Year 2 write to an OV evacuee

The topic in Year 2 this term has been Evacuees.  They contacted a former pupil and World War 2 evacuee, Jack Boorne, to ask about his experiences.  The correspondence is here for you to read and enjoy.

Dear Mr Boorne.
We are learning about children who were evacuated during World War 2. We know that you were an evacuee at Warminster School and would like to find out what it was like to be a real evacuee.
In school we have made a little air raid shelter. Did you have an air raid shelter at school or at your Aunty’s house? We went to Swindon Steam Museum and learnt what people had to do to put out a fire or deal with an unexploded bomb. Did you ever see a bomb? Did you get bombs in the countryside?
We know that some children were happy and excited but some children were sad and upset about leaving their mums and dads. How did you feel about leaving your mum and dad? Were you happy at Warminster School? Did you go back to visit your home and your parents? Did your house get damaged because we found out that enemy planes were dropping bombs on the cities? What did your mum and dad do during the war years and where did they shelter?
We think rationing must have been very difficult. We tried having a sweet ration challenge. We took home a month’s ration of Barley Sugars, Jelly Babies and Sherbert Lemons. Not all of us managed to make them last the month or not eat other sweets. Some of us did but we found it difficult. Did you have any sweets and chocolate during the ration years? 
We love playing spy games. Did you ever see a spy?
Something that really worries us is what happened to people’s pets. Were they evacuated? Were they allowed to travel on the trains and buses or were they allowed to shelter in the air raid shelters?
We would be very excited to hear from you. We have attached a photograph of all of us on the day we were evacuated.
Year 2 (Hugo, Darcy, Lillia, Freya, Charlie, Oreste, Sarah, Jasmine Otis, Maya, Monty and Jasper)
Dear Hugo, Darcy, Lillia, Freya, Charlie, Oreste, Sarah, Jasmin Otis, Maya, Monty and Jasper.
Thank you so much for the “Year 2 Evacuees” photograph of you all! You look so authentic that the photograph took me back in time to the days when I was about your age and carried a cardboard box with the gas mask in it every day in case of a gas attack (which fortunately never happened). I can still remember the gas masks had a rubbery smell.
I cannot tell you enough how heart-warming it was to hear about your interest in the experiences of young children who were evacuated from cities like London and Coventry during WWII.
First – a short history on how I happened to be at Warminster School during the war years:
I had just arrived from London with my parents to have a holiday with my Aunty Matie, who lived in Wylye, 10 miles from you, when the war started. This was September 1939 when I was 8 years old. We heard the news listening to the Prime Minister of England on a new device called a wireless, which was driven by a big glass bottle full of lead and acid. Auntie was lucky to have enough money to buy such a “modern” device.
My parents returned straight away to London so my father could return to his engineering job and they left me with Aunty Matie in Wylye to keep me safe. So that is how I became an “evacuee”.
I will answer all your marvellous questions as best I can and I will also share with you some little stories about the wartime experiences that my family and I had in London. I hope you enjoy them:
·              My parents stayed in London until the end of the war as they were very busy helping their country.
My father helped the government in the manufacture of equipment. He was also an air-raid warden at night, helping put out fires in houses.
He worked very hard, with very long hours and one day he collapsed. Luckily after a few days of rest, he got better.
My mother also stayed in London to help “the war effort”. Her main job was cooking food for the soldiers who worked on the guns shooting at the enemy planes which were dropping bombs on London.
Luckily our house in Enfield suffered very little damage from the bombs (because it was 10 miles from the centre of London), so my parents were able to stay there and get some sleep when they could.
·                     I really missed my parents but I was more worried about them because they were in London, which was a very dangerous place. I was told I was very lucky because a lot of people had it much worse than us. So we all did what we had to do.
·                     My parents came down to visit me about every three months while I lived in Wylye and that made me very happy.
But it was a long time, so I was very glad when I was able to spend school holidays with my parents from late 1943.
My mother was home with me most of the time and I can remember us having to shelter several times during the day under the kitchen table when the enemy “buzz bombs” over London went silent (which meant they could land anywhere). That was really scary because a lot of houses got bombed that way.
(A “buzz bomb” was a remote-controlled aircraft loaded with a bomb, which dived to earth when the fuel ran out. The aim was to make the people in London feel very frightened).
·                     Yes, London had food shortages and food had to be rationed. For example, everyone was allowed 2 eggs per week. The citizens had Ration Books to buy food, but often the shops had run out anyway.
Sweets were almost impossible to buy. My father had a big room full of emergency food for people who had lost their homes. So he had a big supply of Ovaltine tablets for drinks and also for neighbours to chew when they were hungry.
In 1944 I started eating the Ovaltine “sweets” too. I ate a lot of them over the next month or so. Guess what? I cannot eat or drink Ovaltine now without feeling sick!
·                     I attended Wylye Prep School for a few months in September 1939. Then I was a weekly boarder at Warminster until the end of 1944. I travelled by bus every weekend to Wylye.
I do not remember an air-raid shelter at Warminster but I do remember we had “safe rooms” in the school to run to if there was an air-raid.
We did not need to dig an air-raid shelter at my Aunt’s because her house was made with sandstone and had a room reinforced with wooden beams where we could be safe if there was an air-raid.
·                     We  heard bombs land in the Warminster countryside but they were only stray bombs which were dumped anywhere by the enemy planes returning home at the end of their raids on the Midlands. The windows of all the houses and buildings were blacked-out so the enemy planes could not see them, so they weren’t bombed.
My friend and I used to collect pieces of metal from the bomb scraps we found, put them on a tray and go round the village to raise money for the wounded soldiers.
I also won 5 shillings in an art exhibition in Warminster for a poster I painted with the message – “Go on Trying to Keep Them Flying!”.
·                     I have many good memories of Warminster. There were also many refugee children at the school. I remember one boy whose family escaped from Poland. He was a good actor and funnily enough, I saw him on some BBC TV shows years later.
·                     We had another very interesting war experience at Warminster – we had an Italian Prisoner-of-War! He was a charming artist who painted all the backdrops for the school plays. We had to call him “Mister” even though he was a sort of “prisoner”.
·                     I did not have a pet animal in London. But just after I arrived in Wylye, my aunt took in a small stray dog and gave him to me while I was there so I wouldn’t be lonely. I called him Bonzo. He had many brown colours in his coat and I remember him well.
In London the animals weren’t evacuated as they were important and loved companions to their owners. They were allowed in to the air-raid shelters too!
·                     Spies!
Anyone who didn’t carry a government Identity Card was regarded with great suspicion – and searched and taken to the local Police Station for questioning if necessary.
There were many reports over the radio and in the newspapers of spies being caught and sent to jail. There were also reports of spies being dropped along the coasts of England and Scotland by enemy submarines and small boats. In particular, Devon and Cornwall (the old smugglers’ haunts) were easy dropping spots for the spies because they were close to Europe!
I tried to spot a spy myself, but I don’t think I ever saw one.
In addition, just some other memories I have of living in the countryside around Warminster and Wylye:
  •        Auntie had a big garden with fruit trees, chickens and ducks and of course a vegetable garden, as everyone in the country needed to be self-sufficient.
  •       Mr Debenham was the postman, who was told to feed the chooks, get the eggs, prune the fruit etc – before he got on his government bicycle to deliver the letters and parcels.
  •        All the telegrams (have you heard about these?) were phoned through from Salisbury Post Office and Auntie wrote the message on to a blank piece of telegram paper for delivery
  •        I was given an old postman bicycle and delivered telegrams for sixpence. The pocket money was very useful.
  •        A few weeks ago I checked Google to see if Aunty’s house was still there. Yes it was still there but there but is now surrounded by motorways!
We are so pleased you are enjoying your history as much as we enjoy remembering some early stories.
Very warmest wished to you all.
(Mr) Jack Boorne

