Skill Horizons Road to Rememberance

In 2012 when Skill Horizons was asked to produce an interactive and current way of students to engage with Step Short for Folkestone Town Council and Stepshort, to date SH has deliver to over 1000 students from across the Folkestone and Dover districts

 

What is the Road to Rememberance

Step Short

 

It is thought that up to 10 million troops may have passed through Folkestone during the First World War en-route to or from the battlefields of northern France and Belgium.

 

Those passing through the town were not just British. An estimated 40,000 were Canadians who were billeted in Folkestone, and 200 are buried in the cemetery at nearby Shorncliffe Camp. A lesser-known role for the town was as a sanctuary for 64,000 Belgian refugees who landed there soon after the declaration of war in 1914. They were taken in by local families and churches.

Skill Horizons Package

Skill Horizons Road to Remembrance piece is the first steps to begin to understand the sacrifices made by so many who left Folkestone for France.  We start with a with a walk or Geocache along The Leas to the Road of Remembrance, formerly known as Slope Road, where soldiers were ordered to ’Step Short’ down the steep hill to the harbour. Here the new Memorial Arch unveiled by Prince Harry in 2014 (pictures at bottom of page) stands proud to honour soldiers and civilians. Its where that students sit on the seats and read the engravings and reflect, looking over at the step hill that 1000s marched down to an uncertain future.

 

 We then return to in front of the Grand Hotel and complete our reflect piece on the grass bank overlooking the channel, this piece came about after reading about poet Wilfred Own who had written to his mother about his stay at the hotel in 1917 staying in the hotel behind us.  The postcard students draw a picture on the front and then write their final postcard to their parents or loved ones

 

Depending on the duration we also embark around Folkestone taking in other sites including Tontine Street where more than 60 civilians were killed in May 25, 1917.

How Skill Horizons Deliver Step Short

Deliver by our team of self taught experts, it is a three part process (which can be lengthened or shortened) and engages student in different ways to maintain the knowledge

Geocaching

Taking coordinates and navigating around the Skill Horizons Road of Rememberance Trail

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Class Room Based

Gain expertise in glass-forming techniques by inflating molten glass into a bubble using a blowpipe. You’ll receive constant supervision and guidance.

Relect

This is where all elements of the project come together, and students  reflect on their own journey, this includes art, discussions and postcards home in the body of the soldier

Teach Training Day Takes in the History of their Town

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HRH Prince Henry of Wales

On the 4 August 2014 Skill Horizons were fortunate to be part of the Commemorative March down the Road of Rememberance to the Harbour. A military march from the Metropole on the Leas, led by the band of the brigade of Gurkhas, will be followed by a Civilian March led by the Pipes and Drums. It was at this time crammed together as you walked in those before you footsteps, that you got a sense of what it must of been like as they marched onto the ships to france


Picture: HRH Prince Henry of Wales laid a wreath at the nearby War Memorial on behalf of the Nation. Where two Buglers played The Last Post.

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