be an officer Tull received his first commission as a Lieutenant in May 1917 and in doing so became the first Black combat officer in the British Army.

    Tull was sent to the Italian Front and led his soldiers at the Battle of Piave in January 1918 and was remarkably successful in his first raid as his battalion suffered no casualties in spite of the fact that they were under intense fire by the enemy with this being viewed as impressive by his superiors. Tull remained in Italy until 1918 when he was transferred to France so as to take part in the attempt to break the German lines on the Western Front and on 25th March he was ordered to lead an attack on their position at Favreuil, but he was shot by German fire in the head in No Man’s Land and died instantly.

    During his relatively short period in command Tull had become a popular officer with his men and following his death several of them attempted to rescue his body from No Man’s Land and bring it back to the British trenches but had to give up because of heavy enemy fire from German machine gun positions.

    It is now known that Tull was recommended for the Military Cross because of his bravery in battle, although this was never received by his family with the Ministry of Defence claiming that there is no record of such a recommendation existing, although it is now believed that the issue of race played a part.

    Mr Goodall, Head of History











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  • Remembrance Day: A Celebration of Unity and Courage

    Published 11/11/21

    Twenty-one million injured. Over nine million soldiers killed. A tragedy forever in our minds.

    From 1914 to 1918, Europe was brought to a standstill as World War One (WW1) raged throughout the continent. Over 30 nations declared war and seventy million military personnel were sent to fight for their countries. To honour their heroism, bravery and sacrifice, we have Remembrance Day. Celebrated annually, Remembrance Day is observed throughout the Commonwealth on the 11th of November at 11AM, at the time Germany surrendered to The Allies.

    Many soldiers would have been young, encouraged by the omnipresent propaganda and galvanised by the rising patriotism in Britain, to enlist. As students ourselves, it’s imperative to recognise the great number of lives lost at such a young age. Many were young: 17-19 years old. They were barely older than us, yet they were not comfortably learning in school but suffering in the trenches and dying on the battlefield. On the 11th of November, we must remember both the savagery of war that cut their lives short, and celebrate their sacrifices. Further than that, we must remain grateful for the opportunities in life given to us that were not possible for them, and choose to live life to the fullest...

    This year, I’m also choosing to highlight those who aren’t always celebrated on Remembrance Day. Soldiers on the battlefield faced great struggles; however, women left on the Homefront also faced problems and overcame them with admirable courage. These issues included food shortages, bomb strikes and a crippled economy. Fear and hardship were rife at home, yet those who suffered are often forgotten on  Remembrance Day.  Girl Guides picked up shovels and grew food for the whole nation; children knitted socks for soldiers; women became farmers, train drivers and factory workers. The bravery they displayed in face of great upheaval should not be forgotten, but celebrated alongside the actions of brave soldiers for their contribution in winning the war.

    Many soldiers were also forgotten; in particular, 1.5 million soldiers from British colonies in Asia and Africa have been erased from history. Rather than being commemorated with headstones, like their comrades, their names were scrawled on a registar, and they were buried in mass graves. We never learn about their bravery, their truth, and they remain forgotten. By choosing to highlight their bravery this Remembrance Day, we do not diminish the actions of British soldiers but instead embrace the strength and courage shown by all those who contributed in World War One, regardless of race and nationality.

    In the sixty seconds we have on the 11th of November, let us remember all those who contributed to the war effort. Let us remember all the women, all the leaders and all the soldiers who helped secure our future. But most importantly?

    Let us take their sense of unity and togetherness forward into the future. In face of recent problems, the world has fractured, and each nation has chosen to pursue its own selfish interests. Countries have chosen to ignore each other's struggles and forced themselves to battle alone. This is not a viable solution. We must step into the future: together and united.

    Megan Lisle & Megan Le, Year 12

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  • King John and the Magna Carta

    Published 04/02/21

    Students in 7CPB have been studying King John and the Magna Carta and have created plaques to commemorate his reign. So many excellent pieces of work, so well done to everyone who submitted their designs.  Here are a selection of some of the best efforts.

    Mr Martin, History Department

    Lev Griffin, Year 7


    Layla Evans, Year 7


    Jibril Dahir, Year 7


    Ayaka Machida, Year 7




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  • Holocaust Memorial Day - 27th January

    Published 27/01/21

    Students at Bexley Grammar School have been learning about the Holocaust this week in line with Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27th. January 27th 1945 was the date that the biggest Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by Russian troops, bringing to an end the systematic murder of Jewish, Gypsy, LGBT and other people in that part of Poland. The Holocaust claimed the lives of over 6 million people and affected millions more. Students have been learning about the stories of some of the individuals who were affected by the Holocaust in their English, FBCS and History lessons and some of their work is shared below.

    Thanks to all the staff who enabled this and delivered the material to students. Thank you to all of the students who participated and contributed their ideas.

    Mr Martin, History Teacher


    Gena Turget- Birth 1923
    1st September 1939- her house was first bombed
    Autumn 1941- moved to the ghetto in Krakow
    1944-45 sent to Auschwitz
    January 1945- sent on trucks to Bergen Belsen
    15th April 1945– Bergen Belsen was liberated

    Gena was only 16 when her house was bombed at the beginning of the war, which meant she then had to move to a ghetto where some of her family were shot. When they were found they were forced to constantly move from one camp to another until she was finally liberated in 1945, with only her Mother left as her remaining living family.

