More Nancy Wake diaries

Biane

To write a diary entry in character

Dear Diary,

Today was a nerve-wracking day. I woke up at 5:24 on a Saturday. After I ate my scrumptious breakfast, I put on baggy green trousers, a light blue shirt with my charcoal black boots. I did a motherly makeup look with light lip gloss. Sneakily walking through the streets unnoticed, I arrived shortly afterwards at the safe house. I peeked inside and saw two scared British airmen.

The airmen were the type of scared you notice just by looking at them. I slowly walked in and whispered to follow me and to do everything I did. If they followed the plan they would be able to escape and into neutral Spain. They both nodded.

Swallowed in plain black, we slowly left the safe house unseen and walked out glued to the town wall. We reached the edge of the town into the woods. Of course, tonight the Germans would be in the woods and I didn’t want to attract them.   So I shone my torch to the ground. We walked as slowly as we could, one crack of a single stick could blow our cover. We walked for five hours though damp trees. We were making good progress.

Until we heard … the menacing bark of an Alsatian. All of us froze…we were petrified. In my mind the Germans would find us. The canine looked into our direction. I signed to walk as slowly as possible. Then suddenly a beaver ran in front of us. The Germans thought it was a false alarm. We had enough time to escape.

We arrived in Spain and the two British airmen were safe from the Germans. My mission was successful.

Levi

To write a diary entry in character

Dear diary,

Today has been a very annoying day. We almost got captured, TWICE! Normally I would get up at around 6:00pm but today was very different…

My day started unusually late as I didn’t need to wake up early because my mission wasn’t until 6:00 pm. I woke up at 5:30pm so that I had enough time to put on my dark, blue trousers, my green top and my black shoes which would make me camouflaged.

Five minutes later I was creeping round the towns (even though I would stick out there, my clothes would come in handy later on). When I finally reached the men, I told them to copy my every move.

Under the cover of darkness, we headed for the woods. We walked slower than a slug. If one of us stepped on a twig we were going to die. After several hours of walking, we reached a small river. The two men ran towards the river but I felt like someone was watching us…

After no-one was shot I went and stood by the men when SMACK… one of the men slipped and started slowly drifting off downstream. We ran after him and after a little while of running, I was happy to hear someone speak. The only bad news was that it wasn’t the man…

We had run into German troops, I quickly jumped into the bushes and the men followed. I heard shots and yet I wasn’t dead. It was very intense until the shots stopped and after 30 minutes of complete silence I decided to go out…I slowly emerged from the bush that we had been hiding in. We found 3 German soldiers on the floor. I checked if they were actual German soldiers (which they were).

The two men were in complete shock but we had to keep on going. I didn’t even expect them to carry on walking, so that was good. After a while of walking I heard a rustling noise up ahead. I ordered the two men to hide, I then crept forward with my pistol, but then a baby rabbit hopped out of the bushes.  Freedom was at hand.

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Nancy Wake diary entries

The new Rowan class have been studying Nancy Wake aka The White Mouse as part of our immersion topic, We learned about her life and the success she had as a Special Operations Executive (SOE) member in France during World War Two. We learned about her leading people to safety along the freedon trail.

We decided to write our own diary entries in the style of Nancy Wake. Here’s a selection:

Holly

To write a diary entry in character

Dear Diary,

Today I could have lost my life. I wasn’t safe and neither were the people I helped escape.

I slept almost all day and when I did eventually wake up, I was tempted to go back to sleep, but that wasn’t an option. I hauled myself out of bed and put on dark, green clothes that would hopefully camouflage me in the woods. Once I was dressed and darkness was planted upon me, I crept outside.

I glanced at the airmen quickly- and even in the quickest of glances I could tell how nervous they were. I gave out my basic instructions quietly and the airmen nodded in return.

We silently disappeared into the woods so that I could get the British airmen into the hands of the Spanish who would take them and keep them safe. I knew I was risking my life, but this had to be done. We didn’t dare to make a sound because if we did, the Germans (who were surrounding the woods) would come after us and kill us.

Walking slowly, I soon became aware that someone or something was very near. I pulled the airmen behind a tree as I saw the violent eyes of a German dog. My heart beat quickened. I could hear the airmen breathing intensely beside me and I knew they were thinking the same as I was. We had been caught.

The dog had tracked our smell or something, as it suddenly bounded towards us, baring its teeth. I could make out figures in the distance, running towards us. A small leaf landed on the dog’s back and it spun round, barking furiously. This was our chance! I pulled the men behind another tree, just in time as the dog spun round again. Two Germans stood either side of the dog. Their expressions became grim as they muttered furiously about stupid dogs.

Fortunately, the Germans hadn’t seen us. We were safe! The dog angrily glared into the distance until it turned around and walked away. I turned to face the airmen and noticed that their teeth were chattering, their eyes were almost frozen in shock and their lips were a dark shade of blue from the icy weather. The only thing that mattered now was getting them to safety.

Several hours passed as we trudged through the woods. I couldn’t help thinking about how lucky we were that the leaf had fallen on the dog’s back; if that hadn’t have happened, we’d probably be dead by now. I almost even smiled to myself.

Eventually two Spanish guards came into clear view. I almost leapt for joy- we were safe, my job was done and I had achieved the almost impossible!

The British airmen thanked me hugely and I watched them walk into the distance with a spring in their step. I just about stopped myself from cheering out loud.

Joe

To write a diary entry in character

Dear diary,

Today was stressful but I’m relived its done.

The day started at 4.00pm under the cover of darkness. I put on my darkest clothes and left the lodge.