Year 6 Persuasive Writing to the Sorting Hat.

76 Witches Way                                                                                                    Headmasters office       Warminster                                                                                                           Hogwarts                        Wiltshire                                                                                                                Hoggsmeade                ILUV M09IC                                                                                                           H09 WART5                      England                                                                                                                 England                           Thursday 8th February

Dear Sorting Hat,

I really hope you don’t mind me writing to you to explain why you should sort me into the house Ravenclaw.

Others must agree that you are the smartest hat I have ever seen or known. The job you do must be SO tiring. You have to sort everyone in Hogwarts into a house that’s why I thought I would help you out. Well done for reaching 1 million followers on insta-hat. I am one of them.

I am absolutely certain you should put me in Ravenclaw because I am very kind because when my sister got her first wand she was just waving it around and ten accidentally hit my younger brother in the face. So I helped him until he felt better. In addition I am very creative because when I found out I was going to Hogwarts I decided that I should practise some spells. So I made a wand out of wood and practised some sells being very careful not to hit someone in the face! I’m sure you know that I am very curious because when a letter stamped with H on it came through my front door my parents took it off me before I could read it. They said they wanted it to be a surprise but when they took it off me the H stamped in red fell off. I searched all over the internet until I found exactly the same one. It turned out to be the letter that said I could come to Hogwarts. I was over the moon.

