War-recollections book wins Gravesend school top enterprise prize
PUBLISHED: 09:37 14 July 2011
»Interviews with six war veterans, including two members of staff, that were collected and published for a book by a school’s history students have won a prize.
St John’s Comprehensive School’s History Society won the Young Dragons Business Enterprise Project on Thursday after publishing 100 copies of their book Life at the Sharp End. It charts the lives of servicemen since 1945.
Released in conjunction with the 90th anniversary of the British Legion, the book includes the stories of the Gravesend school’s caretaker Pat Sane, a veteran of the UN’s action in the Democratic Republic of Congo, during the 1960s and of history teacher Michael Brace who served in the Falklands.
Head of history Colm Murphy said: “We have strong links with the British Legion. The students put in all the work out of school hours and have produced a top quality book entirely off their own back.”
More than 70 copies have been brought, with all proceeds going to the British Legion.
At the finals at Sessions House, Maidstone, St John’s beat competition from four rival schools to take the prize.
A second book, a collection of art and poems by Year Nine pupils called A Single Cross, has also been published.
Both are on sale from the school – £6 for the Life at the Sharp End and £3 for A Single Cross.
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