STUDENTS from the College have been praised for their activities paying tribute to VE Day, with a college-wide competition attracting nearly 300 entries.

‘Before the pandemic, we had planned an array of different events and activities for students to mark VE Day. Thankfully, we were still able to make it a special occasion with our own VE Day competition, which encouraged students to get involved from home,’ commented headteacher at Bodmin College, Emmie Seward-Adams.

We asked our students to create something inspired by VE Day – a drawing, a window display, creative writing, or whatever they thought best celebrated VE Day 75.

’We were overwhelmed by how many incredible VE Day competition entries were received; we certainly didn’t expect nearly 300!’ said Ms Seward-Adams. ’Our students know things are tough right now during COVID-19, but we still have a lot to be grateful for.

’Knowing what their grandparents and great grandparents went through, our students have talked about how it’s helped them to put everything into perspective and gives everyone a sense of optimism – it’s been really uplifting to hear them talk about that.’

Students submitted various creations including animated films, VE Day iced cakes and cupcakes, poems, family photos and memories, model sculptures and paintings.

’With so many entries received, we decided to set up different categories and choose first, second and third place winners within each. Every single entry was very special, and the efforts shown by our students were just incredible,’ continued Ms Seward-Adams.

’They shared so many stories about what happened in Bodmin, in their own family and in the wider community – we have all learnt so much more about the town’s role during the war and in VE Day.’

Category Competition winners were: Baking – Brooke, year 7; Poster – Emily, year 7; Family Moment – Libby, year 9; Poem – Jemma, year 9; Poppy – Ashleigh, year 9 and Carl year 10; Fruit Collage – Soma, year 7; Window Display – Paige, year 8; Artwork – Maddie, year 9; Model – Blake and Ethan, year 7 & 9; Scene – Brad, year 9; Originality – Rosie, year 11.

’As the WW2 generation lessens, our ability to understand living history also lessens, which leaves us reliant on subsequent generations to lead the way through passed-on memories, artefacts and material,’ added Ms Seward-Adams.

’We commend all our students who have shown how important it is to remember our history’.