Furthermore I am very good at netball which is basically Quidditch on the ground. My sister has the Nimbus 2000 it’s so awesome. My sister is also in Ravenclaw, she says Ravenclaws the best house. My parents were both in Gryffindor so they don’t think Ravenclaws the best house. Did you know there are more firebolts than Nimbus 2000 so there quite rare.

It’s time to put me in Ravenclaw. If you did I would leap over Hogwarts! So do you want Ravenclaw to be lead to victory by someone that’s kind, considerate and curious? That person is definitely me!

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.


Yours sincerely.


17 Church Street                                                                                                      Headmaster’s office Swindon                                                                                                                    Hogwarts                    L7G12BH                                                                                                                   Hoggsmead               England                                                                                                                     England                      8th February 2018


Dear Sorting hat

I am writing to tell you that I want (need) to be in Slytherin. I know that such a cheerful yet still very stern hat such as you would understand. I love your songs because they have so much meaning.

I love the colour green and snakes to. But to become one would be even better.

I have been top of everything and have helped everyone in my class including Jeff Stevens who I LOATH!!! I believe that Slytherin are the best at Quidditch and to play with them would be exuberant and electrically fun as well as fast.

Professor Snape says that I have had higher grades than any of the 7th years have ever had in potions.

My whole family have been in Slytherin and I would be devastated to not be able to follow in their footsteps and be as crafty, creative and cunning as they were.

So would you like the best student that Hogwarts has ever seen to be in Slytherin? I know how much you love Slytherin.

You can make Slytherin the best house it’s just around the corner. I look forward to putting you on at the sorting ceremony.

Yours sincerely



Westbury Leigh Park                                                                             Headmasters Office                      Wilshire                                                                                                  Hogwarts                                        BA13 3LG                                                                                               Hoggsmeade                                  Dale’s road                                                                                            HG5 W12                                                                                                                                                           England


Dear Sorting Hat

I hope you don’t mind me writing to you to give you a good reason to put me in Grifindor

Of course have herd tales of how wise and wonderful and courage’s you are and how you sort people into houses I mean only a smart Hat could do that. Ok now for the reason

In truth am very adventures and brave because when was lost in the woods I found are foot prints and followed them home like you the smartest Hat  in the whole wide world. And my said you made Albuse Dumbledore the man he is now and he is a man fit for a king like you of course.

And we can work together and soon with you wise mind I will reach the top of the Hats with you the all mighty Sorting Hat so would you like Grifindor to have so many house pointes it’s easy to tell who won the house cup then put me in Grifindor.

I’m sure I  have a heart of gold because one day someone fell over so I stayed with them until his parents came and some one of my friends had fallen off of his flying broom stick from 5000ft in the air so I flew up and court him and put him on the ground


Thank you for reading my letter

Yours sincerely


Jasmine Cottage                                                                                                        Headmaster’s Office    Stop Street                                                                                                                Hogwarts                        Fonthill Gifford                                                                                                         Hoggsmead                  Tisbury                                                                                                                      HG5 WI2                        SP3 6QW                                                                                                                                                      ENGLAND                                                                                                                                                      8TH February 2018


Dear The Sorting Hat,

I hope you don’t mind me writing to you to explain why I should be in the best house, Slytherin.

Everyone who has been to Hogwarts tells me that the house sorting is the most important part of the school year. 97% of people I know say that they find the sorting hat song interesting and intriguing. It gets them excited for the year ahead.

I have been practising my Dark Arts meaning I will be ready to fight when I fulfil my greatest ambition of becoming a Death Eater for Lord Voldemort (I am not even scared of saying his name.). My entire family are one of the last pure blood families In the U.K. I know most families including mine have been in Slytherin since the house was founded by Salazar Slytherin. I am cunning, courageous and clever because, once I gave my cousin a bat bogey hex using my father’s wand then placed a nose biting teacup in my cousin’s place at the breakfast table.

If you put me in Slytherin, I would be with people with the same ambitions and thoughts as me. I am sure no one in Gryffindor wants to become a death Eater. My family would be really proud that I am carrying on the tradition of being in Slytherin.

I have been waiting for the opportunity to be in Slytherin my entire life, ever since the day I was born and would be the happiest person in the world if I was put in the one and only Slytherin.

So would you like Professor Snape to be the happiest man in town? Then put me in Slytherin. I will be proud and loyal to the best hours in Hogwarts. I will help Slytherin win the House Cup and the Quidditch Cup. Slytherin will gain an excellent pupil in me.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter,

Yours sincerely.









Life Long Ago – Dinosaur Workshop

On Monday 5th March children from Nursery, Reception and Year 1 were invited to a dinosaur workshop in the hall. Here we met Chris from the Education Group and he showed us how long ago the dinosaurs lived just using a very, very long piece of string! We learnt how fossils were made, what the different types of dinosaurs were according to their food habits and we found out why they became extinct. We even learnt that the biggest dinosaur ever was an Argentinosaurus (which was as long as a football pitch) and the smallest was a Microraptor (and only the size of a chick!)