    We need to remember these stories, so it reminds us of this despicable crime and not to do it again. Gena helps us remember that not only adults, but children who were brought up in Judaism were taken to concentration camps too, and that genocide is a despicable crime which should never happen in large or small numbers ever again. From her experiences she has written a book “I light a candle”.

    Jessica Davis, Year 7


    Aaron Kiley, Year 9


    Emilia Morgan, Year 9


    Reine Inow
    Born: 1929 in Germany
    Lived with: her mother, her father, her brother and her sister

    Reine Inow was born in Germany and was a Jew. When she was 10 years old, her brother was taken to a concentration camp and she was sent away to Britain by the Kinder transport - a programme that helped children escape Germany to find a safer place to live. She arrived in England and stayed with her aunt. Reine managed to escape the holocaust, however, her parents sadly did not. She still lives in England and has ever since.

    It’s important that Reine’s story is remembered because it helps us remember that not all Jews were killed in the Holocaust and that everyone can find hope in anything.

    Layla Evans, Year 7


    Alice Colaiacomo, Year 7


    Hari Rehal, Year 8


    Samuel Raji, Year 8






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  • Hearts of Midlothian

    Published 11/11/20

    WWI started on the 4th of August 1914 after failed diplomatic efforts to halt unrest in the Balkans, Eastern Europe. The widely held belief was that the “war would be over by Christmas”. However, the nations’ leaders felt otherwise. Conscription (forcing people to join the army) was unacceptable, so Secretary for War Lord Kitchener needed to encourage people to volunteer to join the British Expeditionary Force. Lord Derby was the first to implement the idea of a “Pals” Battalion in Liverpool. Inside a week, there were enough volunteers to fill four battalions. The idea was that men would be more likely to join up if their pals also joined the war effort.

    One of the most famous pals’ battalions was the Accrington Pals, near Manchester. 1000 men joined inside the first few days of September 1914. In 1916, the British Expeditionary Force led an attack by the River Somme. On the first day of the battle, July 1st, over 50,000 men were killed or wounded; the largest single loss in British Army history. Of the Accrington Pals, 235 were killed and over 350 wounded in the first 20 minutes of action. There was not a street in Accrington that didn’t have a casualty. In Welling and Bexley, men joined the Royal West Kent Regiment, which saw action in India and Gallipoli, as well as in France.

    Ordinary people joined the fight against the Germans and her allies, and this included sports stars too. Clapton Orient’s (later Leyton Orient) players and staff joined the army, inspiring thousands of their fans to do the same. This is the story of Hearts of Midlothian. The 1914/15 season had started well for Hearts with 8 consecutive victories. However, with the war continuing, Hearts’ players and staff decided they should join the war effort on 25th November 1914. The players combined military and football training to go 20 games unbeaten and be top of the league by February. However, the double life began to take its toll on the players, often engaging on night marches the night before crucial fixtures. Most of the team were sent to France before the end of the season. This is the story of some of their players…

    • Lance Corporal James Boyd
      I was a goalkeeper. I was killed on a 'quiet day' on 3rd of August 1916 at the Somme. I was 21 years old. 

    • Sergeant John Allan 
      I played centre back. I was caught in deadly crossfire and was the last Hearts player to
      be killed on 22nd April 1917. I was 30 years old.

    • Private Ernest Edgar Ellis
      I played in defence. I also fought at the Somme in 1916. I was killed in action aged 30.
    • Private Patrick James 'Paddy' Crossan
      I played right back. I was twice wounded and gassed at least once. I returned to play
      football after the war.
    • Sergeant Duncan Currie
      I played at full back. I fought at the Somme in 1916 and was shot in the shoulder.
      I died from my wounds, aged 23.
    • Private Willie R. Wilson
      I played in midfield. I was wounded in the shoulder. I scored a hat-trick at Ibrox, the
      home of Rangers.
    • Lieutenant A. B. Ness
      I played on the wing. Twice wounded in the shoulder. I continued to play after the war. 
    • Private Henry Wattie
      I played in attacking midfield. At the Somme in 1916, I fell, and my body was never recovered.
      I was 23 years old.
    • Private James Hodge Speedie
      I played left wing. I fought in Belgium on the 25th of September 1915 and was killed during
      the battle. My body was never found. I was 21.
    • Corporal Tom Gracie
      I played as a striker. I fought at the Somme in July 1916 and was killed in action, aged 26.
      I am the only Hearts player who died during the war to have a known grave.   
    • Corporal Alfie E. Briggs
      Severely wounded in the back at the Somme in 1916, and I left the army, never to play
      football again.

    WWI affected everyone, from the rich to poor, famous to ordinary. Life was changed beyond recognition. Things we take for granted today, and even then, were removed from everyday life, some never to return. This was the Hearts team in 1914, a number of these never returned and never played again. Hearts finished 2nd that year.

    There are two war memorials to mark this period. The McCrae's Battalion Great War Memorial in Contalmaison and the Heart of Midlothian War Memorial in Haymarket, Edinburgh donated to the city by
    the club in 1922. The latter is currently in storage due to the Edinburgh Trams work. A further memorial commemorating the 1914 Hearts team has been proposed by the club. An annual pilgrimage is held by football supporters to Contalmaison every year, whilst Hearts hold their memorial services at Haymarket or, whilst it is in storage, at Tynecastle Stadium.

    Mr Martin, History Department


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