Once I had gotten to the safe house there were 2 British airmen waiting for me, they were petrified when I came because they thought I was a Nazi. I said to them, once they realised I wasn’t a Nazi,

“If you do what I do, you will be safely at the rendezvous point”.

When we got to the woods I tell the airmen, “Don’t make any loud noises”. Every time we heard a German we froze praying he hadn’t seen us. Suddenly a German soldier started coming towards us … until another soldier called him and then he left.

After that we carried on going. Finally, we saw the opening one hour later with the Spanish people there ready to take them across the Pyrenees mountains to Spain.

Mission accomplished.

Annaliese

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Dear diary,

Today I think that I had had an extremely narrow escape from the Germans My day started in the afternoon, I had overslept until four o’clock as I had to help some British airmen across the freedom trail. I didn’t know what the day would hold but I knew that I had help as many people as I possibly could.

I got out of bed and put on my baggy camouflage trousers and my army green woollen jumper-it is my most comfortable and camouflaged jumper-and went downstairs. I waited for five more ours until I decided it was dark enough to make my way to the safe house in the woods.

When I arrived in the safe house, I noticed something; there wasn’t anyone there. But then I heard the clinking of cutlery on china and I knew that they were in the kitchen. I entered the room. There was an army general and the house maid sitting in the room eating disgusting, red corned beef.

In less than a millisecond, the general, who had his cap on backwards, stood up and saluted me. I told him not to do that, so he sat down and said in a voice that was quieter than a whisper “OK ma’am.” I then explained to him that his hat was on backwards and that no-one needs to call me ma’am or anything fancy like that. He just needed to finish his unappetising corned beef and follow me.

Half an hour later, we finally set off. He was slower than a sloth. He definitely had no brains! He walked straight into a German search beam. Idiot! It was almost like he wanted us to get caught.  I pulled him back, but it was too late…We had been spotted. There were dogs barking, sirens wailing and men shouting. We were doomed! Without warning the general started itching his neck. Then he suddenly lifted his whole face off and revealed who he really was…Adolf Hitler! So he was not an old bumbling fool after all. That was the last I remembered of that night.

A few minutes later, I woke up. I was in my own comfortable bed. The time was four o’clock. I was covered in cold sweat. My clothes were where I had left last night. It must have been a dream…or was it?

James

To write a diary entry in character

Dear Diary,

Today was a stressful day. I had to get two airmen out of German captivity! I started the day off by sleeping in till 4.00pm, I only did this because the dangerous mission that lay ahead was in the evening after dark. It started to get dark at 6.30pm. When I got up and got dressed I wore my dull blue top, my heavy black combat boots and my dark green trousers. Then I started walking down the dark street.

When I got to the forest I started to crawl to keep a low profile and stay quiet so that the Germans in the forest couldn’t hear me or see me. After 45 minutes of crawling I finally made it to the airmen -they both looked petrified. With my finger I indicated to them to follow me. They both nodded their heads slowly, then we started to move back in the direction we came.

 After 15 minutes of walking disaster struck….. one of the airmen coughed! Immediately after that, a huge German Shepard appeared out of the bushes baring its teeth! Then I heard sirens and the voices of men: we all stood dead still. Just then a badger, who had obviously been disturbed, ran out past the dog, the dog chased it and luckily the Germans took it as a false alarm. We waited for what felt like hours the we kept on moving towards the edge of the forest where we met men who would fly them back home. After 30 more minutes of walking through the dense, dark forest we finally made it out. The two airmen would be flown back to base and I would go home and go back to bed.

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Last day for the 2018 – 2019 Rowan Class

Congratulations to all the children in Rowan Class for completing their final year at Liss Junior School. You should all be very proud of what you have achieved.

Have a great summer and good luck in your future education!

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Rowan Class Pizza Party

After reaching 175 class credits, the children voted to have a pizza part and time on the field on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, the weather was horrible, so time on the field became a film in class. However, we did make some extremely tasty pizzas as the photos below show.

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A train trip to Bohunt and back

Over the last couple of weeks Year 6 have been working with East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership and South Western Railway to prepare for rail travel as they move on to secondary school and increasingly have more independence with their leisure time. The first session was classroom based where the children explored train timetables, how to buy a ticket, safety on the railway and what to do in the case of emergencies. The children asked lots of questions and listened really carefully to all the information given.

Today was a more practical session where Year 6 met Mark and Andy from South Western Railway to take a train journey from Liss to Liphook and from there walk to Bohunt School before getting the return train back to Liss. The children had to simulate buying a ticket, find information about train times, and answer questions about rail safety and things you could find at the station, before boarding the train.

After walking to Bohunt and making the return journey, the children felt far more confident about traveling independently and gave good answers when questioned on what they had learned over the two sessions.

We would all like to thank Lucy, Mark and Andy who made these sessions possible and provided such a quality learning experience for the Year 6 pupils.

 

 

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Calshot 2019 – Day 3

Sorry for the relative lateness of this post – yesterday was very busy and there are a lot of very tired children and staff!

Yesterday at Calshot started with another room inspection. Again, the results were very good. A full English breakfast followed for those who wanted it before teh morning activities began. This involved shooting, skiing, climbing, orienteering and initiative tests. Once again the children impressed and Mr Frost said that Group 4 carried out the best initiative test that he had ever seen at Calshot.

Lunch was chicken wraps or pasties before another afternoon of kayaking or sailing. The weather was extremely changeable during the session, but the Caklsot staff adapeted the teaching brilliantly and all the children had a great experience.

Dinner was a chicken or vegetable curry and then the children went on to rushing rockets or team games where they learnt a new version of dodgeball.

It was a very quiet Mitchell House last night as everyone got some much needed sleep.

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