This term, we were learning about WWI and we have created our own propaganda posters which were intended to persuade people to join the army. We have taken some photos of our class making these posters which can be found below.
Mr Diedo visit
In Year 6, we were learning about WW2. Mr Diedo, who was a former part of Steephill School, came back and talked to us about WW2 in Malta. Mr Diedo shared with us lots many of his own families experiences within the war including a story of how a family member had died in the war; he had talking to his friends by the port and they all noticed this bomb floating down from the sky. They were not focusing on the bomb, they were focusing on the silk parachute attached to it. Once the bomb had landed, he and his friends went to take off the parachute, since silk was an expensive material. His family member didn't realise that the bomb was set to explode automatically when it sensed something metal and then him and his friends sadly perished.
We were lucky enough to see the Military war medals which were awarded to his Father-in-law (Gerald Balzan MM) which included the medal for exceptional bravery on the battlefield - a medal that was only awarded to 15,000 men during the whole war. He explained that his Father-in-law won the medal by protecting a damaged ship which was in the dock for repairs. He was able to successfully defend the ship, despite multiple bombs falling around him.
One of the most surprising things was King George awarded the whole island of Malta with the George's cross for bravery which is now presented on their flag.