Video: Crawley students produce moving tribute to Christmas truce of 1914

Students from a Crawley school have produced a moving tribute commemorating World War One’s Christmas truce of 1914.

The film, by the youngsters from Years 8 and 9 at St Wilfrid’s School, Southgate, depicts the moment soldiers from both sides left their trenches and played football in no man’s land at Christmas 100 years ago.

The cast from St Wilfrid's School SUS-141217-144516001

The cast from St Wilfrid's School SUS-141217-144516001

Inspired by the Sainsbury’s advert which tells the same tale, the film was the idea of headteacher Michael Ferry.

Mr Ferry said: “We’ve always had World War One and Two really key to our Key Stage 3 and 4 history curriculum.

“It kind of built on some of the work we’ve done previously and this was the next step up, particularly due to the fact it was the 100th anniversary.

“This was our moment in time to do something which could hopefully tick the right boxes in recording an historic moment.”

More than 30 students took part in the film – most in front of the camera and some behind the scenes – and Mr Ferry praised their work and their understanding of the importance of the truce itself.

They were helped and guided by head of history Matt Pitman and media technician Josh Smith, who took care of the camera work and editing.

The film was aired to the students and Mr Ferry said they were “chuffed to bits” with the result.

He added: “I wanted us to leave with a tinge of sadness about it and bit of hope and I think Matt and Josh working together have done that.

“It’s a great credit to the students.”

Among the students who took part were: Jessey Vincatessin, Roberta Page, Courtney Waller, Connar Collins, Rukiya Maxwell, Kelsey Norris, Mollie Barnes, Leah Sheridan, Ashleigh French, Holly Costello, Patrick Bellord, Oliver Colbran, Daniel Watson, Adam Harris, Junaid Ghous, Christian Tayman, Brayden Andrews, Zak Badillo, Max Mathieson, Tom Daley, Ben Turner and Freddie Prentice.