We then went fossil hunting and became investigative paleontologists. We discovered a T-rex egg, an Allosaurus skull, Pteradactyl poo, numerous claws and we all loved the Iguanadon footprint amongst many other fossils. Chris was very knowledgeable and he took plenty of time to answer all of our questions. The children had a fantastic time and it’s fair to say that they found the workshop dino-rific fun!

Mrs Michelle Finnigan

Year 1

Notre assemblée française!

Classes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 et 7 ont fait une assemblée en français!

They performed

  • stories (La Petite Poule Rousse and Les Trois Petits Cochons),
  • a song (Mon Ane) and
  • poems (L’éléphant and Escargot).

Bravo à tous!

“I felt nervous but once I started speaking French I felt confident.”     Rebecca, classe 5.

“I felt happy performing in front of everybody!”    Elizabeth, classe 5.

“It was really nice to see such a range of ages performing.”    Maisie et Barnabé, classe 6.




IAPS Hockey – Friday 6th October

In the first match we played really well against Yateley Manor School. Our communication was great and so where our passes. But we needed to win a bit more. The score was 3-0 to them. The player of the match was Darcy.

Our second match was against Beaudesert Park School. We defended well but they got five goals past us. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any goals again. The player of the match was Grace.

Then our third match was against Port Regis. We defended so well that the score was 0-0.  Our defending was great and so was our spacing for passes. The player of the match was Amelie.

The forth match was against Chafyn Grove School. This was the same as before good passing and good communication. But what we did much better was running up the pitch when somebody hit the ball. The player of the match was Millie.

Our fifth match was against Perrot Hill School. This game was just after lunch so we were raring to go. But it somehow took us longer to figure them out. The player of the match was Ella.

Then our sixth match was against Salisbury Cathedral School. In this match our spacing was great. Millie and I took turns in the 16-yard hits. I was the player of the match this time.

Our final match was against Richard Pate School. In this match for fifteen minutes it was 0-0. So, we went into a golden goal which means we have five minutes to score a goal the first team that does score wins. But it was still 0-0. So, we went into a penalty shoot. The three people that got volunteered to do that was me, Millie and Amelie. It was a tense moment, I tried to chip in the first goal but missed. Then Richard Pate School scored. Up next was Millie, her hit was straight to the gaolie who kicked it back, she then ran out of time score again. Richard Pate School manged to score their second goal which made them the winners. The player of the match was Ava.

The overall player of the whole day was Amelie.

This was a fantastic day, where we learnt loads of new hockey skills and tips and had so much fun.

Thank you to Mrs Bell and Mr Evans for taking us.

Sophie (Year 6)

Year 5 Bushcraft Trip – Sept 2017

On Monday 18th September, Year 5 went to Cornbury Park for a 3 day residential Bushcraft adventure. We set off at 9.00 that morning, it was a 2 hour trip. When we arrived the staff that were going to be with us for a few days showed us everything we needed to know about the camp. We had a man called Will and a woman called Chloe who were going to be with us for the next 3 days. We were going to sleep in bell tents or shelters. We did lots of really fun activities, in the evening we had a glass of hot chocolate and a brownie, and we would sing songs and say riddles around the campfire. We hardly slept a wink!! Then the next day we would get lovely breakfast.  On the first morning we had a fully cooked English breakfast and then the rest of the day we did activities in our tribes and a swim in the freezing cold lake.  Then we made the survival bracelets, watched Topsy and Edward eat the fish eyes, and play games like predator or sniper.  In the evening we saw a fox. He stayed with us a long time, he was beautiful but because of the fox we were not allowed to sleep in the shelters that night. I really enjoyed Bushcraft because all the staff were really nice to us all and it was a great experience. I did lots of things out of my comfort zone and I will always remember how much fun I had and I will never forget the trip. On behalf of all of Year 5, I would like to thank Mr Fothergill and Mrs Manship for taking us. 


By Amelie Mortimer  Year 5 

Budding authors.

Year Four have written and illustrated some very exciting science fiction books, especially for Reception class. Today we met the authors and listened to them reading their stories.

We were very impressed by their hard work.

Year 2 trip to Stonehenge

Year 2 went on a trip to Stonehenge on Monday 12th June.

We looked at some big stones. They looked like Lego bricks because there was a big lump on some of them. We tried to pull the stones on a big trailer but they were too heavy and it would take 100 people to move it. Some of the stone was from Wales. Freddie and Freya thought the trip was amazing. By Freddie and Freya